Yet another hobby

It seems I’ve picked up yet another time-consuming interest with which to fritter away my nearly-nonexistent free time.

Our new house needs much work to make it feel like home, and you can bet I’ve already come up with a wishlist of projects. Starting, for example, with covering up all the wood-paneled walls in the den (-gag-) with beautiful Craftsman-style bookshelves. (Firstly, I’ve always wanted a library – when I was a kid I would organize and alphabetize my bookshelf and draw labels for each section – and secondly, a toddler plus two tippy Ikea bookshelves stacked two- and three-deep with trade paperbacks just isn’t a recipe for happiness. And thirdly, the wood paneling must disappear, but I really don’t feel up to pulling it all out. Much simpler to hide it behind books.)

But who wants to pay big bucks for ugly ultra-simple particle-board melamine shelves? This is more what I had in mind:

Once again, my taste outstrips my financial resources. So if I want the lustrous, perfectly chiseled mortise-and-tenon shelves of my Craftsman-obsessed imagination, I’m going to have to make them myself.

Only one problem: I really suck at carpentry. I mean even your basic ugly-but-it’ll-hold-together framing carpentry – much less fine woodworking. I’m far too impatient for detail work.

Oh, and also: any of the tools that would make it easier to be better at carpentry are waaay out of my price range. This means that not only will I suddenly have to become much, much better at measuring, but that once I learn the ropes I’m going to have to do it all by hand. And when I say “by hand” I mean just that – no power tools involved. (Well ok, maybe with a borrowed orbital sander and – hopefully, if I can find some friends that own one – a router).

Nonetheless, I have chosen to embark on this learning path of pain (I’ve already sliced my palm open with a chisel and formed three new blisters on each hand). I’ve bought and devoured some woodworking books that I’ll review soon… and I’ll be letting you know how it goes.

4 Responses to “Yet another hobby”

  1. Aunt Nancy Says:

    Good luck with that. Fabric is much easier to manipulate when you’re being creative. Wood doesn’t have any give! :)

  2. Katie Says:

    Um, “I’m far to impatient for detail work?” I don’t think this describes you at all! :smile:

  3. John Stoneham Says:

    Well, that was easy. I have a router. Just have to get it back from the other guy who’s borrowing it. :)

  4. diana Says:

    Awesome! Soon I will house ALL your power tools!

    Feel like buying a table saw anytime soon? -laugh-

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