Monday, October 2, 2017

Sunday's Story

I woke up early on Sunday and it was chilly outside. It was 41 degrees here in Redford, but the weatherman said it was around 32 degrees in some nearby places and warned of light frost!

I ate a couple of waffles for breakfast after posting to the Blog.

I watched some of the morning news while drinking my second cup of coffee. I was killing time until noon, when it was supposed to be quite warmer. I had to work in the garage, you see.

I finally shaved, showered and got dressed. I ate a half of a ham sandwich and a small bowl of soup for lunch. Then I pulled the truck outside, swept the floor and dug out my special 2x4's.

Sidebar: They are not that special, lol! I just sanded them down on all sides with the belt sander. I use them to set the toy box on so nothing gets scratched on the garage floor.

I shut the garage door to try and keep what little heat there was in. I turned on the air compressor and then I went back upstairs. I immediately had to treat the damn cat.

Then I carried the toy box downstairs and out to the garage. I set it on its back on the 2x4's. I used the brad nailer and wood glue to attach the shelf support braces. Then I stood it up and used the glue and my finish nailer to (finally) attach the arms to the sides.

I filled in the holes left by the finish nailer on the arms with wood putty, so I won't be able to sand them today. They'll need to dry overnight.

Then I laid it on its back again and got the palm sander. I loaded it up with 220 grit sandpaper and began sanding.

Sidebar: I had this all sanded once with 220 grit paper, but hand-sanding down the veneer edging with 150 grit paper left marks on the edges of the plywood.  So, it all had to be sanded again, inside and out.

Obviously, the side on the top was fairly easy to reach. But the side sitting on the 2x4's was a bit more difficult. At first, I tried just bending way over, but my back quickly rebelled at that idea. So, I got the step stool from the house (the one I couldn't get up on the other day) and sat on that. It was shorter than a chair so it was closer to the work.

Sidebar: Getting up from sitting on it was a bit more difficult, and probably funny to watch, but do-able.

I changed sandpaper for each side and took my time. I'm still not certain if she's going to stain it or paint it (she keeps changing her mind). But either way, I want this sucker as smooth as a baby's butt!

I took a break around 2:30 p.m. and turned the Lions game on (already in progress). I watched for a short while and then got back to work.

I finished the toy box body (minus the arms) around 5:00 p.m. Then I got out another fixture I had made and sanded the lid.

I set the toy box off to the side. I opened the garage door and swept all the sawdust out. Then I pulled the truck in and closed the garage door. I went inside and treated the cat again. I saw on TV that the Lions won 14-7. Cool!

I took off my clothes and grabbed a quick rinse-off shower to get rid of the sawdust.

It was after 6:00 p.m. and I was hungry. But, I couldn't face the other half of ham sandwich and more soup, so I made some mushroom agnolotti and Alfredo sauce. I put the two together and dished some out. But, when I started eating it, it tasted funny. I checked and I didn't buy my usual Alfredo sauce, but the three cheese Alfredo sauce. I didn't much care for it, so I skipped seconds and put the rest in the fridge for leftovers.

I started watching some taped DIY shows and crashed like a rock (it had been a long physical day).

The phone woke me at 9:30 p.m. It was Amanda. She and Scott had gone to the Renaissance Festival and she wanted to tell me all about it.

I told her the toy box was just about finished and she asked if I could deliver it on Tuesday after 5:00 p.m. when Scott was home and could help me unload it. I said sure, no problem.

I went back to the TV when we hung up. This time I was watching NCIS: Los Angeles (I thought more action might help keep me awake). It ended at 10:30 p.m. I shut off the TV and went to bed.


  1. Thank Heaven the box is almost done...Now you can get down to real work. In Rd: "Getting up from sitting on it was a bit more difficult, and probably funny to watch, but do-able." How do you get off the floor? I have to roll on my Stomach and use my arms.

  2. I have to try and do that as well (not always successfully, I might add). But, I wasn't on the floor. I was sitting on my step stool. Getting up from that is hard, but not as hard. I no longer do floors unless somebody is there to to assist me.