Friday, May 28, 2021   (June’s fullest moon [the “Strawberry”] rises in 26 days, on the 24th.)

Working in my “she-shop”, I’m building a workbench, large to accommodate several heavy carpentry tools that need “bolting-down”. The daunting cost of lumber these days forces me to work with pressed fiberboard, heavier and less easy than using natural wood, but cheaper.

I cut the fiberboard into pieces to support a tabletop, and using prefabbed metal links connected the pieces into a back and sides. After managing to heave a 2×4 fiberboard panel onto the top, everything took on a “table look”.

Just in time, too, for my friends dropped by to help initiate the she-shop. My workbench shell became a buffet of sorts and we had a jolly time helped by cold beer. The next day, I returned to my work and recognized a serious stumble of not having planned ahead. Plus, not having asked my she-shop guests (who know all about component building) for ideas to complete the workbench.

That large table top needed support for holding heavy tools. The cavernous inside could accommodate internal shelving but also needed support. I knew nothing about creating supports, meaning that so far my efforts were only a beginning. I hurried to building suppliers for “how-to books”, which they no longer carry!

My brain doesn’t conceptualize as a builder’s should. I wasted hours just experimenting and wondering and didn’t ask for help. I just fiddled and fooled, because life teaches that never giving up finally creates a sensible idea. So true, for finally my workbench top does have adequate support. An inner shelf nearly is complete. Today I might finish the bench, and even bolt-down the on-top tools.

Another learning journey, this one has taught better how to start constructing. I need to sketch an idea and ask someone more experienced to look it over for do-ability.

After this long weekend shop work will go on hold. Warming weather calls for more focus on getting my horses and me into shape for riding and driving. It’s fun though, to anticipate how the shop’s tools and stored materials will ease improvement-making around barn and home.

Dear Friends: We pluggers who usually learn the hard way know to never give up! Diana

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