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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Fantabulous Lacquer-Spraying Job by My Teen

Late tonight, after his attention-deficit/hyperactivity meds had worn off, my 13-year-old son Neil did a stupendously great job of spraying "lacquer" (technically, conversion varnish) on a cabinet door built by my husband, Ed:

Neil's fantabulous cabinetmaking skills

And then Neil sprayed this dovetailed drawer, which he also built completely by himself!

Neil's gorgeous dovetailed drawer

His hands are already as steady as a brain surgeon's. I guess the nut didn't fall very far from the talent tree.

Updated at 11:00 p.m.: Here's Neil the frogman, wearing a respirator to keep out nasty lacquer fumes:

Neil, the frogmanly boy


Betsy Davenport said...

I LOVE that drawer. People don't make stuff like that, anymore. I know, your men do. But I miss the smell of wood, the shavings, the one bead of sweat hanging on to the end of my father's nose as he labored over that same kind of work.

I am filled with envy and yearning. Bravo to those fellas.

Stephanie E. said...

I am beyond impressed. What I'd give to have those kinds of skills. Is it weird that I've never even met Neil, yet I'm somehow proud of him just through having read all your lovely posts about him?

Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

If you're proud of him, Stephanie, we'll just have to start thinking of you as Auntie Stephanie. ;-)

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