So I have this desk that I got from Wal-Mart. It was the best desk they had, and it's pretty nice for a Wal-Mart desk. It's a dark wood grain thing that's slightly distressed with nice nobs and draws on the right hand side. It's just the right size for the space we had for it. Well - it's so nice that the edge of the desk has a razor edge on it. It feel like it's cutting into my skin when I lay my hands down at my keyboard. Woodworking Man to the rescue! I whip out my sander and the 80 grit sandpaper and round off that nasty corner. Up through 120, 220, 400 and 800 grit, and it's as smooth as a babies bottom. Who knew particle board could get that smooth? The sanded edge just seems to add to the already slightly distressed look and barely looks out of place at all! Victory! My wrists appreciate this visit of Woodworking Man greatly as I suspect it'll reduce the likelihood of carpel tunnel damage from my wrists lying on a sharp edge. The sucking action of my Dewalt palm sander meant that not too much dust was kicked up although some.
The shoe rack so doesn't fit. It's too big. I figured, three baskets next to each, that means we've got six feet to play with. Somehow there were three baskets in a space about 3' 10" wide. My 4' shoe rack doesn't go. I have moved one of the set of draws out of the way but I think I'm going to have to unscrew, and chop it down a bit.
This week in my wood-shop, I have been building a little shoe rack for the closet upstairs. This particular shoe-rack is a little different, as the top shelf will be flush with the top so that our laundry baskets can sit on top of it. This week, I have a new tool in my shop, a router. This has allowed me to finish all the edges on the sides and the selves with a nice round. I have also invested the time on this project to finish sand the wood going from 80 grit through 120, 220 and 400. The wood is finished with two application of lemon oil and a dose of pledge. The last step in the project is assembly, but I am hot and pooped. Working outside today was exhausting because of the oppressive heat. I will post pictures as soon as I can of the finished item.