January 7, 2006

So ... for the past several weeks, I've had a big project going. Here's a quick shot ... since this is a photo-intensive post, I'm just posting one here on the main page ... for more (including more dog pictures) ... click on the Read More link.

At any rate, I enjoy a lot of various creative hobby activities. I like customizing action figures ... like this version of Dick Grayson from the Batman: Animated Series. (The reference picture is about half-way down ... the one where the young boy is holding up a photograph.)Click to see.

Besides cutting up action figures and using Sculpey and my Dremel to re-mold them, I also like simply sculpting in Sculpey, doing leather work, some carving ... and so on.

Obviously, this takes a lot of room. Hence, after getting a handyman magazine and seeing a cool hobby desk that folds up onto the wall, I thought I'd give it a shot.

It's not quite done, but is certainly to the point where it can be used and shown off now.

And now for more pictures! :D

Now it gets really geeky.
So the desk is mounted to the concrete block wall ... which was a real hassle. The hammer drill knocked out the first three holes quite easily. But then it seemed to take forever to make work. This would be because the concrete blocks along the top row are nearly twice as thick as the lower levels ... which meant that the lag bolts I'd gotten to attach this to the wall weren't going to work.

Ultimately I decided to simply use the three lower lagbolts and shove the upper ones in, even though they wouldn't attach in the thicker blocks. To balance that out, I went ahead and installed a bit of 2x4 leg on each side of the desk.

Other than that, I didn't run into too many problems building it. I still need to sand it down again, stain and varnish it as well as finish the shelves and the final leg to the fold-down desk.

Was an interesting project, but the magazine's instructions were not the world's best. I had to correct many of the steps to get things to work out right.

And of course, pictures of the one time the dogs are allowed up on the desk!!

Posted by Red Monkey at January 7, 2006 9:51 PM | hobbies | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |


Suzi said:

Nice job! That's a beautiful and efficient piece of furniture, and it takes up no space. It's genius!

January 7, 2006 11:54 PM


seawave said:

Wow, what a great achievement. It is nice to see the finished product. Congratulations on a job well done, and for creating a nice display area for your little doggies. lol

January 8, 2006 12:40 AM


guppyman said:

Now... just add a chalkboard or a whiteboard or something to the outside, and you've got it functional up or down....


January 10, 2006 2:31 PM


Utenzi said:

If you need to do something like this again, use a nailgun for concrete. Some rental places stock them. They usually use special .22 shells and work just great at driving nails through wood and into concrete.

January 16, 2006 6:23 AM


presentstorm said:

That is a very cool area ...I agree with Gup though ..You could put a chalk board or white board ..or Hey even a dart board on the underside of it and make it functional up , or down.You go Ender!!!!

January 22, 2006 4:33 PM
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