Sorry, Quiana.

September 29, 2009

Cheap, Gadget, Prototype

Well, you’ll be pleased to know that the slight (unbruised) bump on my forehead was overshadowed in my photo by sadly limp hair on one side and ‘Shazzam!-that-shampoo-bar-is-giving-your-tresses-unlimited-volume’ hair on the other side. Good times.

So, Quiana, I’m really sorry that you went to Japan and saw a real kotatsu table in action, because this post is going to be really, really embarrassing.

We all know I like to dabble, right? That I like to experience things in the fastest, cheapest, least-effort-expended way possible, right? Well, last winter I came across articles about kotatsu tables, low Japanese tables heated from underneath (by coals or an electrical source), then covered by a comforter to keep the heat in. Apparently central heating is iffy in Japan (really?), so this would be where families would gather during chilly evenings, their legs bathed in cozy warmth.

I am all about that! Chilly evenings are Experiment Central around here! Lloyd nixed the coal idea (some ‘safety’ issue), and I knew that using a heat lamp would just result in cut-up knees for me, so that left using a heat panel. Cozy Winters makes one, but it’s too pricey for something to just goof around with.

Enter the surplus auction from a couple of weeks ago. Woo-hoo!! They had one, and Lloyd got it for two bucks!!! On Monday night I had a free half hour between sitcoms (Yay for new television being on!), so I cobbled together a terrible table out of some particle board, three pieces of closet rod,a piece of stair railing and four almost-too-short screws. (Why do I have a piece of stair railing? Anyone? Anyone?)

Someone needs to sweep that floor.

Metal strapping is better than duct tape, but only in this instance.

It is wobbly, dangerous, and deliciously warm. Bring on the cold!

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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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6 Responses to “Sorry, Quiana.”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Ha! That table is hilarious. It looks like something from The Nightmare Before Christmas. “Its construction should be exceedingly simple.”


  2. Deanne Said on:

    Is it safe? Can you cover it with a blanket or cloth like they do with the other tables? (Will this comment show up right away?)


  3. Rae Said on:

    You ask about the stair railing? I think you are going to start having batting practice with the falling buckeyes. Or, you were going to put in a short railing on the stairs for when undeniably cute family members of the kid type come visit you. Or, maybe, you kept it by the front door in case the hobos who started leaving you those sidewalk messages became hostile.


  4. Peggy Said on:

    Excellent job!!! But you know 90% of our body heat escapes out of our heads…could you make the table taller & sit all the way under it.


  5. Quiana Said on:

    Fah! All you need do is add a second table top that fits over the regular one and it will be perfect. I’ve never looked under a kotatsu; for all I know they are all held up by stair railings and closet rods.

    I’m now incredibly jealous!


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