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Let me just say that girls with power tools rock! I love working with my hands and building something. It feels great! It all started when my husband and I built our garage together. During the day while he was at work I framed all the walls by myself while my infant son took his naps. It took me weeks but felt great to have accomplished something so challenging. I used a hammer for all the framing work. Let me tell you my arms never looked so good. Then we got to the roof and I got to use a nail gun to attach the shingles. Holy cow! That was awesome! After that I couldn’t wait to tackle my next project and soon started accumulating my own set of tools and power tools.
Yes, some of my tools are pink. Whenever I see pink tools I buy them. They are pink for a reason. First, why not? Second, I am trying to discourage the men in my life from borrowing my tools so that I always know where they are when I need them. I have my own drill and impact driver. My husband and I share the circular saw and chop saw. Someday I may need my own tool shed, ha!
Two years ago we ripped up all of our decking and replaced it. The project took all weekend but it was so worth it. Our deck looks great and was safer since we replaced the old rotting wood. But since then we have not found the time to seal it properly so it stays looking nice. Last year I redid my picnic table. The wood on the table top and seats was rotting and unusable because of the splintering wood. I loved the table though because it is a large hexagon which is the perfect shape for hanging out with family and friends. So I replaced all of the rotting wood on the top and seats since the supporting frame was still in great shape. But I still had not found the time to sand it properly and apply a finish, until now.
I’ll admit I was lacking the motivation to finish my table and deck…until I saw this RYOBI Nation Party Station – Dream Big video! Watch it! It is great and will definitely get you up off the couch to go fix something, lol!
How is that for a kick in the pants! So I decided to tackle the table first because it involved getting a new power tool! My husband has an old Ryobi Corner Cat sander that still works great but I also decided I wanted something a bit bigger for this job. I checked out all the sanders at Ryobi Power Tools. I found the belt sander I wanted, picked it up at Home Depot, and got to work.
I wanted you to really be able to see how great the table looked so I only refinished half of it. I used the new Ryobi belt sander for the bulk of the work and the Ryobi Corner Cat for the corners and harder to reach areas.
Then I brushed off all the dust and washed it with soap and water. After it was dry I applied 1 coat of tinted sealer using a paint brush. I think it turned out really nice and I can’t wait to do the other side! I also would like to build my own lazy susan for in the center of the table. I want to make one that has a hole for an umbrella but I think I need another tool to complete that project. Too bad Mother’s Day has already passed. Maybe I can get myself an early Christmas present and call it Christmas in July!
My dream project would be to go all out on the deck and really turn it into the ultimate outdoor space. I need to finish the table and treat the deck with sealant. I have also purchased shade sails to give us some shade but need to install some posts to hang them from. I would also build in some seating and of course what outdoor space would be complete without the Ryobi Party Station. Do you have an outdoor party station or gathering place for you friends and family to hang out? Do you dream of having one? Do you dream of having a bigger better one? Have you built your own party station yet? Share your creation in the Ryobi Nation Party Station Contest for a chance to win $1000 worth of Ryobi tools! That’s what I am talking about! What a great way to build your own collection of power tools!
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