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It’s my first Thanksgiving in Canada, so I took the opportunity (and extra day off of work) to clear out the wood-room in the basement.

My landlord had left woodworking tools behind when they moved across country, but the room had enough spiders, webs and saw-dust that I .. uh .. hadn’t gotten around to using them yet.

I saw a cheap frame for a desk in IKEA’s Seconds section but they had no table tops. I was sure I could get one, so I picked it up any way. When I found a stack of old fencing in the garage, I was sure it would do. It was in pretty bad condition, but basically straight and flat:

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Some industrial extension cord, lights and a lot of vacuuming and sweeping later, and I was ready to chop it down:

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Then a go with the orbital sander:

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Because I’ve not even really been to a hardware store yet, I only had one sheet of sandpaper, thankfully it was enough. The dry fit turned out well; a few pieces needed some sanding on their ends for ease, but I standed them all to avoid future splinters.

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It’s not perfectly flat, but for basically free wood and basically free tools on a free day, I’m really pleased.

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