if i can do it so can you
yesterday, wait. nope...two days ago, i was at the job site NOT WORKING but hanging out. yes, i didnt work 1 hour this week, not one. the pressure i felt to do things i dont wanna do in horrible heat was lifted and i get that they get it about what i can and can't, will and wont do. what a relief. i even tried to help but it was obvious i wasnt needed. wound my ego? nope :)
anyhow. while i was there someone dropped by that we all know who works for the city and they were off to dump some pallets. he knows i will take just about anything and my friend cassy was with me and we both wanted them. she got a beauty with really thick pieces of wood that i believe will be turned into a shoe rack. i took the others. next part i dreaded: removing the wood. in order to get them into my car i decided to do it right then and there. at least try. its hard. i got help. in fact i pretty much stood there and observed a master at work removing them faster than i could fathom. all that was left was gong home and removing all the nails. so, i lugged the wood home and cut it and nailed pieces together/wood screwed others and wahla. i have a simple little coffee table 'bout 33" in length and 19" wide. little area underneath to store my laptop and other crap that i hate having on top all the time. since i dont own a tv i watch everything online on the coffee table but doesnt mean i want it there 24/7.
i put some rebar inbetween the 2 legs. is it indestructible? hell no. does it wobble? no. is it 100% even? well i dont know cuz i live in a loft with an uneven concrete floor. i did have to remove one leg and redo it as it was too uneven. but now it seems fine, especially on my bamboo floor mat.
did i clean it really really well? no. did i sand it. no. did i stain or finish the wood. NO. i even used old rusty nails and reused wood screws. there was a fervor involved whereby i didnt want to take long, didnt want to make something amazing. just something nice, simple and functional. furniture making is hard. really hard. taking all those dang boards off is just as hard. yesterday i got 4 more pallets and today i almost gave myself a stroke out there crowbarring them off. old old old wood that is just stuck on there and cracking like mad. i figure i can at least cut it and use the good parts. looks like barn wood some of it.
i'm distracted too by the feeling of time running out....sooner or later i will get more neighbors and they will be students most probably and it WILL be more noisy again. and i WILL HATE IT. and i wont sleep well. i feel like i need to stay in this downtown area and i would love to have a workspace indoors. but WHERE???????
distracted even further by that new laptop that i got a few weeks ago. i've yet to integrate my other 2 with it as its a windows 7 and the others are xp. my whole synchronization of toolbar/password/browser stuff....email .....suffice to say i feel spread thin and scattered. accomplishing little. hence the table that had to be made pronto. accomplish something just to derive some satisfaction. instant gratification.