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If you want things right…

September 17, 2009

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It feels so good to actually build something. From scratch. By hand. And of course, with all the handy man’s gadgets one possesses. 

Building Tamara’s new bed wasn’t planned but ordering a decently made-decently priced be with local craftsmen somehow just did not work out. If I would be writing dissertation on interpersonal communication, I would use plenty of examples but this way it wasn’t that much fun. Here’s are two short transcriptions:

Me: We would like to have it made from full wood, something light like birch…
Architect: …yes, sure, we’ll do this in plywood and I will have him make samples of veneer so that they match your other furniture…

CC: I’m the one that sent you specification yesterday for a bed, full wood, in birch or maple…
Carpenter: Yes, yes, in pine wood it would cost about 240€. Plus tax.

There are two rows of seven holes. Seven is fairytale number :)

There are two rows of seven holes. Seven is fairytale number :)

  Somehow, things just didn’t work out and you can read a more thorough rant over at Cashmere Cafe. And CC mutterd the notorious sentence that I have been suppressing ever since we begun looking for non-Ikea bed in June.

Admittedly, the bed is not entirelly Ikea-free, but we just used it for parts.

Admittedly, the bed is not entirely Ikea-free, but we just used it for parts.

A few visits to hardware stores, coupple thorough vacumings of our living room and 100€ later, viola. The fruit of our collective labour. Even Tamara helped. She’s all into drilling and screwdrivers now :)

A chop suey shelf (using various leftovers to create a perfect blend of tastes).

A chop suey shelf (using various leftovers to create a perfect blend).

And yes, cue up, we are considering accepting orders :)
The plush gang waiting for their buddy.

The plush gang awaiting your orders.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. September 18, 2009 7:05 am

    Great job! I love that bookshelf very much. (Hope Tama-chan won’t hang on it just for fun…!)

  2. Gašper permalink
    September 18, 2009 7:52 am

    Fantastic!

  3. September 18, 2009 9:53 am

    Great DIY project… Congrats!

  4. September 18, 2009 3:23 pm

    It’s just wonderful!

  5. TheGingerCat permalink
    September 19, 2009 9:51 pm

    Chapeau!!!

  6. September 21, 2009 3:41 pm

    Thank you all – as praise encourages new projects, more will follow soon :)

  7. September 24, 2009 9:43 pm

    Nice bed! The wine rack will come in handy when your daughter gets older ;-)

  8. October 6, 2009 1:48 am

    Well done! I love hole saws and can’t brig my self to toss the circles that it makes either. Good reuse of them! What did you do to hold them together?

  9. October 6, 2009 8:42 pm

    Thanks TP – it was a sponataneous thingy, I wanted the shelf to have sides but had run out of acacia borad and these hard to throw away circles were just perfect for the job. I fitted them together with dowels (though I dipped them in glue first just in case)

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