Monday, 30 March 2009

The Right Tools

Ever since we put Ethan into a big new bed which has the head end in an alcove I've been paranoid that if he was to roll out of bed just so he could do himself a serious injury.

A big pillow stuffed into the troublesome gap negated this risk, however I also promised to put some kind of shelf up which would be useful too.

The requirements brief for this project soon escalated as Ethan requested secret draws, somewhere to put Mr Men books, water, box of tissues, Lego Bobba Fett and Indiana Jones etc. As things sounded more complicated the more the start date slipped to the right!

Anyway this weekend we went to Homebase to look for some pre-made storage solutions which I could then modify / build upon. Nothing suitable there so we decided to visit the new B&Q Megastore at Shannon Corner in New Malden.

It soon became apparent that B&Q are taking on Ikea with this store. It's massive. And built on top of two levels of car park. Which though spacious inside is going to cause lots of travel congestion at this already busy interchange on the A3. Anyway the boys loved running around with the wheely shopping baskets.

Found a three tier pine shelf which was narrow enough depth to fit - but would need cutting down length ways.

Wanted to try and fit the selfs around the current alcove frame so considered hacksaw but decided to try and use my Bosch pendulum action electric jigsaw for cutting to fit as well as shaping curved corners. Managed to find it and decommissioned my old Black and Decker Workmate and Dremmel too.

Took most of Sunday afternoon but managed to get something good looking and practical on the wall in time for bed-time. Will post pictures later. Will varnish/wax later too.

Oh, Ethan and I worked out he could still get his head trapped between two shelves with nasty consequences so step b) is to add that woodwork challenging secret pull out Lego minifigure drawer. Meanwhile polar bear serves as an excellent gap filler.