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Check out these legs!

Those legs  I sketched out,       cut out, sanded clean—and then set aside for a minute. . .

I’m back on them-

plusmore.

They weren’t quite working with my original plan  so I set them aside to focus on other projects.

Wednesday I cut out 1 more so I could move forward with a 2 bench project.

making the legs-

So~ I pulled some 1½” thick wood, drew out my profile, cut it out on a band saw, sanded them all clean.

– I tried cutting out the first leg with a jigsaw, but the cuts came out kind of beveled because the blade struggled to stay straight up & down through the thick material.
– A bandsaw is truly the best way to get a good, straight up & down cut line with thick material.  BUT, you can’t just follow all those curving lines, you need to make a lot of relief cuts and clear the chunks as you go so the blade doesn’t get “pinched.”
– I bought a specialty sanding kit that you can use in a drill or drill press.  It essentially  becomes a drum sander, and is an AMAZing help and time saver!

my new specialty sanding kit for the drill or drill press

Instead of making a stretcher to stabilize the legs, I made a decorative piece -still like a stretcher- to go under the seat to stabilize the whole bench.

I pre-drilled (including a countersink) from the outside of the leg to attach.

attaching the decorative stabilizing piece-

-attaching the "stretcher"-attaching the "stretcher"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the benches- almost finished with construction

construction- FINI!

don't let that "white" finish fool you...Okay~ “funny” story here.  See the faded white paint on the boards above?  When I cleaned them it all washed away—it was actually

bird poop.

Seriously~ what’s with the birds and me lately?

Now that I had to REaddress the finish of the tops, I decided to keep it   “natural.”  I gave them a good sanding and waxed them, which really made the wood come to life, BUT.  Barnboards can be very. . . sliver-y.

I gave them a good coating of polyurethane.  BeaUtiful!

Catherine

Hope to see you at the  Vintage Market  tomorrow!

the "new" tops/seats

my new bench projects!

my new bench projects!

my new bench projects!

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Vintage Market at The Grove!I’ve been working on some decorative plaques for the Vintage Market this weekend.  I need “smalls” for it.

So, what do I have?

-I have lots of scrap wood in my studio from varying projects.

-A neighbor gave me some old door casing from the REmodel of his 100yr old simple farm house.

-I’ve been collecting lots of graphics for years -and- a roll of onion skin.

That’ll work!

For my first plaques, I created a shield form in 2 sizes~and made a pattern to make them over & over!  I actually used some slab doors I bought at the ReStore for these.  

After cutting out the shape, I routered a detailed edge, sanded, and primed them. Headed back in to play with some graphics on the computer.  Wrapped cardstock paper with onion skin, and printed out my images.

Shield Plaques

I made 4 “birds” and a large B&B plaque.

the first plaques-

Next, I dug out several misc end cuts of pine boards, “squared” them up, ran them through the router table, sanded and primed.

I also stripped the stain off a couple of small ReStore cabinet doors.

REusing scrap end cuts!

creating my decoupages--Again, I played around setting up some graphics—a variety of images, mostly from the backs of vintage china.  I love the stamps and crests that were used and have been collecting those images for many years.

I printed all onto onion skin that I wrapped around heavy cardstock paper to go through the printer.  Since I have yet to master ANY transfer method, I decided to use the very translucent onion skin to decoupage the images instead!  THAT, I can do!

*You can see at right just how translucent onion skin is.

I prefer to use wall paper paste in my decoupage projects.

1– It has more open time to move and adjust things.  I’ve heard some of you say how you struggle, try this instead!
2– It’s easier to UNdo down the line.  Wallpaper stripper will help get some off, and the rest can be sanded off.  Good luck with ModPodge.
3– I use wallpaper paste to seal the surface and edges of decoupaged drawer fronts, and the finish is much the same as ModPodge.

And then I spent a very enjoyable day applying all my papers!

When they were all dry I gave them all a light sanding to their surface, and a good sanding to clean up the paper edges/sides.  I clear waxed all—then lime waxed and dark waxed some of them too.

Lastly, I ripped the 100+ year old casing (from the neighbor) into 2″ widths, and cut mitered strips on the chop saw to frame each.  Plus, I screwed “D” rings to the back of each for hanging.my scrap wood plaques!

I love the many old, gloppy layers of paint, the cut nails,  all the imperfections!

A fun project for next to nothing—

Catherine

my scrap wood plaques!

my scrap wood plaques!

my scrap wood plaques!

my scrap wood plaques!

my scrap wood plaques!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

my scrap wood plaques!

I ran out of board on this frame and scabbed in a corner–I luv it more!

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-scatterbrainedI’ve got so many irons in the fire I’m feeling a little bit schizo’.

Sometimes- it’s best to work on something from start to finish.

Sometimes it’s better to work assembly line-like.

I’m finding the latter to be more effective right now and—why I’m so scattered.  Which makes it all tough to share with you

  what I’m working on.

Here’s the big deadline for a lot of my projects. . .

If you’re in the Chicago area—would LUV to see you!

Vintage Market at The Grove!

Check out these legs!

Here’s a peek at one of (maybe 2) those projects.

Drawn out, cut out, even sanded clean and ready for the next step of the project!

Catherine

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I’m working on multiple things at once ~again.

A pair of Nesting Trays!It keep things hummin’ along—but it slows things down.  Catch 22.

While everything was still “out,” I quickly put a smaller yard stick tray together.  Almost finished~sanding, waxing, attaching the handles (which I had to alter one to match the other).

I’m still working on MY pair of  [Decor Steals] shelf finishes, as well as some other stuff my Yardstick Trays!I’ll be sharing soon enough!

Until then~my pair of nesting trays!

Yes, I was channeling you Terry!  ; D

Catherine

my Yardstick Trays!

