Lady carpenters

13 Feb

Now that the girls have finished moving into their separate berths and all the toy sorting and memory foam bedding mischief has been managed, they set their eyes on custom shelf desk thingies. I grew up helping my dad build our house and assisting in the shop with furniture creations, so I was game to tackle this project. I’m certainly not as good as my baby brothers and their mad finishing skills, but I did okay for only having one hand saw, a drill, and a few basic measuring tools.

The real challenge was the fact that the lumber store was four miles away. Not wanting to spend money on a cab, I decided to try and bring it all back on my folding bike. I know I won crazy lady points, but I got the bike, wood, and myself home one piece!

Yes, I am crazy

I do know that I am crazy

Next part of the plan required thoughtful measuring to accommodate all the odd angles, since the girls both wanted their desk/shelf systems built against the inner side of their berths where the starboard hull angles up. Madi really got into helping build her shelf, and it was fun passing on to her things I learned from my dad. Things like measure twice but cut once, drill a hole for the screw to keep the wood from splitting, use a level to know how high to make the next leg, and so on. One of the local guys passed by Madi and I out on the dock cutting down a 2×2 and asked us if we were “lady carpenters.” That’s a new one! To top it off, at the time Andy was inside making us all a big stir fry for dinner. We are stirrin’ it up for sure…


Madi and I still need to make the eight mile round trip for her shelf top (she gets to pick out the kind of wood), but Peyton’s desk is finished using left-over teak flooring. Other than staining and varnishing the frame and edging (which is her responsibility), I’d say it’s pretty functional. It was all her design too! Way to go my lady carpenters and a great improvement over the $10 plastic shelves they had before!

6 Responses to “Lady carpenters”

  1. haanli February 13, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

    We have some carpentry work to be done up here. What do you charge?

    • four2tango February 13, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

      We charge room and board…but require sunshine, not that crazy stiff you have now!

      • four2tango February 13, 2014 at 7:45 pm #

        Stuff 🙂 although it is so cold it makes you stiff!

  2. Lisa February 13, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

    Go Lady Carpenters!! Miss you all!!

    • four2tango February 13, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

      We miss you tons!

      • marknjodi2 February 17, 2014 at 10:26 am #

        OH MY GOSH!!! You guys are sooo awesome!! Robin,, I am inspired by you!! Way to go TEAM BECK!!!

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