I Love It When A Plan Comes Together, Part 1

(The Beforemath)

First, let me be clear: the plan has not yet come together. The plan is to build some stuff and at the end of the process it should look good and not like it was pounded together by baby monkeys flailing about with tools.

Two years ago I found myself the proud owner of 4 chairs and no table. I’d been watching many hours of HGTV during this time so the solution seemed obvious to me and I set out to build a table so I would finally have somewhere to sit. You can read about the process here.

That experience turned out rather well so I thought to myself, “Self, why not do all this again, but this time do 4 times as much work?” I know, I know,  I’m a genius.

Here’s what I’m building this time: nesting coffee tables (which just means 2 coffee tables that stack), 2 nightstands and a table for my front door area. That’s a wee mite more than one table. But all this furniture is necessary.

Recently Conor and I unloaded much of our college era, mis-matched Ikea-ish ‘furniture’ – the stuff we brought with us when we shacked up six years ago because we occasionally consider ourselves adult-like and want more of a look that might be considered ‘decor’. So I’m attempting to create this out of some sticks, duct tape and some Fruit Stripe gum, MacGuyver-style.

Here is documentation of the work in progress.

My cut list

The raw materials. At this point there is no way to know how much work this pile of wood is going to become.

After 42,000 woman-hours of sanding I arrived at this.

Can you see the finish line yet?

How about now?


All tucked in for the night.

Next week – success! (I hope) – The completed masterpieces.


2 comments on “I Love It When A Plan Comes Together, Part 1

  1. You are doing an incredible job! I can’t wait for them to be finished!

  2. WAY impressive! Go Zena! 🙂

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