DIY # 1 … first project of 2017

Project #1 for the new year is now complete – and you will see it carries forward a familiar theme … adapting a new set of rolling drawers to suit our needs.

One of the most useful, inexpensive storage items we have found is a 6-drawer roll cart, made of pine. They are sold at many stores and come in a box, ready to assemble. If assembled as intended, the cart looks like this:

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If you click HERE, you will see past projects we’ve done using this cart.

This time, we decided to make a cabinet for the area where I keep my Keurig coffee pot and supplies. Before this project, the area looked like this – unorganized and messy.

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As you can see, there were boxes of keurig products everywhere. The TV table also didn’t provide much for stability.

So, my husband bought some lumber to make a shell for the new cabinet. He used drawers from two of the 6-drawer carts. (He has small drawers left over; they will be used in another project.)  This is the result  …

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The area is much neater  …

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and the coffee/tea/hot chocolate is all tucked away in the cabinet …

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Now, on to the next project.

Thanks for reading. I hope you will return.

 

 

 

 

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The time has come …

All summer we have been watching the box elder tree along the driveway, waiting for it to go down in a storm. It is a volunteer tree that was allowed to grow according to its own whims. As a result, it has two trunks … one large one that is cracked and leaning perilously toward the ground and another – split into two smaller trunks.

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Not wanting to risk the tree falling on a vehicle – which, with our luck, would belong to someone else –  we called a tree service. The service suggested we remove the larger trunk and trim up the remaining tree. I have to admit – I hate cutting trees down.

A crew of six men arrived just before 2 pm; they were finished and had left by 2:30 p.m.  It was like watching a precision team – each person had their own job. They got right to work and didn’t waste any time.

The first branches go down … and my heart sunk a little.

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The branches were quickly removed and ground up.

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More branches gone …and more sunlight coming through.

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And down goes the big trunk …

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This is how the tree looks now … Hopefully what is left of the tree will fill out next summer.

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As a bonus, however, we have lots of wood for next year’s bonfires.

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And some of the bigger pieces might go to a sawmill to be sliced … maybe for table tops? I’m sure we can find something to make from them. The pattern in the wood is absolutely beautiful.

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I think this stump will make a perfect home for another carved critter.

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Thanks for reading!