216 Holes

We’re making slow progress on the master bedroom bookshelves.

A tidy pile of shelves.
A tidy pile of shelves.

Last week the lumber was cut to size.

The drill press has a makeshift bench so we can slide the lumber to be drilled along a sturdy surface.
The drill press has a makeshift bench so we can slide the lumber to be drilled along a sturdy surface.

Yesterday our carpenter stopped by in the morning to set us up with a drill press to make holes for the shelf pegs.

Marks on the bench at 3-inch intervals preclude marking each piece of wood.
Marks on the bench at 3-inch intervals preclude marking each piece of wood.

I decided to put holes every 3 inches so we could have adjustable shelves. I marked 3-inch intervals on the temporary drill press bench.

Before marrying 2 boards together, square up the pile with a framing square.
Before marrying 2 boards together, square up the pile with a framing square.

Our carpenter screwed together 2 side pieces so I could drill the pairs of side boards at the same time.   We have 4 sets of 2 sides.

Line up the edge along the previously measured guidelines, then drill. Repeat.
Line up the edge along the previously measured guidelines, then drill. Repeat.

This technique ensures that the holes will line up and the shelves won’t be tilting to one side or the other.

Two relaxed mental attitudes working together to drill 216 holes.
Two relaxed mental attitudes working together to drill holes.

After the carpenter left Charlie and I worked amiably together to line up the lumber and drill the holes.

Quarter-inch holes are the perfect size for the shelf pins.
Quarter-inch holes are the perfect size for the shelf pins.

Always maintaining the bottom of the lumber in the same aspect to the bench we slid the boards to each mark and then drilled.  When one side was finished we flipped the board always keeping the bottom to our right.

Altogether we drilled 216 holes. I’m not very good at repetitive tasks.

Charlie is rehanging the downspout he removed to paint.
Charlie is rehanging the downspout he removed to paint.

Charlie wanted to keep on caulking and painting on the west side of the house because next Wednesday he’s having a surgical procedure on his right hand.

We're hoping Charlie's hand heals quickly.
We’re hoping Charlie’s hand heals quickly.

That might not seem very significant for a left-hander such as Charlie but he’s also a pianist and that’s the melody hand.

Sandy Hook Gray on the shingles with white trim.
Sandy Hook Gray on the shingles with white trim.

He’s made great painting progress and “Sandy Hook Gray” looks awesome against the white trim.

What kind of tasks do you like? At what tasks are you hopeless?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

7 thoughts on “216 Holes”

  1. What a great setup for drilling the holes! You’ve had a good painting weather. Hope it holds so Charlie can make lots of progress before his hand surgery and that all goes well with it.

  2. Can’t wait to see the shelves in your bedroom (I’m sure you can’t, either!). Our weather has turned PNW wet, so doing projects outdoors is over for the season. 😦

    1. I have always liked a drill press. We set the increments 3 inches apart. We almost did 1-1/4 inches like our kitchen cabinets. That would have been unbearable. Jo

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