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Confessions Of A ‘Kaki Bangku’

So the cat is out of the bag.  I was never a sportsman, much less a soccer fan or player.  Perhaps it was because of the allergic reaction of my limbs to grass.  But that was a different story.

In my youth days, we used to make low-rise stools to provide posterior support while we worked on household chores like washing and cooking or even while playing games.  

All that were needed were a piece of wooden plank (preferably half-an-inch thick at least), a handsaw, some nails and a hammer.  Just had the plank sawn into 3 suitable sizes and then bang-bang…voila, we had our “bangku”.   Length and breadth were flexible — could be custom to suit any bum size.

By the way, Penang Hokkiens call them in such Hokkienized way, that one would think “bangku” is a Chinese term.

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What’s The Colour Of Your Stool ?

Mine came in various shades of brown, and very hard !   They smelled good too. Before anyone throws up, am talking about the home-made wooden stools that we had in our home decades ago.  LOLX.

Apart from the bedroom set that my parents bought for their wedding, almost everything else was D-I-Y by my dad (of course aided later on by me 🙂 ).   We made a total of 6 stools as per illustration, a dining table, a workbench, a couple of racks and cabinets too.

We were blessed with the advantage of being in the vicinity of a sawmill — which had ample supplies of discarded timber odds & ends — and  a basic set of woodworking tools, a tradition of ‘berdikari’ and spirit of ‘jimat cermat’.  Those were the good old days, really.