[Mostly] following instructions from Shanty2Chic’s blog and their video with RYOBI, I recently built a shelf with hooks for our entryway.

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Even though I LOVED the way this shelf looked, I was intimidated by the project because it required a few miter cuts… which meant I couldn’t just wink and pull the dumb blonde card with the guys at Home Depot because they don’t do angled cuts.

I tried getting away with a little manual hack saw and miter box but eventually I found this Hitachi C10FCE2 10-Inch Compound Miter Saw and ordered it on Amazon.

It was definitely NOT love at first sight when this saw arrived. More like.. “Um, am I seriously going to use this thing?” I felt like I had a loaded gun sitting in my living room and I had no idea how to use it.

So for Valentine’s Day Michael and I bought saw horses at Home Depot and watched power tool safety videos in bed together. I like to think I get my romantic side from my mother. For a wedding anniversary gift one year my stepdad received a meat grinder from her. See, like mother, like daughter.

The weekend after V-Day we set up our working space on our patio outside and got to measuring and cutting. The wall where I intended to hang my shelf was smaller than the wall area shown in Shanty2Chic’s home, so I cut my 2×6 at 38″ and my 2×8 at 32″. The front-facing casing was also cut at 32″ (with adjustments for the 45-degree angles on each side for the corners).

We made quick work of the wood, no fingers were lost in the process, and most importantly I could grunt like Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor as much as I wanted because I was using an actual power tool.

It’s what Michael Scott might call a “Win-Win-Win” situation.

It was such a winning experience, in fact, that I found myself totally caught off guard. Almost like an unexpected romance. Almost like.. Like a song I heard once upon a time long, long ago….

I pinned a wish in the well
It used a saw, I could tell
The blade looked sharp as it fell
Keep those hands far away

I bought the saw for a wish
Cedar and pine for a kiss
Hey, I could miter with this!
Keeping fingers away

Wood clamp was holding
Cut pine
Grain was showing
Face mask
Saw dust blowing
What you think you’re cutting baby?

Hey I just met you
And first comes safety
But here’s my ruler
So measure maybe?
It’s hard to not get splinters baby
But here are some gloves
So wear them maybe?

Hey I just met you
And first comes safety
But here are some glasses
They’ll protect you maybe
And all the other tools
Are not as scary
But if I loose a finger
Super glue it maybe?

Instructions, I followed them all
The blade took no time to fall
Ear plugs did me no good at all
My hands were far away

Forty-Five degrees moves the wheel
Eyeball it and it’s real
I’m surprised at it’s feel
Thank God my hands weren’t in the way…

Hey I just met you
And first comes safety
But here’s my ruler
So measure maybe?
It’s hard to not get splinters baby
But here are some gloves
So wear them maybe?

Hey I just met you
And first comes safety
But here are some glasses
They’ll protect you maybe
And all the other tools
Are not as scary
But if I loose a finger
Super glue it maybe?

See what I’m saying? I wasn’t looking for a miter saw romance. It just happened. And now it’s in my way and I can’t stop thinking about all the Pinteresting we get to share together. Forever.

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Right. So, where was I?

Ok, next we screwed the 2×6 into the 2×8 and nailed on the casing. Then I used the claw-end of my hammer I started on distressing the wood.

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After taking a really loud and abusive beating, I sanded the shelf and prepared it for staining. In the original instructions they painted their shelf white, but I decided to use Miniwax American Chestnut Polyshade instead.

I left the shelf out to dry with the fan blowing on it all night and part of the next day before adding a second coat of stain. When the second coat was finally dry, I drilled in the hooks I purchased at Hobby Lobby for 50% off.

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That night Michael helped me hang the shelf along the wall in our entryway.

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Michael being helpful and doing helpy stuff.

So now it’s all decorated and cute and I absolutely love how it turned out!

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Miter saw, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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