Friday, January 12, 2018

Solid Waste

A piece of shop gear I tried to discard has turned out to be the most useful, versatile, and economical piece of furniture in the house. About ten years ago I hinged together a couple of hollow-core interior doors and set them on flyweight folding plastic sawhorses to use as a sign-writing board. I propped the upper door at a slant with a pair of legally-acquired industrial grade dairy crates. I didn't need the set-up for long, and though I set the upper door flat to use for staging projects, the board and trestle soon became redundant. I set the doors out for disposal, and no one claimed them.    

They sat around for years. In idle moments I visualized ways to set them up using dairy crates as a support. Stacked one, two, or three high, the crates allow a versatile range of heights for the work surface. I used them now and then for big layout projects.

Recently I wanted to set up a workroom to look like habitable space for a holiday dinner. I discovered that resting on a monolayer of crates, the doors make a first-rate daybed. They're modular with the luxury self-inflating air mattress carried by the Great Big Hiking Co-op. Oregon Rodeo's blankets make a modular cover that suits the essentially Western character of my furnishings.

The day bed is the most comfortable rack in the house. I can open the doors, prop them on crates, and transform a single into a double bed in a minute with no heavy lifting using components I can  handle by myself. I can store the mattresses under the platform and use it as a clean, raised surface for exercise or seating. The doors can stand vertically in a corner of the room, if necessary, decorating it with their interior covering of outdated concert posters harvested from the wild. The crates hold the home improvement shop, but they could store anything-30-

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