She loves camp, was so excited to go, talked about how some of her best memories are from camp so I am always happy that she is able to go. And she has a way of just about driving me nuts before she goes so that I am ready for a little break (Yes, I am one of THOSE moms who believe a little break from the children every now and then is a healthy thing!). I will be missing her sunny disposition and go getter attitude by the end of the week, but for now, I am enjoying quieter days and more time to work.
I made this bench yesterday, which seemed to come together in no time at all, maybe the uninterrupted time to work helped!
I started with four spindles I had and some reclaimed 1x3 pieces. I cut the end pieces 11" and the longer pieces 48". I attached the smaller pieces to the spindles first with 2 screws in each,
and then the longer pieces.
I then cut some very dense, hard pallet wood pieces 14" long. I am not sure what type of wood this is, but I have used it before--it is heavy! I takes some time for the saw blade to cut through and predrilling is a must. I attached these to a 6 1/2" board that was cut the inside length of the apron base, that fits between the legs.
Use 2 screws to secure each board.
Secure the top to the bench base with two screws in the end,
and two screws in each side. I could have, should have used my kreg jig for this, but didn't since these weren't vital to making the piece solid.
I painted the top,
and fninshed it with some wax. HERE is my waxing technique.
It works great as a coffee table or a bench.
Oh, and the drink in my glass?
My new favorite, I am trying to not drink Diet Pepsi drink: in my 2 qt. pampered chef bowl I add 4 green tea bags--2 regular and 2 flavored, lemon is my favorite, boiling water, honey to taste. With lemon tea I add lemon juice, fresh ginger, and cucumber. I also use fruit teas and usually add some fresh or frozen fruit to it. Let it steep, serve over ice, delicious and oh so much better for you than pop!