I didn’t know much about taekwondo, but I kept hearing the same rave review from other parents: “It’s so good for teaching them respect.”
Sold! I mean, who doesn’t want respectful kids?
We signed up our son last year, when he started Grade 1, and we all liked it so much that our daughter joined him this fall. We aren’t a sporty family, so taekwondo has been the perfect combination of physical activity and teamwork.
Whenever an instructor enters the gymnasium (dojang), every student needs to stop whatever they’re doing and bow in unison. Now, this might not sound that impressive if you think about them already being fairly quiet and working on their moves. But the instructors are entering the dojang before class starts, during the “free time” when the kids are running around playing basketball and scooting on PlasmaCars. It’s pretty neat to see dozens of kids look up suddenly, bow and then get back to their game of tag.
That’s what I discovered recently when I was helping a client convert an office into a guest bedroom. She wanted a small desk where she could plug in her laptop when she wasn’t using it, so we’d talked about building a slim floating desk near the door. (Similar to this floating makeup desk I’d built for our daughter’s room.)
Then, 10 minutes later, when we were traipsing through her basement, I said, “Wait, what about that desk?” It was home to a few kitty food bowls and the top was in rough shape.
She explained it was an old partner’s desk — designed to be shared by two lawyers. While she liked it a lot, she’d checked numerous antique shops and had never been able to find a chair narrow enough to slide underneath it.
In fact, she already had a great wooden chair to use — the front of the seat was just slightly too wide, but I knew it could be lopped off.
She had two twin bed frames and I knew immediately I wanted to try building pallet-style headboards — envisioning a mix of deep wood tones to go with the fluffy white comforters we planned to use.
I measured the beds and decided the headboards should be 38 inches wide and 24 inches tall, so they’d fit nicely over the beds without hitting the window trim (or being completely hidden by pillows).
I got started by cutting pieces for a frame and screwing them together. Each headboard got a long 38-inch piece of 2×2 for the top of the frame, two 20-inch pieces of 2×2 for the sides, and a 35-inch piece for the bottom.
Once I had two sturdy rectangles built out of 2x2s, it was time for the fun part: adding the planks!