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Pardon the punI couldn’t help myself!

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I bought this fun basket because I loved it!

a wonderful wire basket!

But I confess, I also bought it

because -it needed- a WAY better handle!

And I wanted to add it to my stashes for 2 pop-up flea markets later this year.

Cool wire basket.  Stupid handle.  My remedy!

Stupid Handle

I happily took a hammer to the stupid plastic smashing it to pieces!

To the alarm of m’ma, I borrowed another piece of her mother’s broken cradle.

I cut out the section I wanted to use on the chop saw, then ripped that part in half at the table saw.

using a piece of an antq crib

*There was no way to disconnect the metal handle to make any other kind of change.

 Now cut in half to wrap around the metal handle, it would also require a long channel, a groove–which I created at the router table.

routing a channel, a long groove

routing a channel, a long groove

a new handle for the basket!Make sense now?

I glued and clamped the pieces back together and left it to dry overnight.  Sanded, lime waxed—and called it finished!

Properly!

I know, a lot of fuss for such a small detail, right?  But doesn’t this look nicer?!

Catherine

a much nicer handle, right?

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~used as a sofa table hereAside from my mother, a friend on my way TO the antq mall, and a couple antq mall employees–
plus what I shared with you guys—

who would ever know this table even existed?

It sold in the blink of an eye!

Truly not complaining or anything!

Before I left the mall I told them that I guess I need to make another asap!

Funny~ the first was 5ft in length, the second, 5’4″ and the current is 5’6″!  They’re growing!

The pallet boards were long and these legs pitched out a bit for stability, so, why not?!

So here’s the newest—

you can see how the legs pitch out some~and will make this 5'6" table more stable

the pallet boards had some interesting markings!

the pallet boards had some interesting markings!

I kind of like all those funny markings on the pallet boards and kept them.

I used the Farrow & Ball  Rectory Red again that seemed to go over so big on #2—uh, well, by those who DID see it!

Looong skinny table #3

This one is probably as looong as I would push it—it’s end to end of the back of the sofa, literally.

Wouldn’t this be kind of amazing

parked under a very large flat screen tv instead of the same ol’ same ol’ ?
And a loooong bench under it!
Now~it’s off to the antq mall.  Again!

Catherine

Looong skinny table #3Looong skinny table #3

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~or should I say  take 3  ?

my loooong tables

–the 1st and 2nd of my  Loooong skinny tables–

Awww, that’s it now for the wonderfully curved, double corner freebie table legs.

I was in the antique mall trying to figure out which way to shift and shuffle things to fit in this 2nd table—but someone bought it on the spot!  I left with the cash in my pocket—a GOOD problem!

Saturday I pulled more legs from my stashes, another of those super long pallets and got to work on a “replacement” table.

 

*I was hoping to take you through the steps of making this but I didn’t get the best step-by-step pictures.  Sorry.  I WILL come back to that if you’re interested.  Tables are really easy to make!

Looong skinny table #3

constructing another looong skinny tableBasically~

I DEconstructed another looong pallet, selected which boards I would use where and laid out the table top (good side down).

–In the picture above–

#1- I used a framing square to mark out an overhang and location of the legs AND clamped it down as a “catch” to hold each leg in position while I screwed them into place.

#2- Each leg was secured firmly in place with “pocket screws” from the two inner sides. 

#3 and #4- The aprons were glued, tacked in place from “underneath,” and screwed in on an angle to each leg.

Same methods for the long aprons.  AND I added center cleats for extra support.

5ft 6″ long × 10¼” deep

another Loooong skinny table

~some packing info on the pallets

I’m kinda’ digging the printing on some of the pallets and may keep it!

Stain and paint are in the works, more tomorrow~

Catherine

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the Looooong tableNot that I forgot about the exaggeratedly long table I built last fall for Nellie’s Barn Sale,

5ft long × 9½ inches deep

but I just so happened to run into the couple that bought it over the weekend.

Huh~ I still have the other pair of legs. . . and I happened on some pallet boards at an unusual 5ft 8 inches in length!  It’s the same spot I found the 2″ thick pallet used for the industrial-barn chic coat rack (also built for Nellie’s Barn sale) last fall.  I’ve been stalking that place ever since!
Since I’m no “Tom Brady” fan, I decided to forgo the super bowl and head out to my studio to work create instead!

not JUST thinking outside the box!

Last fall,

someone was offering a dining table & chairs for FREE on Craigslist.  Uh, hello~I’m on my way!

