Confession: I know nothing about making furniture.
This is particularly funny/sad because my dad is a Master Cabinetmaker AND an engineer.
But I’m not going to let little details like utter ignorance and lack of tools hold me back.
My fabulously ambitious plan:
Fabulously Ambitious Plan meets Delightfully Crappy iPhone Photo.
I desperately need a space for crafting that doesn’t involve me hunched over the coffee table while Alan is trying to watch soccer. So I am building a bookshelf with a drop-leaf crafting table. It’s going to be amazing! If I can ever figure out how to actualize it. Apparently trying to support the weight of a 25lb sewing machine on a drop-leaf without any sort of wood-joining knowledge is not so easy.
So yesterday I took a trip to The Home Depot, carting along my measuring tape and the above notebook with its
scribbled sketches highly technical design plan.
FIVE. HOURS. LATER. I emerged with a glazed deer-in-headlights expression and some supplies.
How could it have taken you so long? you wisely ask. Aren’t you a DIY expert?
Ahem. No. But DIY is all about the spirit of learning and improvisation and leaving expertise out of it! Right??
It turns out that when you don’t have any vocabulary for hardware (doohicky doesn’t count), aren’t really sure how to construct what you need in the first place, and failed those Spatial Reasoning Aptitude Tests in elementary school, you end up resorting to an ongoing game of Charades to explain yourself. Or at least, you do if you’re me.
On the plus side, I learned how to navigate the gargantuan labyrinth that is The Home Depot, developed an intimate knowledge of where exactly the right casters for the right project are, didn’t get trapped in the paint aisle (my usual downfall in hardware stores), and met half of the employees on duty. Thank you, Peter, Angel, Keon, Robert, and others, for all your help and patience while I used my notebook and phone as props to literally show you my crazy idea!
On the down side, I’m still not really sure how the support component of the table is going to come together.
Clearly it’s time to consult my dad.
Do any of you have advice for a wannabe furniture maker? What hilarity has ensued in realizing your grandiose DIY dreams?