Our dear friend, Jesse Bright, built this eight-sided picnic table out of western red cedar maybe 12-15 years ago. He was still in high school, (another talented homeschooler), so it’s been a while. Jesse is now a technical designer at Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill in Alameda, CA, specialising in making his companies’ skyscrapers sustainable and ‘green’ as is reasonable.
Since the table has been sitting directly on the soil all these years, the bottom boards finally rotted away. So, today’s task is to at least get all the boards cut. Unfortunately, ragweed pollen is at extreme high allergy rate, so I can only spend a few minutes at a time outside before succumbing to maximum sneezing, mucuos production, swollen, itchy, red eyes. 😦
When my children were younger, this project of repairing the picnic table would be one of many math lessons. (We just completed 13 years of home education). Of course I did all the cutting and drilling until they were older. However, by then they could manage the entire project. Measuring, determining angles, planning the project, gathering the necessary tools and materials, determining if something needs to be purchased, then going to town to make the purchase or finding them out of our own inventory. Time and financial budgeting included as well as problem solving (because you know nothing is as easy as it looks). All skills needed to be successful no matter one’s career choice.
Finished just in time for Shabbat!