Thursday, 14 January 2021

My new friend the Jigsaw

I have now bought myself a Jigsaw power tool and I have raided my Dad’s garage for bits of wood to create my Shed shape with.   Still no idea what I am doing, as many lists and plans as I can write, I still have no experience in building a shed, however small… or even cutting wood for that matter.  But how hard can it be? 

I have decided that I am going to use the table upside down, therefore giving me a ‘floor’ in my shed.  Initially I was going to cut out the slats from the top, but this would then mean building a floor in it … and a roof. So, I figured that this way might save me some work.

The wood that I found in my Dad’s garage consisted of some old cladding and loads of old wooden venetian blinds.  The slats from the blinds seemed to fit the bill, so I nailed them up one side of the table.  My thought was that it would be much easier to nail them all on then cut them all in one straight line, than measuring and cutting them all individually

I was wrong.

Also, maybe I should have read the booklet that came with the Jigsaw, but I am not one for reading booklets, I am a very ‘suck it and see’ kind of person.  Apparently, you are supposed to have the black flat bit (no idea what it is called because I still have not read the booklet) flat against your work and not ‘floating’, so the result was that every single one of the slats split where the nails were.  

That was disappointing. I swore. A lot.

I just grabbed a whole load more nails and hammered all the split bits back down again, then decided that I would have to measure and cut each piece individually for the next side.   

Which I did.  It was a much slower process but I had no split slats, which also meant I used less nails.

So, that is two sides done. I now need to have a think about how to do the next two sides because I want windows and a door in those.  Not quite sure how I am going to manage that, but I am going to go and have a look around my workshop and see if anything jumps out and waves at me.


  1. A very steep learning curve there! Much better on the second attempt.
    What about a sliding window? Less hinges etc.Barn door style. Mind your fingers!

    1. I have used a photo frame... genius idea eh? :)

  2. A very steep learning curve there! Much better on the second attempt 🙂
    What about a sliding window, less hinges etc? Barn door style. Mind your fingers😉


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