Another Classic Dad & Daughter Project

Photos by my mom, dad, and self

Things have been crazy lately. My senior Capstone show is in four weeks, so it is officially down to crunch time. I'm now beginning to really think about my displays, and realized just how much work they are going to be.

For my practice rebranding of Lehman Construction Company, LLC, based out California, MO, I thought that it would be cool to incorporate a peg board on the wall behind me displaying various things I had designed. So, Friday I texted my dad and explained to him my vision, sprinkling in the prettiest of pleases.

My dad has always been the superhero of my artistic visions, never hesitating to help me construct even the wildest of my ideas into physical pieces. This time was no different, even with a long week of corporate meetings in NYC in front of him. He really is the best dad.

The best part about building stuff with my dad is that often times, we don't even really need to speak full sentences or even words to understand what needs to happen next; it all goes smoothly and we have a great time overcoming the challenges I unwittingly make for myself sometimes. He also has brilliant ideas and innovative approaches to problems, opening up an even wider range of possibilities for visually carrying out my concepts. On this project, for example, I was planning on just nailing the wood boards to the back of the peg board, but my dad suggested that we frame it instead so that the edges are covered. Genius. I just didn't know how to do it...but he did. After about 3 swipes with a table saw set with some pretty impressive measuring skills, it was good to go. The whole construction took about 2 hours with my dad and I working together, plus planning and clean up time. Absolutely miraculous, if you ask me. (And I am way too excited about it.)

In case you are curious, here are the steps we took to build this frame:

1. Cut white coated peg board to 33x37" with a circular saw

2. Cut 1 1/2 x 7/8" boards to slightly longer lengths than edges of the peg board with a table saw

3. Set table saw height to 7/16", 9/16" from flat guide

4. Run the length of the board against down the blade, pressing it flush against the guide. We used an extra piece of wood to guide the last bit through with someone on the other side to pull it and help keep it flush. Run it again.

5. Reset to 10/16 from flat guide and run each piece again to widen the ledge being created for the pegboard to sit on

6. Cut 45 degree angles on one side of all pieces. Line up with one another around the piece, and mark where it needs to be cut in order to be flush. Cut pieces.

7. Use 80 medium sandpaper to smooth wood pieces down, concentrating on softening edges and removing blemishes with long strokes. Finish off with 180 fine sandpaper. Dust off each piece.

8. Put the pieces of the frame around the peg board, standing it up so that it rests on the bottom wood piece. Hold together.

9. While one holds, another uses 5/64 drill bit to create a guide hole for each screw, going almost as deep as the screw itself - which is 1 1/2". Drill about a third of the way in with a 3/32 drill bit to avoid splitting the wood when driving the screw in at the top.

9. Use screwdriver to insert 1 1/2" long screw while another holds the two pieces together.

Screws are on the top and bottom of the frame, two on each corner. Carry this construction process out in pairs, focusing on one corner at a time.