I WANTED to title this post–

my Muscles took Tuesday off

But that might be too weird.  Very true, but weird.

I started at 7:30am with a tough cardio workout then decided to make it a weight lifting day too.  My arms were already tired, but I had a LOT of thick-heavy woodcutting to do.  And sanding.  Lots and lots of  aggressive  sanding.

I finally quit and cleaned up at 8pm.  A very long and physically exhausting day.  I didn’t sleep well for how achy my muscles were, so I just couldn’t get up for the gym Tuesday morn.  It HURT to change the tv remote-kind-of-ache.        No gym–No projects.  Day off.   *Maybe I can lift a glass of wine.  Medicinally.

I opened the door just long enough to take this picture for you to see how things looked from Monday night.

NOW I’m trying to figure out the finishes– ugh.  Two different woods, that both look cool—but I don’t want a COMPLETE stain job.  Same with the bench so far.  Double- UGH.

my TREFOIL sofa table project, and a bench!

my projects~

Here’s a look at my bench ends.

They make me laugh so—they look like fat thighs & butt!

Seriouslydon’t they?

A N D -back from the gym, and back on these pieces,






Gym Humor-  and how I usually keep going through the aching muscles…


Gym Humour- how I keep going!


Quatrafoil imageI’ll start with my

TREFOIL project!

I’ve always known about a


so –duh– I guess I’m working with a TREfoil!  Although~did you know that each “leaf” is called a LOBE?

Thanks people for cluing me in!

image of my TREFOIL salvage piece


My project is actually 2 parts.

A sofa (or console or hall) table & a bench!

I shared my LAZY-girl’s pattern-making and cutting it out in my last post.

Sunday was so aMAZingly beautiful that I got to open the big overhead door to my work shop– blow out the excess sawdust and let things air out!  AND, it meant I got to play with –and problem solve– my SIMPLE table design—OUTSIDE in the SUNSHINE!  YaY!

Sometimes SIMPLE is pretty complicated.  I want to nestle a bench under the table, which means no bottom shelf or stretcher connecting the legs for support/stability.  Finding the right angle for the legs to flair out became a bit of a game—5° seemed to be the magic number!

THEN– to leave the legs/sides solid and plain or cut in a design.  Leave the very bottom of each side SOLID or cut them to create FEET?  Without “feet” the table could wobble on an uneven floor.

I ALSO FOUND– that the Trefoil design was hidden under the top and I needed to lower it.  2″ seemed enough to still clear a bench.

AND– what about a bench design?  To be a MATCH or just be a fun bench?

This was Sunday night

working on the design-

Monday I loaded everything up and headed for the strippers.

They gave me their thoughts on the 5° angle of the legs and “yes” to cutting in “feet” for stability–but not too deep with soft pine!

AND they let me use the pressure washer to clean the boards for the top, and the bandsaw to cut my bench legs!  I owe them BIG!

I’ll have finished pieces to share next time!

Until then~

Hello Spring!

Hello Spring!


I playfully made one from misc lamp parts laying around!

a BIRD FEEDER from misc lamp parts! a BIRD FEEDER from misc lamp parts!



Parts from a hanging lantern, a mercury glass cover from a ceiling mount light fixture, the center rod for a lamp, an escutcheon plate for a chandelier, and a very large lamp finial!

drilling holes in china!

AND- last week I drilled holes in 2 Noritake plates to make a cupcake/goodies stand!  I used my diamond-encrusted drill bit, water         and a DEEP BREATH-  at a little slower, steady speed!  I have a collection of those tiered handles!


making a cupcake stand!

. . .or would this be considered a

3 leaf clover?

a shamrock OR 3 leaf clover?

making a pattern--This is a section of the over-head fret work from a Victorian porchISN’T IT AMAZING?  But this piece was not mine to use—only lent to me to create a pattern.

How’s THIS for EASY?!

Making a COPY~

I laid the fret work over a freshly cut-to-size pine board–since I really liked its proportions.

* I DID put the pretty, chippy side down because of the next step.

I used a color of spray paint that “matched” the backside and SPRAYED THROUGH THE DESIGN!  (I wiped the paint off the form right away!)

