A cold weather project for my daughter's first Birthday

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Project by Mark Shymanski posted 03-29-2008 10:25 PM 2469 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
A cold weather project for my daughter's first Birthday
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I was living in Wpg. at the time and had no room for woodworking tools and the spare bedroom/workshop that had been renovation central and with Lauren’s arrival it was converted into a … can you believe it… a bedroom.

Anyway all my tools were now out at my Dad’s welding shop about a 1/2 hour drive away and even further in the winter (and I had a 4 wheel drive at the time). Now Dad would go out and start up the wood stove if I ‘phoned him early enough but depending on the weather it could take a full day to heat up above 0 C never mind comfortable. Anyway, I had the bug in my ear to build my little girl a kid sized chair (found a plan on a web site for it) and no real woodworking tools. So I went to my local RONA and bought some dimensioned boards, borrowed my brother in law’s router and got my table saw and some hand tools out of storage at Dad’s to make this little chair.

Work pressures being what they were I only managed the odd 1/2 hour here and there (spending much of it kibbitizing with my Mom who felt we didn’t visit enough, which was probably true or cleaning various welding paraphenalia out of the way ) so progress was slow and cold and sporadic. I finally got it together and had to find a place warm enough to paint it and let it dry before it froze. Its made of pine boards and a whole lot of mistak…learning opportunities. It stands about 18” high and about 9 wide it should have been an inch or two deeper so it would be less tip resistant. Lauren and Paul have both decorated it since with various stickers and unidentifiable substances. Lauren loved it and her little brother uses it as well. I guess I need to make him a matching table or something…,maybe a barrister bookcase…

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#1 posted 03-30-2008 01:43 AM

You gotta do what you gotta do. Nice little chair.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 07-31-2008 07:31 AM

Nice little chair.good job

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#3 posted 08-02-2011 05:28 AM

And so many days later, I”m sure your little girl is still using it! Funny to read of peoples situations and all the “work arounds” they have to come up with in order to do what I take for granted. Now before you think I’m talking about talant or craftsmanship… no I”m referring to your comment about the cold and paint freezing. While I grew up in The Syracuse/Oswego NY area and know cold – I now live in Florida and know heat! Freezing cld is seldom a worry… humidity – that’s another thing. Took four days for a recent paint project to dry.

Nice job on the chair, Mark

-- Harold

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