My Favorite Kind Of Saturday, Or, Productive Is My Happy Place

Today was my favorite kind of Saturday. I got to sleep late, have a nice breakfast, and get things done from 11am to 7pm without any significant distractions.

One of the things that consistently surprises me about my day job is how little I accomplish on a daily basis. There are days where I go from meeting to meeting with unscheduled guests popping into my office in between for 10 hours straight. 

Every night my daughters ask me what I did at work. Most days I don't even know. I listened, I problem-solved, I delegated, I led? but I didn't actually do anything.

That's why this Saturday was so great. I did things. Lots of things. Several things simultaneously even. It felt good.

Let Me Tell You What I Did

I started off clear coating doors. I have 10 knotty alder doors in my basement and all of them need 2 coats of sealer before they finally get hung. I completed 2 doors today.

 Knotty.

Knotty.

Side note about the doors. There are a total of 4 doors on our main level. A closet, 2 bedrooms, and a bathroom. The basement for some reason came out with 10. Most of them are closets.

After a trip to Home Depot, I came back to begin building a countertop for our new master bathroom. It's a pretty strange space. There are 2 floating cabinets at 90 degree angles to each other on adjacent walls. We wanted a single, "L" shaped countertop to connect them to each other. Joanna requested epoxy-covered wood. She also requested black.

 The bigger one is Joanna's.

The bigger one is Joanna's.

After scribing a couple pieces of 3/4" plywood to the not square walls I fit them into an "L" shape with pocket screws and glue. I decided to cut the corner at 45 degrees. After that I began cutting strips of cedar that I bought last week and gluing and nailing them into the plywood.

 Stripy. 

Stripy. 

This is where I left off. I will go back with a trim router and a flush trim bit to follow the profile of the plywood and cut off all the extra bits of cedar. Then it's a trim piece around the edge, ebony stain and epoxy. After that I should be able to mount it to the cabinets.

In the midst of these projects, I put 2 coats of dark brown stain on the live edge bench in our new "dressing room."

 

 Sit here to put on your socks.

Sit here to put on your socks.

It still needs clear coat, but after that it should be ready to use...if we ever move into this bedroom.

Anyway, I got 8 solid hours of doing stuff in today, and it feels really good. Oh! I also finished writing a sermon for Sunday. So good.

Zak Adams