Instant pattern!

Can you get any lazier?  Work SMARTER, NOT HARDER!

Examples of fret work

examples of fret work~

Then I got out the very best “saw.”  The drill!

I used a mortising bit to drill through the end point of the stem, and a HOLE SAW BIT for the 3 rounds of the clover!  C‘mon~ who would EVER be able to cut perfect, consistent circles with a jig saw?

THEN- I did use the jig saw to join the clover leaves to the stem point, and clean up the leaves.  SO E·A·S·Y!  But exhausting.  To my arms AND my battery packs!  Thank goodness I have 3—one was constantly getting put back on the charger.

cutting out the clovers~

cutting out the clovers~

And this is all a part of my next project!

Guess what I’m making now~

just too bad I didn’t do it sooner for St Patty’s Day!


a 2 drawer valetWHAT creative thing can you make with a pair of drawers?

Well, how about


For jewelry?  Cosmetics?

In times of old—stationary, sewing supplies?  Or me—house my crazy number of sunglasses! (hoarder)

I actually started out with another plan, but just found this to be a little more inspiring!

making the box

With the drawers now cut down– I moved on to making a box.  I cut sections for each rail-drawer divider, and traced out and cut the bowed form of each drawer front.  I also detached the beaded decorative rail from the bottom drawer, which I attached instead to the bottom of the box.

I measured and cut sides and put it all together.  I also added a small detailed band around the top.  I puttied, sanded, & primed.

Moving back to the drawers  —out came the stripper.

But 1st- a “problem.”  I was going to remove the hardware before stripping, but couldn’t.   know/understand this carpentry—but for those of you who don’t –let me explain.

this drawer construction

One drawer is “standard,” it’s that funky one I’d like to explain.  To get the extreme “bowed” shape, the carpenter cut-carved-contoured a thicker piece of wood and PLANTED IT ON to the STANDARD drawer face.

This means NO veneer to match the rest of the piece of furniture—and a potential staining challenge.

This also means a different application for the hardware.  The picture below should help you see this “add on” and why you can’t unscrew and remove the handle.  The carpenter applied and screwed on the handle to the PLANT-ON—the screws are buried between the 2 drawer faces.

this drawer construction

I COULD HAVE pried off the plant-on,

UNscrewed the hardware,

stripped & REfinished the front, and

REapplied to the standard drawer face.

top drawer raw--bottom is waxedBUT—it’s REALLY hard to REapply and make it look like it did originally–so I stripped it with the hardware on.  I used an old toothbrush to scrub inside the holes of the backplate.  Sanding was also a bit of a challenge.

I didn’t want to stain it again -you may know my penchant for raw wood- but the NO veneer and veneered drawers didn’t match up, so I clear waxed them.

At left~ top is raw, bottom is waxed.

The primer was nice but boring so I grabbed a 2nd color for a mottled color that would look closer to the wood drawers.

And I added a carrying handle on the top!

a 2 drawer VALET!

I love it!


And I have MORE drawers!

a 2 drawer VALET!



a 2 drawer VALET!

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∗ Just got an email from someone not understanding the STANDARD drawer face vs the PLANT-ON drawer face— hope this helps!  Catherine

the dilapidated desk and its parts!Actually, I have a bunch of these drawers.  They are from what WAS a cool desk, but was abused BADLY.  So I bought it and gutted it for parts.  It had 8 aMAZing ball & claw feet that were the BIG prize!

the dilapidated desk and its parts!



I’ve cut a LOT of drawers down, but don’t remember if I’ve ever shown you or broken it down.  It can be an easy OR complicated process–it just depends on how you want to approach it.  I find THIS to be the easy way.

cutting down a drawer~

I set the fence at the table saw to cut off the UNneeded length.  The back of the drawer is always flat and will run smoothly against the fence and help keep a consistent cut off measurement.

cutting down a drawer~

And-  I like to use a push guide in one of the table saw channels to help support and guide the object being cut.  I just flipped the drawer after each cut side was completed.  *Big drawers are better cut on each side first, THEN the bottom.  It’s just more stable.

cutting down a drawer~

THEN I remove the back from the cut off.  I–like to REcut it to fit INSIDE the back of the drawer—it’s just easier to REconnect having 3 sides to nail to!

cutting down a drawer~

WoW~ the carpenter's notes from 1943!

