How about that — I managed to get this daybed built in time for my parents’ visit this weekend. We don’t have an extra twin mattress lying around, so I put an air bed on it instead, for now. I blogged about getting started and making progress, too.

To make it easier to attach the front cleat and rail, I piled up some boards for them to rest on. In a similar moment of cleverness, I attached the side panels to the back panel by setting the back panel flat on some boards — high enough to comfortably drill sideways — and pushed against the wall so that it wouldn’t slide away as I was drilling.

Somehow I managed to create quite a few joins that mysteriously didn’t hold snugly together even though nothing was in the way.

In this case, the cleat was warped.

After the whole thing was assembled, I filled in all the holes — then two hours later sanded, touched up the already painted parts, and painted the slats. And went to (my own) bed.


Making progress

I really thought I’d taken a picture of all the boards laid out on scrap pieces over tarps for painting, but apparently I didn’t. You can see the scrap pieces piled up in front of the Christmas tree box, though, complete with paint stripes.

Today, in about three hours, I got the back panel and one side panel built.

Delaying factors:

1) The back panel was square at the bottom but not at the top — turned out the top piece was a bit short. I took it apart and redid it. It’s mostly square now.

2) I tried three drill bits on scrap wood, and thought the biggest worked fine, but on the actual pieces it wasn’t holding well enough, so I have a couple extra holes.

What’s left to do:

1) Build the other side panel.

2) Put the panels together with the posts, front rail, cleats, and top trim.

3) Touch up paint.

4) Sand the mattress slats and fasten in place.


I’m going to build a daybed. And eventually a folding-leg trundle to put under it. Thanks to Ana White for the plans! The design is intended for outdoor use, with a canopy, but I’m cutting the posts shorter to skip the canopy, and ours will be for inside.

Here’s the lumber — two 1x6s, two 2x2s, two 2x4s, five 1x2s, and fourteen 1x3s. And yes, it did take an hour or two to find the straight boards with the fewest knots. Cheaper wood requires more careful picking. (Mark’s latest batch of homebrew in the background.)

Amy took this one of me sawing. I tried the circular saw — too hard to line up precisely. Sure, with a lot of practice I’d get better at it, but I a) don’t want to take the time and b) don’t want to waste the wood.

Measure twice, cut once… borrowed Amy’s ruler. She took this picture, too.

And these are my fancy saw-horses.

All cut up — top left, pieces for side panels. Top right, scraps. Middle, slats to support mattress. Bottom, pieces for back panel.

I have been sanding corners and cut edges… after that I’ll fill in any knots and cracks and sand those — should have done that first!

At last!

One Monday, I impulsively decided THIS was the day to buy or make shelves. After finding nothing suitable ready-made, I sat down in the bathroom section of Lowe’s to sketch and plan, while Amy enjoyed looking at all the plumbing fixtures.

Many weeks later, here are the shelves.

A Lowe’s employee cut the plywood for me — some pieces a bit too long, some a bit too short, most with gaps in the cut edges and knot holes on one side or both.

First there was wood filler. Then there was sanding. And more of both.

Then there was attempting to nail the things together. The nails liked to go just crooked enough to burst out the sides. There was much nail removal, much re-application of the hammer and the glue.

There was gluing and trimming extra bits to the two shelves that were too short.

Then there was painting. And re-nailing the unit that fell apart. And re-nailing the other unit that fell apart. And adding back braces to those two units. And more painting. And finding that the second partial can of bathroom paint was not in fact the exact same shade as the first can, although I have no idea how that happened.

Then, penultimately, there was the sawing off of the edges of the two shelves that were just a hair too long, and refusing to paint the newly-cut edges.

Finally, toting them downstairs and installing the shelves and their contents. Woo-hoo! More accessible, easy to use, easy to organize, storage for Amy stuff!


This bathroom is essentially done; I love the (free) paint, and the new light fixture, and that both coordinate so nicely with the shower curtain (two Christmases ago?) and such. There’s an issue with the caulk around the counter, and the patching and sanding before painting wasn’t perfect, and I still have to touch up the wooden towel bars and such, but those are all little things.

A selection of thoughts

1. I registered for BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) yesterday. Will be going with two ladies from playgroup, along with our kids, who have a parallel class. Did my first daily lesson today, reading a handout of notes. Some familiar, some possible tiny red-tinged flags. The whole year we’ll be studying John — looking forward to getting into the book.

2. We continue to go to the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Walkerton. In Sunday School, Glenn (the pastor) is leading us through the Westminster Confession of Faith. So far the weeks we’ve been attending have all been about baptism. It’s good to be refreshed on the rationale for infant baptism, something we both grew up with, grew out of, and hesitatingly returned to.

This week we talked about the perspective or attitude with which we look at, interact with, consider, our children — as already, in a sense, children of God, children of the covenant — not as heathen to be converted, but children to be raised up.

I find this idea challenging both to my old evangelical-fundie roots (gotta have a concrete, distinct experience of making faith one’s own) and my modern sensibilities (gotta respect and encourage the child’s right and responsibility to test ideas, explore, and choose).

I also find this idea beautifully inclusive and appealing.

3. Playgroup was at the park today. There were moments of clinging and moments of roaming and even some moments of direct interaction with other children. Normally I’ve required her to stay in the old-tire-mulched area where we are, but this time let her roam, within sight, to the pavilion, the other tire-mulched area, and in the grassy places in between and all around. It was fine.

4. The closet is progressing. All the contents are piled in the room. The new shelves are in the car along with their hardware. I’ve cleaned, patched, sanded, and painted. Tomorrow I hope to cut the hang rails to length, and perhaps start hanging.

5. I’m going to do a hammered dulcimer concert, Saturday October 24, at 7pm, on campus. Looking forward to it, mostly, but also dealing with the usual nerves, insecurities, etc. Gotta get the closet done so I can get the dulcimer out and start planning and practicing.