As well, the tomatoes needed staking and the climbing beans had gone skyward without support. I was reminded of Jack and a certain giant. (Interesting little colonial story that one - use up all your own resources then go to another land and steal all the possessions of the inhabitant, before scarpering home and living happily ever ...)
In trying to be more resourceful than Jack, I am pressing into service some re-cycled timbers collected from demolitions.
The bench is near complete. Last tasks were to panel the back for bracing, and to strengthen the unsupported particleboard shelf underneath. Nothing fancy - a scrap of old masonite for the back and a piece of roughsawn roundback for the stringer.
The glued and screwed roundback stringer clamped to dry.
When I glued the nosing piece to the bottom shelf, I thought I had on hand more wood packers than were actually the case. The glue was drying and I didn't have time to go cut some more - so - I did what every self deluding woodie does from time to time - I told myself that - just this once - it wouldn't matter, because the clamps would probably not mark the timber anyway.
The evidence is before you in the next picture.
After I removed the clamps, I sent myself to the corner to write out a hundred times - I must not listen to the little voice of stupidity that lurks in the impatience zone of the cerebral cortex.
Gnats with lobotomies don't make this mistake.
The near complete bench.
Next step will be to construct the carcass for the cupboard that will sit atop the bench.
I have a couple of demolition panels that I thought were meranti (pacific maple). Turns out they are veneered solid pine core. Good and solid with plenty of stability.
veneered solid pine core
These will form the sides of the cupboard, and as an added bonus, they are already dadoed.
The spacings aren't what I would have chosen, but they are close enough.
There will be a shelf divider-cum-mullion, (or maybe two, haven't decided yet) in the middle, which will need dadoes on both sides.
Pre-dadoed panels - eeeh ha!
This week in the shed is going to be interesting.