We were at lunch once on a work day, and he wasn't as verbose as usual, so when I asked him what was up, he said, "Oh... just thinking about building a workbench. Is it okay if I build a workbench?" "Sure," I said, dreading the huge project ahead. It took ex-fiancé P. days upon weeks to finish the workbench in our rented North St. home four years ago. It turned out pretty nice, but that's one of the only things -- other than that workbench, a table he made for his sister (where the emphasis was really on the table top, which had pictures on it underneath the polyurethane; the table itself was very simple), and a screen he built at the North St. house to keep the cats out of the living room -- that I remember him successfully building. His woodworking talent isn't astounding, I think; it was the creative things he would do with simple construction that was eye-catching.
One thing that P. also seemed to have trouble with was having wood left over or having a measurement be slightly off, which screwed up half the project. He did so much research, shopping around, drawing, measuring... only to usually have something come out weird. Which is why I was so surprised when D. went to Home Depot that Saturday and, in two hours, with no drawings or measurements, he built a workbench one could park a truck on, and he tossed the extra two feet of 2"x4" into the firepit.
So a couple days ago, with the help of my dad and my Home Depot credit card, he built a kitty city without so much as a shopping list.
|Cutting the plywood to fit around the poles.|
|It's starting to come together -- we added carpet on the poles and surfaces, then twisted rope around some areas for a scratching surface.|
|Almost finished, right side up.|
|Building the little house on top, which we pretty much measured out to accommodate Cissy. Micky's been terrorizing her lately.|
|The finished product!|
|D. thought to affix the top with hinges, in case we need to get a cat out of the house. Also, my dad put a dog toy in the door to get the full effect.|
|Kittehs love! They're playing with toys we hung from hooks screwed into the bottoms of surfaces.|