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Saturday, June 2, 2012

All We Need Is Marshmallows....

I started the "Monastic Canopy Bed" this morning.

All you have to do is build a box.  It was all built from 1/16" bass wood.  The bottom and top pieces were 3" by 6".  The ends were 3" by 1 3/4".  The sides were 1 3/4" by 6 !/8".

I cheated and stained those boards and the trim with Minwax Red Mahogany before assembling.

That way there will be no problems with the stain not covering glue spots.

I assembled the box in my gluing jig.  It was a bit tall and in a couple of spots I had to stack the magnets to keep it straight.

I put some strips of wood on the inside to hold up the top about a quarter inch down.  I didn't glue the top piece in....just in case we want to hide something in there.  I guess I should drill a hole in one corner so that they will be able to lift the top out of the frame, if need be.

I used small chair rail for the trim.  It was also stained before it was put in place.

Since Tessie insisted on helping, I had more suggestions than I needed on procedure. First she was worried about  the thickness of the mattress.  I explained that their mattresses were more or less a thick quilt and not a foot deep, like some of the ones now. 

She allowed, "Oh well.  I won't be sleeping on it anyway, so I don't even care how thick it is." 

I do hope that I was lucky enough to record that statement.  You heard it here.  She doesn't want to live there!  I am going ot hold her to it.

Her next helpful hint was a bit scary...."You know, if you made it a little longer, it would make a good coffin, maybe for Zar the next time I get mad at him...."

Bad Tessie!

Then  she proceeded to test it out....As you know, her way of testing is to jump up and down on any bed I make.  If it makes a good trampoline substitute, it is ready for use.

This one didn't pass...."This is way to hard to sleep on.  If I can't even get a good bounce on it, you may as well scrap it and start over."

I answered, "Tessie, you know that all it needs is a good mattress..."

Tessie countered with, "No...All it needs is a few Jet Puffed Marshmallows!  Where'd you put the bag?"

The last I saw of her, she was elbow deep in the cupboard where I keep the baking items...I didn't have the heart to tell her that she finished them off a week ago, last Tuesday....Nope.  I didn't buy more.  I am still scraping them off of the furniture where she had used them to sleep on that day. 

She refuses to go back to the house that she got from Cordelia.  She has all but abandoned it and she keeps talking, under her breath, about a new mansion....

I am going somewhere now, where she isn't, and lie down for a bit.  Please don't tell her where I am.

See you tomorrow.


Lucille said...

Hi Casie! I hope you're not unwell. I don't often hear you saying you're going to lie down! I guess those little guys keep you pretty busy!

Caseymini said...

Don't worry Lucile. The nap was short. Tessie found my hiding place and demanded that I go to the store for a new supply of marshmallows. So much for the peace and quiet...

Caseymini said...

Lucille, my iPad doesn't know how to spell your name. Sorry!