The carpenter’s construction notes were still on the underside of one of the old drawers from 1943!


It’s always awesome finding those little things!  AND you also see my chicken scratch working out the math of my project.  But mine will get tossed on the burn pile latter.

WoW~ the carpenter's notes from 1943!

my 2 newly cut down drawers!

Well– here are my

2 cut down drawers,

all set to be worked into the next phase of my project!

Stay tuned~


the Art Deco nightstandLast fall my bf came for the weekend with a carload of projects she needed help with.

She teasingly calls me Bobbie the builder.

But I couldn’t do everything and gave her a tutorial on the varying tools, one at a time per task–which gave her a chance to get comfortable & confident!  WE were able to tackle a LOT of the projects!

A couple of projects got left behind for me to take on solo, including this

Art Deco nightstand.

It has a missing drawer, missing hardware, and the veneer shows how much it’s been banged around & abused–

but it’s still really solid!

REinventing the Art Deco nightstand

I thought it was worth “restoring” and would REmake the missing drawer,  but then I started thinking about the repairs, hardware, and RESALE,    and decided to REINVENT.

I removed the door and demo’d the drawer section.  That left a dado on each side to be filled–I ripped wood from the drawer parts for the “same wood” to blend in.

filling the dado's after demo

filling the dado's after demo

I used a caulk styled construction adhesive to apply the strips for 2 reasons.

1- Instant bonding.

2- As I pushed/hammered it in, the excess oozed out and let me scrape it away for a level surface.

filling the dado's after demo

While that set up and the other areas of fill (chipped veneer, hinge and hardware holes) I took the top off and stripped it.

some of the details and the top

the primer and base coats

Then I finally started priming.

I forgot to coat it with varnish first for bleed through, so Thank God it didn’t!  2 coats in I decided to take a short cut and use the spray chalk paint again—have I become lazy?  I used the Linen White to better cover my primer coats.

THEN I grabbed a warm beige to over-coat the white and wipe it off.  I just wanted to accentuate the details of the cabinet.

While each coat of paint was setting up (that chalk paint is very thin but multi-layered paintsdries SO slowly) I worked on a shelf.  I used the door and the drawer rail.

This little project won’t fetch a big price tag so I’m trying to minimize any expenditures.  That’s also what made me REmake it into a NIGHT TABLE.

And from this picture you can also see that I made it a fixed shelf with larger quarter round shoe molding.

Bullet clips cost money.

All in all, I think it came out pretty cute.

The top was stripped and only waxed silky smooth.   But it all works!


And it’s at the antique mall for sale already–




Lighting is the color difference in the pics–

the ART DECO night table

the ART DECO night table

what a skill!

I just have to share this!

In mid February I placed an ad on Craigslist looking for someone with knitting or crocheting skills who MIGHT be able to repair a couple of sweaters for me.  Fingers crossed.

I posted a general and close up picture with my ad.

seeking sweater repair services
seeking sweater repair services

A few days passed with 2 responses.  From a grandmother who was fairly confident she could help me—and from someone who thought I was RIDICULOUS for even asking and to “just toss the sweaters already!”  Thanks, expletive.

I picked up my TWO repaired sweaters this morning.

When we met I shared a 2nd also needing repair, but had no true expectation or hope for it.  Omg~what a surprise!

Can you find the repairs?

seeking sweater repair services--can you find the repair?

The green Spring-weight tunic sweater fell dramatically apart at the shoulder because of its weight and a bad hanger.  But I’ve had it more than 20 years and could NOT bear to let it go!  And now I don’t have to—yippie!

Again, can you find the repairs?

seeking sweater repair services--can you find the repair?

This lady has SKILLS!


Can you believe, it was the left side!
Now, back to a really cool Art Deco Nightstand I’m REworking!
But you already know that if you’re following me on instagram!