Coffee Cup
"Espresso! My Espresso!"
An Ongoing Internet Novelette
by Randy Glass - Copyright 2011 - All rights reserved

Coffee Cup
Custom Coffee Cabinet

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

     Every now and then I get a wild idea and go to work on it. This one took well over a decade t come to fruition. Between 1989 and 1995 my wife and I were volunteer firefighters. I believe it was in 1994 I had qualified as a burn building instructor on the local fire training grounds at Butte College, California. Shortly thereafter a volunteer company up the canyon had a number of new volunteer firefighters in need of training, and it just so happened that there was an old residence structure on the National Forest land that needed to be burned. I spent a couple of evenings working with the volunteers giving them the basic introduction to structure firefighting, and a few weeks later our companies combined and we burned that abandoned home in a training exercise that lasted the best part of a day.
     Before such an exercise begins the structure is inspected and all hazards removed. We look for things like propane bottles, objects in the attic that could fall through the ceiling, weak structural members, rotted flooring, and so forth. While I was checking out the garage which was also to be destroyed I found an old wood-framed, sash window. I immediately thought it would be an interesting picture frame, so I took it home. I cleaned it up, stripped the paint from it, sanded down what would be the outer face, and it sat in my house, unused, for seventeen years.
     Around the end of that seventeen years I decided that I needed some additional storage for some of my coffee-related items. The collection was growing and places to put items were not, so.....

     To add to the personal stories behind this, the horizontal members, including the shelves, are from an old piece of furniture that belonged to my paternal grandparents. It had fallen into a state of disrepair so I took the best of the wood from it and sawed it to fit me needs for this project. The sides were leftover plywood from our waterbed platform, and the face frame was shaped from 2x4's that were part of the stake-sides I built for our '74 Ford 4WD pickup.
     It needs a bit of finish work. I want to build some glass shelves for the smaller items, and after the glazing putty hardens I need to paint the inside of the door framework, but it sure is nice to have a bit more storage, and something that has so much of me built into it.

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