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Now that I had removed all the upholstery and decades old cotton batting, I replaced the padding with modern materials that would hopefully be long-lasting and easy to work with.  I ordered my first batch of foam from FoamByMail.com, who offers high-density foam in custom sizes at an affordable price.  While waiting on the foam to arrive, I had some more work to do.

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I had to part ways with my old leather sectional.  It had sentimental value, as a hand-me-down from my mom…but was too big for my new place.  Moreover, it seemed like I was the only person who enjoyed its largeness and nostalgic comfort.  So, it was time to look for a replacement.

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Wood is pretty cool.  The wood lobby will tell you that it is ‘renewable, abundant, and sustainable’.  It can be shaped and molded into virtually any form.  There are innumerable examples from woodworking masters like Sam Maloof, George Nakashima, etc. that show how beautiful a brown matrix of cellulose and lignin can become.

I have none-to-very few of those woodworking skills.  As with everything else in life, you can’t know unless you do.  I found a local hardwood shop that had some hardwood slabs and decided to learn more about wood by making an ultra-simple table.  $160 later, I had a 40-pound, 15″x3″x48″ slab of American walnut.  It came as you see here.

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My old TV came on this ∞-pound stand which doesn’t match anything else I own…made of depleted uranium I’m certain.  It had to go.  Incredibly, it fetched $40 on Craigslist!

old tv stand

 

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