Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend and those that made it to Blissdom had a wonderful time! 

My family and I spent the weekend in Atlanta and enjoyed some down time–but I am glad to be back home (there’s no place like it, right?)

Tonight I finally got around to starting Project Mudroom!  I was thrilled to see that our local Home Depot now carries PureBond plywood.  In case you haven’t heard, PureBond is a formaldehyde-free, soy-based adhesive plywood, and is made exclusively in North America.  I stocked up on a couple of 4X8 sheets to get me started.

I started with the long bench first.  I measured the length of the wall where I want the bench to go, allowing for trim.

I cut two 16″ X 66″ boards for the front and back of the long bench. That’s them in the background on the trailer.  (I don’t have a proper workbench…yet).

Then I cut two panels for the ends measuring 16″x 15.5″.

I brought out the Kreg Jig and drilled holes into the end panels.

Sanded the edges…

Then I glued the end panels to the back allowing them to set up before drilling the screws in.  If you don’t let the glue set up, you run the risk of the board shifting when you put the screw in.

Once the end panels were screwed into the back, it was time to place it on the front panel.  First the glue:

Then I set the part I had already assembled on top of the front panel to set the glue.

I let the glue set and finished assembling the box.  As you can tell, it was getting dark, so I had to quit for the day.  But it’s a start, right?  I hope to get more accomplished tomorrow, but rain is the forecast.  We shall see.

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