Building stuff



We have a sort of tradition in my little family. Every Saturday we get up and make breakfast together. Sometimes we make Eggs, Bacon, biscuits and hash browns, other mornings we have waffles or pancakes. It’s always a fun way to start the day together.

The next thing we do is something productive (after cleaning up that is). We reorganize storage space or clean up an area that has been bugging us. Then, when my daughter wakes up from her nap, we spend quality family time together. Maybe we go to the park or play in the yard until the sun goes down.

Then it’s dinner together as a family, and bed time.

This past Saturday I was gonna skip over doing what  I had been putting off which was building a gate for my porch. Part of the reason was that I wasn’t exactly sure how to do it, and the other part was that it seemed like a big pain to get all my tools out and spend all day working on a building project. Then I got started and remembered how much fun it is to build stuff. I was surprised to see that it only took me two hours, and here’s the result:

I'm very happy with the finished product, and it's nice not to worry about my little girl falling down the stairs or off the side (notice I don't have a railing on my stairs).

So then today (Tuesday) I was thinking about how much of a pain it is to cook with my portable grill and how it would be nice to have a platform that comes off the railing of the deck that I can cook on. So the minute I got home I started building one. The plans were in flux while I was trying to determine the fastest way to build it, in 10 minutes I put together a plan to use the scrap lumber I had, some shelf brackets, some eyehooks I had from suspended ceiling supplies and a very strange design. I will admit, it’s ghetto, but here’s what I made:

Front side of shelf, 36" width accomodates my portable grill and plate, generic shelf brackets to stabilize
Back of Shelf – Eye hooks screwed into the railing to make the shelf sturdy

So yes, it’s ghetto. But I’m all about getting real. This is version 1.0. This was made entirely with scrap lumber. I will change it in the future, but I had to do this quick because I wanted to cook on it.

Time it took to build: 30 minutes.

Building stuff is so fun.


2 responses to “Building stuff”

  1. Awesome! I’m inspired. I was thinking of building a bungalow under my back deck, complete with storage, chairs, and tiki torches…

  2. The weather is getting very friendly to bungalows.

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