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Friday, August 14, 2020

Coronavirus Update 8-14-2020: Just call me Bob Villa


If you would have told me six months ago that I'd spend my summer building useful things out of wood, I'd have asked if you were drunk or high. But, 2020. So, after successfully conquering a dog house, my wife and I decided to tackle chairs for our new deck.

Fifteen days from now we will celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary. Colleen brought it my attention that the traditional 17th anniversary gift is furniture. Why not spend a weekend of togetherness building some?

After researching potentials on the internet, we settled on this one, both because it matched our aesthetic and because it seemed relatively simple to construct. We ordered a lot of cedar, I acquired some new tools including a nail gun(!), and set aside a weekend to build. Six hundred forty feet of linear sanding, 44 cuts and boards stained, and whole lot of drilling and nailing later, we have his and hers deck chairs. 

I'm also happy to report that we still have a collective 20 fingers intact, as is our marriage. So even if the chairs wobbled (they don't), I'd still consider it a huge win.

I'm not ready to give up this lawyer thing, but it's good to know that I have options. Next, a new kitchen table? 🤔