So I built half of the pot rack last night. I'll finish it tonight, and then get started painting.
I have learned something about myself, though: I hate putting joints together with dowels. I always try to incorporate a new method or technique when I build something, in order to learn new things and broaden my experience - really, I'm still pretty much a novice carpenter, so I like to stretch my carpentry muscles as often as I can.
So, I'd never joined an entire piece with dowels - I used some when I built my bed, but for the pot rack, the entire piece is going together this way. No screws, no nails. Just wood and glue.
In the plus column:
- no visible hardware
- smooth seams/joints
- very sturdy end product, if you do it right
- this is totally a pain in the ass! ARGH.
- I have arthritis, and a very heavy drill. So....OW!!!
But I do wish, half the time, that either (a) it was lighter or (b) I had still a cordless to use for things that don't require the power of my big drill. I had a cordless once - two, actually. But as always happens, the charger broke, and by the time I needed a new one, they didn't make that style anymore, and it wouldn't fit the universal chargers they sell, so I had to buy a whole new drill. For some reason, this happens all the time with Black & Decker, but I've never had that problem with any other manufacturer's cordless tools. So guess what I won't be buying, ever again! o_ô
ANYWAY. Half a pot rack: done. More news as the situation develops; stay tuned. I have to say, I'm enjoying working in my shop again. I haven't done it in forever. Mostly because my garage has been so messy I couldn't even go into it without wanting to run back into the house to hide. Clean shop = awesome.
P.S. - drill or no drill, you know what I need to break down and buy for myself? BAR CLAMPS! I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I use nylon towing straps and weights to block joints together while they set up. And last night? I couldn't find my straps anywhere. I ended up resorting to...wait for it...tape. *facepalm*