Thursday, January 6, 2011

First construction project

Yesterday I completed my first ever construction project and I am so proud of myself! Building with wood is actually a lot like making a quilt, only instead of using scissors, fabric, and a sewing machine, you use a circular saw, wood, and a hammer. Oh, and you could die. However, the weather has been so beautiful and sunny and something about it made me feel like I could do anything, so I put on my "safety glasses," ($7 aviators from Target that are actually just sunglasses - don't tell Brett), said a quick prayer, and started sawing. The end result is this planting box that I plan to grow onions in. (We have a ton of land around here, but anything planted directly in the ground is immediately devoured by gophers, so my solution has been to use planter boxes, and I need more.)

This project was actually quite simple, made even easier by the facts that all the materials were on hand in addition to an entire barn filled with my husband's tools and a 5 year old who knew exactly what to do because he's watched his daddy do it before. We were probably quite entertaining to the neighbors - the tiny foreman bossing around his mother who was literally shaking with fear as she wielded a gigantic saw while praying out loud that she wouldn't saw her own leg off.

Here is an embarrassing picture of me looking proud of my planter box and flexing my newly found I-don't-need-a-man muscles. Which of course, I don't really have because I TOTALLY love having my husband do things for me and was not happy about the condition of my boots after the project was over. In all seriousness, though, it was really great to do something I've never done before and I highly suggest it. Now I'm off to order some onion seeds...

4 comments:

Jess said...

YOU ROCK!!
Now if I saw off my own leg due to your inspiration...

PJ said...

I am SO proud of you!

Anonymous said...

"I am woman, hear me roar!" What can't you do?!? ~emgray

Suzanne said...

So, so impressive! Also, normally construction workers aren't that cute... or that well dressed... especially the cute boots.

Nice work, Heather!