Every good backyard needs a fire pit!
We have an area of our yard totally shaded by tall trees that doesn’t grow much grass. I figured that’d be a good spot for a small pit, so over the weekend I ringed it out in stone, dug it down a bit, and lit our first fire.
The kids love it, and it’ll be nice to sit outside on cool, spring nights and have a toasty fire to roast marshmallows over.
Remember the cozy office space I’ve been working on? Well it’s gone. It’s been deconstructed.
Why, you may ask, would I do such a thing after working on it for a good amount of time? Well we decided that space would be better used as a reading nook for the kids, so everything has been removed from the space to get it ready for painting.
The plan now is to move my office space to the basement, and use the rest of the basement as a rec room for company. We’ll be donating a lot of old toys the kids don’t play with anymore, and moving what they do play with upstairs. While the initial idea of using the basement as a play room for the kids seemed good at the time, they just don’t really go down there that much.
I’ve hit a snag with my reclaimed wood gaming table, and that snag is the face that my garage is a complete mess. What’s a dude to do? Clean the damn thing out! I’ve finally got an annual pass to the local bulk waste center, and I’m taking van loads over trying to get rid of everything we don’t need anymore.
Once that’s set, I should have enough room to continue work on the table. It’s OK, though, I’ve had plenty of time to come up with new ideas for how to build it while I haven’t been working on it.
Now that the holidays are over, and I’ve amassed enough reclaimed wood, it’s time to start work on the <a href=”http://rck2.net/2012/11/19/reclaimed-wood-gaming-table-intro/”>gaming table</a>! The first step is to pry apart the pallets I’ve collected and make all the cuts. From there I’ll sand some pieces and starting planning out how the table will go together.
I’ll keep a photo log of the process here, so keep an eye out.
Unfortunately the new office has a slight problem. The braces I used to hold my new desks in place are slowly coming out of the wall. For now I’ve had to cut some temporary legs for the main desk, but eventually I’ll have to add 2 more braces to that, and an extra one for my monitor shelf. I may even have to replace the anchors in the walls with stronger ones.
Thankfully nothing is threatening to fall…yet.
While I continue to work on my standing desk office, I’ve decided to start another project. Every month I get together with a bunch of friends to play tabletop games. We call ourselves Board Games and Brandy, due to the fact that we play board games and…you guessed it…drink brandy.
The only problem with our current game nights is that we don’t have a very good table to play our games on. An idea setup would be a table that was large enough to hold a fairly big game, had under-the-table storage for books, dice, snacks, etc…, was easily folded up and stored away, and that had a felted top with banked sides to safely and easily roll dice.
After seeing a great article on Lifehacker about a great way to reclaim wood from old shipping pallets, I decided to try my hand at making a gaming table using that idea.
I’ll be posting my progress as I start to work on this. Right now I’ve already gotten a few good pallets to take apart, but I’m going to need a bunch more. Thankfully the local hardware store has let me know what any pallets left out by their dumpster are up for the taking.