This week it became obvious that we needed a new piece of furniture in the house. And since I always dread the many hours spent flipping through catalogs, deciding on colors, hiring interior decorators, feng shui analysts, and of course spending all the money, I decided that I would just go ahead and make the piece of furniture myself. Fortunately it was just a small bookshelf. And it was going to go in the closet, so asthetics were of low concern.
Unlike some of my more mechanically minded friends, I don't do a lot of woodworking, so this was somewhat of a big undertaking for me. I always get frustrated when I have to work on things, usually because I don't have the correct tools. After all, its hard to build things when your only tools are a 192-piece ratchet set and a tape measure. And lately I can't find my tape measure.
As part of my preparations before starting construction, I went to Lowe's to buy a saw. I found a few that caught my eye, like this one. But since it was about $664 above my saw budget I settled for a slightly scaled down model.
Sure, its the smallest saw they sell at Lowe's, other than the ones they use to sharpen their pencils with, but still, I felt a wave of manliness as I bought my new saw. Saw's are dangerous. It feels good to have a sharp, dangerous tool in your hand, and to wield it well. With it, I am exercising my dominion over the creation. I can take a large piece of wood, and at a whim, make it into several smaller pieces of wood.
"...So they became cutters of wood..." -Joshua 9:21
All in all my shelving project was a success. The hand saw took some effort, but thankfully I had had almost all the wood precut at Lowe's with their enormous wall mounted saw. All I really had to saw was a 1x2 that I needed to cut into 8 inch sections. Yes, a 1x2. I was a little too embarrassed to ask them to cut that for me at Lowe's. But for this, my $15 saw was perfect.
The Outtakes from "Me Use Tool."
It turned out to be pretty difficult to get just the perfect "tough guy with saw" picture for this episode. Here's a few of the takes that ended up on the "cutting room floor," as they say in the biz.
This one just looked like I was angry with the saw...
Aye, matey, look at me saw!
Now I'm just depressed and bored by my saw.