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Maybe it’s good enough as-is.

October 17, 2013

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Let me shorten up the back story: I need to build a float.

It’s going to be a small, hand-pushed thing for the lighted, evening Christmas parade. It’s for the CDC and since I own the drill, I get to build it. Today the forecast was for a sunny, clear day so I thought I’d go buy the lumber after work, but the weather turned all gloomy and really windy. Not plywood-totin’ weather.

In lieu of productive work, I spent an hour working up a full-scale model out of rolled-up wallpaper and plastic tubs.

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Can you guess what it’s going to be? (That’s my thing now.)

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Fake manger?

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Rickety structure? If you guessed ‘rolling birthplace of Jesus’, you are correct!

Things were going well until I tried to make a fake roof. There will be a star above the real one, and I’m trying to get a sense of scale. The first roof was not going well. Sure, I could have called upstairs for someone to help, but it turns out that I like to work alone.

This was my second attempt. I took a photo because I was pretty sure it was going to crush the structure.

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Spoiler alert: it did.

Can’t this just be the final model? Slap a pair of skateboard on this thing and we’re good to go.

About Lauren

Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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3 Responses to “Maybe it’s good enough as-is.”

  1. Brad Said on:

    So are you going to discard the idea of getting wood, and instead do a modern art version? Building a manger scene with various school supplies… it sounds like an interesting juxtaposition of ideas, and it may get a special comment from Kathy Lee Gifford as you pass by the grandstand. She’ll be commentating, right?

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  2. Kristi Said on:

    Use Legos. Or better yet use Lincoln Logs.

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  3. Peggy Said on:

    How about paper….brown bulletin board paper or kraft paper…with some hay or straw glued here & there to it.

    Or say, how about cardboard….you don’t happen to know anyone who has a ridiclous abundance of cardboard boxes do you?

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