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stick,

that is!

a project of yard sticks--

I have a pretty good collection of old yard sticks for use in various projects!  But it’s getting thin and I haven’t found any more in quite some time~hmmm…?

cutting the legs-I didn’t sleep well the night before,

while laying there awake, an idea came to me for a project.  Not big and elaborate—just quick and fun! And I worked out ALL points of the construction laying there awake!

So after lunch yesterday, I grabbed the parts needed to do the PHYSICAL part of the job!  ; D

Task #1—I laid a scrap 2×6 board flat (the long way towards myself) and tipped the chop saw to cut 45° angles from the left side & right side of the board, then center to “square up” the triangles.

*This was just the most efficient way to make 4 equal triangular legs—which I cut to 4″ in length.

~making triangular legs

Task #2—I chose two 4ft [yard] sticks, and cut them in half (which gave me 2 sides, but I needed 4).  I cut the 24″ pieces into 10″ and 14″ lengths.  Then mitered the ends on all the pieces.

~cutting sides

Task #3—creating the sides.  I glued the mitered corners of the rulers around the triangular legs, and shot a pin brad to secure each connection, starting with the top/thicker ruler.  Using a spacer, I then glued and pin nailed the skinnier ruler around the rectangular form.

~the sides are formed

Task #4—I laid the rectangular form down over a board, traced out the shape, and cut a bottom with notched corners.  After rounding over the bottom edges at the router table, I inserted it and sealed it in with a bead of construction adhesive.

cutting a bottom~

adding and securing a bottom~

~construction finished

I added vintage screen door handles, and clear waxed all but the bottom—which I painted with the blue’ish green paint that was still out!

And I LUV it!

While everything is still out—I have two more yard sticks to make a smaller tray!

Catherine

my YARD STICK TRAY!

my YARD STICK TRAY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

some details-

my YARD STICK TRAY!

my YARD STICK TRAY!

I’m sharing this project with The Curator’s Collection!

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Do you ever look at those fun and cool items offered for sale on varying sites and think to yourself,

“I could make thatwhy would I BUY it?!?”

—and it’s not always about cost—

Corbel Wall Shelf | French Country Wall Shelf | Vintage Style Home Decor: I think this to myself a lot—but I’m lucky enough to have some pretty good carpentry skills and the tools to make things happen!

Last June I shared a few of my own interpretive projects—like this shelf offered several times now by Decor Steals.

This was MY interpretation—made from the APRON off a curbie sofa.

Making a shelf from a SOFA APRON!:

Making a shelf from a SOFA APRON!:

Yesterday I just felt like taking another stab at the idea.  I grabbed a leftover 5/4″ board, a pine board, some appliques and played around till I had something I liked!

Making my own "Decor Steals" SHELVES

Making my own "Decor Steals" SHELVESI cut the 5/4 board in half, centered the halves on my pine board and started riffling through my applique-stash.

I tried out some pretty aMAZing appliques—but I just couldn’t give them up to REsale.  AND I actually liked how these were going to work out!  Once things were settled on, I ripped the pine board on the table saw.

I didn’t just want to cut a board and stick appliques on it, I wanted to add the details that make a difference.  So I cut the contour of the applique and used a jigsaw to painstakingly

cut around all those applique details!

I gave my 5/4″ board -the top shelf- a little contouring too, then ran it through the router table with a large 1″ round over bit set a little high to get that added edge detail.   And a ¼” round over to soften the bottom edge.

Making my own "Decor Steals" SHELVES

Making my own "Decor Steals" SHELVES

Cutting, contouring, and routering a large profile...

Then it was just a matter of connecting the 2 parts together!

Glued, nailed, screwed, puttied, and sanded—
I’m off to paint them now!

Catherine

2 more of MY interpretive Decor Steals Shelves!

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It all started with a Curb Alert on Craigslist,

and then I told you about my tentative plans HERE.

the Curbie cabinet-

I love Terry‘s idea to make a wine bar out of it, and was actually going to run with that—BUT—

since I’m already REworking another cabinet in just that way,  a n d… . it IS for REsale~ I realized I needed to think more about mass appeal.

REfitting the carcass--I know, I knowb o r i n g.

Hoping for a quick flip with the least investment, I made it into a, granted, much less sexy

BOOKCASE.

Something everyone can use, and usually needs!  I’ve created and sold quite a few through the years.

I REfitted the bottom and back with ¼” plywood—luckily, the sides were really good!  But thin.  Do I REbuild them anyway to make two adjustable shelves?

If so~ they will end up being only 9″ high.  Not super practical.  One fixed center shelf will give two shelves 13½” and 14″ high.  AND, the easier thing to do!

This project went really fast!

But there was one other issue to deal with—the PLYWOOD.  It’s rough & uneven. The easiest thing I’ve found to make it smooth is—trowel on dry wall compound (or something like it) to LEVEL everything out and fill the voids.  Once dry, it sands out to a super fine finish.  Then paint.

*It’s hard to show you this from raw wood, so I painted THEN troweled over it filling all the voids so you can see it better.

-filling the voids in plywood

Simple in white with a punch of color and a little decoupage!

It may be a simple Federal style bookcase, painted white. . .

but that doesn’t mean it can’t be punched up with a bold color!  And I love this blue’ish green!

I’m not noted for using too many strong colors in my REsale projects—neutrals are just a safer bet!  This’ll make for a fun surprise in my antique mall space!

I added a little decoupage to the oval medallions and just used clear and dark wax to finish the top.

...a little decoupage...

--all ready to go!

-my antq mall space!

A n d  it’s off to the Antique Mall,

Where it looks kind of fun positioned by my Peace & Love chairs
(that I put back in for another shot)

Catherine

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