Under a House

Part 1: We Definitely Know What We Are Doing

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For every 15 minutes spend on the internet, I think at least once, "I could build that myself." Then I remember the time and research and preparation that would go into building something myself and vow to simply start setting aside money for the reclaimed wood dining room table West Elm has been dangling in front of my face for months.

But then came the home office, which really did require a custom job. I really did need to "build that myself." 

We envisioned a floating desk in the office, spanning the 6 ft. width of the room. Something like this or this. Thankfully, this project had perfect timing as only weeks before, Dan decided he'd like to get into woodworking. 

So, Dan got to researching and studying. Here he is making an itemized list of everything we would need at Home Depot, aisle numbers included:

A $115 later, we got to work.

Step 1: Borrow Tools

We are lucky to have a number of people in our lives who, unlike us, actually know what they are doing. Dan's uncle is one of those people and he was kind enough to lend us a miter saw and clamps.

Step 2: Measure, Measure, Cut

After measuring over and over again, Dan got to work with the miter saw, which cut the wood quickly and most importantly, safely. Three 6' 1" slats and spare pieces to be turned into shelving later.

Step 3: Drill, Drill, Glue

Dan opted to use dowels and wood glue to assemble the three slats. This handy little kit came with the dowels, as well as a drill bit. 5 holes on each side, then glue, baby, glue. The slats came together like puzzle pieces. Clamps in place, our desk is starting to look like a desk!

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Now for sanding, staining, and mounting, which will be in Part 2 of the acclaimed series "We Definitely Know What We Are Doing."

I have to say, I'm pretty proud of us so far. Look out, Ron Swanson.