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A Day of Good and Bad (totally off topic)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I've probably mentioned a few dozen times here how badly I need bookcases. Last night I sat down and designed some really simple ones to make out of wood. Nothing fancy - just verticals with horizontals in between.

GOOD: I mentioned my project to my neighbor Ken, hoping he'd give me a good price on some boards. Turns out he gave me the best price of all: FREE! I lugged them home and they're thawing in the kitchen as I write this. Also, I already have the electric drill. I have the drill bits. I even have the screws with the countersunk head.

BAD: Now for a saw....I have several battery-powered saws. I have several batteries. I have several battery chargers. BUT DO YOU THINK I HAVE ONE LOUSY SET OF SAW/BATTERY/CHARGER THAT MATCH? Offffff course not. emoticon

I think I may just lose my mind entirely.
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    My hubby made some long wooden stools not too long after we built our house and shifted in. He didn't have tools other than a hand saw, a hammer and file and a chisel. He crouched under the house (the floor is 5' off the ground and there is the sub-flooring which reduces headroom to even less) and made 3 stools ...... all totally by hand. They are still in use over 20 years later :-) You will figure it out!!

    (BTW, I know what it is like - I have that sort of problem here, too, with all my leads and bits and bobs - LOL!)
    1553 days ago
    Take a break and listen to the song, Ride my See Saw by The Moody Blues. Perhaps then you will see the saw parts in your mind's eyes. I like to look down at my hands to find lost items Then I follow my hands. I think sometimes my hands know where they are. Good Luck! emoticon emoticon
    1556 days ago
  • PCOH051610
    You are one smart cookie!
    1556 days ago
    Neighbors with tools and supplies are the very best neighbors of all!
    1557 days ago
    Perhaps you can pile some books on the ends of each board to hold up the next board.
    Forget the saw altogether.
    1558 days ago
    Well, where the heck is Ken now?? LOL!! Hope you got this figured out!!
    1558 days ago
    Improvise until you can get the batteries. I like the idea of crates with boards between two of them. That way you can use the crate as well as the boards for shelves.

    When I needed a way to lift the firewood from the basement floor I could not afford nor find a log holder. I did have some cinder blocks and some old wood planks in basement. I used them to create my own log holder. It works so well now I do not have to buy one!
    1558 days ago
    I say karate chop them in half!
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    1558 days ago
    KAREN, you can do this any way you choose unless the boards are too long for your room. I still like the idea of crates, bricks or cinder blocks till you can find a way to saw them to length.
    I like the crates you can have them front facing so books can stay in a few special places.

    If your wood is too wet it will bow so I hope you can lie them flat to prevent bowing. Great job hugs, Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon Books out of the boxes gives you more space. Pat emoticon
    1559 days ago
    The right tools sure make a job easier, don't they/ How long are the boards, could you just use them the length they are? I like to find the easy way to do things.... but as I learned in a carpentry class I took years ago, measure twice and cut once..
    good luck

    1559 days ago
    Maybe your neighbor has saw you could borrow. emoticon
    1559 days ago
  • JANEDOE12345
    Yeah, that's a lot of boards. If they are frozen, perhaps you could score a line and crack them, like you would a pane of glass?

    You sound like you are getting stir-crazy with all those books everywhere. I have a room upstairs for a lot of mine but there are inevitably little nests of them everywhere else.

    Doggone literacy. I knew it would be a problem.

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    1559 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/16/2014 6:45:25 PM
    Glad you are at least half way there... Huzzah for awesome neighbors!
    1559 days ago
    LOL. Maybe Ken can help with that too. He sounds like a pretty good neighbor.
    1559 days ago
  • JANEDOE12345
    This is kind of Luddite of me, but have you no hand-saw? No Shark saw? If you don't have a Shark (which pre-dates and is unrelated to the vacuums) then check one out at a hardware store. They keep their edge for eternity and are of such quality that it is a pleasure to handle and use them. I think they are called a Shark. Maybe some other predator? But the one in my shed is 15 years old and still good. It gets little use, of course...I prefer to use a breadknife on pine, lol.
    1559 days ago
    At least you still have some of your mind to lose. Mine is gone completely. (smiling) I know what you mean. How about a creative bookcase of all different lengths? You know, those creative-looking ones that hang long at the ends?
    1559 days ago
    of course not! Isn't that how it always works?

    1559 days ago
    that just ain't right.
    1559 days ago
    I know exactly how you feel. You have what you need - if only things matched or worked or went together. The good news is you can get a battery for one of those saws??

    At least I hope so!
    1559 days ago
    I feel your pain emoticon
    1559 days ago
    just use cinder blocks for risers between the wood boards. I did this in my college days.
    1559 days ago
  • CDCSMITH2013
    It all goes so smoothly until you hit that one kind of major bump. I'd be out trying my husband's speak knives and other fancy cutlery he has (which wouldn't work by the way and I'm not saying why I know this). Hope the rest of the project goes as smoothly as it started initially.
    1559 days ago
    emoticon At least the boards are not going anywhere. I remember using tomatoe soup cans as the risers in one apartment. It got a few comments, lol. I get very frustrated with batteries. My DH has a system and for the life of me I can't figure it out. Too many batteries and I can never find the ones that work. Yeah for your ingenuity.
    1559 days ago
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