I had no interest in the WHOLE—I saw PARTS!  *Although I did do a REglue & REvamp to sell the chairs immediately.
I knocked down the table into PARTS to make it easier to store.  But I used 2 of the 4 corner double legs right away.  Paired with some awesome free barn board, I made the first  looooong skinny table you see pictured above.

So, running into the folks who bought it got me thinking again.  Fast, easy, FUN project!

freebie dining table & chairs off Craiglslist~ PARTS!

~my overflow pile!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s my little overflow wood pile!

So I grabbed one of those really long pallets and knocked it down to individual boards, ripped what I needed to width and cut them to length.  This time though, I rounded the ends to match the legs.  It spans a long  5’4” × 10″.

I drilled for pocket screws to secure the legs to the table top, then was able to figure the angles to add the aprons.  I shot nails in from the top to secure the aprons~with extra supports.  A N D, you see I painted.

making the Loooooong table

making the Loooooong table

making the Loooooong table~ the routered detail

Here, you can see the few separate parts needed to bring it all together.

And you can see the bead detail I routered into the aprons trying to match the same apron/leg detail.

Yes~ I painted the table.

Farrow & Ball  Rectory Red #217

I have no passion for red, but I used this at Christmas and found I really liked it.  And I actually really like it for this table!

I’m just not happy with the top.  Yet.  But I’ll figure it out.

Behind a sofa, down a hallway, in a foyer, at the foot of a bed with a bench. . . just something for fun!

Catherine

And now it goes to the antique mall for sale~

~close up of the loooooong table

~used as a sofa table here

~used as a sofa table here

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Actually, a 2nd makeover.

the vintage soda crateTHIS was one of my –therapeutic– projects (after hand surgery) last year.

I visualized a teenage boy using this as a night stand while I worked on it—well, in any case, I may have thought it was a fun piece

but it never sold.

In spite of multiple locations of exposure. Bummer.  I stuck it back in storage.

funky junk's STORAGE TROLLEY!

THEN I saw this cool Storage Trolley posted by

Donna @  funky junk!

Isn’t it a fantastic idea for extra storage?!?  OMGosh~thanks Donna!  So guess how I’m altering my crate!  ; D

Why didn’t I think of this?

I left my existing project alone, except that

I added on to it!

It didn’t take much, and it didn’t take long…

and here it is now!

the vintage soda crate MAKEOVER!

what a difference!

Catherine

I believe I see a quick sale coming!

the vintage soda crate MAKEOVER!the vintage soda crate MAKEOVER!

the vintage soda crate MAKEOVER!

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This table,

Craigslist $5

Do you see what I see?

Craigslist $5

Parts!

Lots of CHEAP parts, no less!

Craigslist $5 worth of PARTS!

So I chased off to pick up this guy, and, handing the lady my $5 she was so concerned to highlight the water mark on the top.  So sweet.  I didn’t have the heart to tell her not to worry about it because I was cutting it all up.  I just said THANK YOU.

On my return, I stood at the back of the car knocking it down into all those parts.  Easier to store •until further notice• too!

I now have:

#1  the top could become a large clock face, replace a table or dresser top, line a pair of wooden tray designs I’ve been mulling over…  I’ll strip it first.

#2 and #3  I think I’ll just RE-miter and make into frames.

#4  a wonderful wood turned post perfect for another world globe base!

#5  FEET!  For another table design I’ve been sketching in my head!

#6  Small CORBELS!  This is what –for me– solidified buying the table.

Craigslist $5 worth of PARTS!

Craigslist $5 worth of PARTS!

Someone once wrote me how they wanted to open up the top of my head and have a look inside to see what I see—Well, there ya’ go!

Happy Day my peeps~

Catherine

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taking down the Christmas treeI’ve always wondered about this, so I went online to see if there are any actual “guidelines” on this subject.

“Every family moves at their own pace when it comes to taking down Christmas trees and decorations, but there are certain popular dates to remember that are approaching when people will start taking them down. Those specific dates follow either religious or even just superstitious guidelines.”     SOURCE

when do you take down the tree?New Year’s Eve.

Superstitions would have you take the tree down and UNdecorate before midnight on the last day of the year so not to drag old baggage and bad luck into the New Year.

January 5th.

Tradition considers THIS to be the 12th day of Christmas—the last day of all the Christmas celebrations and merriment.

January 6th.

Taking down the tree on this day is usually in observance of the Epiphany, or Three Kings Day (a Christian holiday).

Now, at the other end of this query lie the folks that take it down and to the curb –Christmas nightyikes!

 

when do you take down the tree?

I admit that -for me- it can be the end of January

before I start UNdecorating!

Catherine

 

 

 

 

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