The higher the number, the smoother the lumber!

See? Camp can teach you things! Useful things! The days of me pretending to know what I’m doing in PA (wood shop for all you non CCSCers) are long gone, but I do remember how to sand things! Frosty would be so proud. Isn’t it hysterical that anyone would think I’m capable of using a bandsaw? By myself? In fact, until I just typed this and googled it, I thought it was called a ban saw. wow. Don’t tell anyone.

Moving on. I used my sweet sanding skills the other weekend on Little Blue. I did a little research over at Young House Love beforehand on what needed to be done to turn this desk into something fabulous. I know everyone is just dying to see what she (is my desk a girl?) looks like. Here’s a “before” shot as she lounges on the Burnett waterfront.

Sanding is a lot of work. Apparently I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I also wore white shorts. Stupid idea. Oh well, all the little blue dust pieces eventually came off. Did I mention it was extremely windy? I sanded and sanded. In fact, I almost sanded my fingers right down to the bone. Note to self: wear gloves next time. After what felt like FOREVER, I decided I was done. I cleaned everything up and moved her back inside.

Okay. So it looks the same, just taken apart. Darn. I guess I needed to do more sanding.

Last weekend, Christine and Alexina came to visit, so I put Christine to work. We decided to sand Little Blue in the driveway. This was a mistake due to her wobbly legs combined with our paver driveway. Christine’s job was to hold her still while I gave her the sanding smackdown. It was windy and we were cold. And I wore a different pair of white shorts. What is wrong with me!? Oh well, I think she looks much better now.

As we were driving through the neighborhood, we saw one of my neighbors in HIS driveway sanding a table. Apparently, this is the thing to do on Saturdays in Oviedo. He was much smarter, though. He had an electric sander. My fingers would have really appreciated one of those. At least my sanding days are over! Hopefully I’ll at least get her primed this weekend! Stay tuned.

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