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I just need a minute~e s,  I sort of abandoned blogging for a while last year.

I needed a FEW minutes.

My bad.

 

Just like on the computer– I needed to hit the REfresh button.

But that’s not to say I wasn’t working on projects.  Oh, I was.

I had a  L O T  of project ideas, and I’d be selling in 2 Fall shows.  BUT- I knew the summer would be consumed by yard and garden repair.  And I started focusing on myself & hitting the gym hard.  A N D, of course, there was FAMILY TIME.  Seemed like EVERY. thing. was a full time proposition.

I just showed you the wall cabinet that was created because of orphaned desk drawers.  I actually made a variety of wall hanging things.  -Shelves.

I still had some very plain-Jane ReStore corbels.  I bought all 6 they had and parked on them forEVER before I came up with the first project.  But each time, I found I had to cut a bit off—and I kept themYou never know

3 corbel pairs became 3 shelves.

And the cut offs became another shelf!

The 1st pair of corbels were used to create an Over Mantle Shelf.

I backed it with 3 of the many fleur-de-lis tins I bought in a flea market.

the 1st pair of corbels--

The Over Mantle Shelf sold so quick & easy at Nellie’s Barn Sale 2016,

I decided to make a 2nd shelf for the 2017 show too.

6 ReStore corbels used for 3 shelves

There’s a place I go by with regularity that tosses out some out-of-the-ordinary pallets—I now stalk them!  The 3rd shelf was made from the boards of one their pallets.  I liked the mixed woods and only sanded and clear-coated.  You can see I ripped trim pieces on the table saw for extra detail.  It too, was a quick sale!

6 ReStore corbels used for 3 shelves

I now had 6 corbel cut offs, which got me thinking. . .

how about stretching them out for a  L O N G  plate rail?

* The long boards were also pallets from that place!

a 5ft long plate rail with the cut offs

5ft long, with a routed groove to catch the standing plates.

a 5ft long plate rail

That shelf above the plate rail was made from salvaged parts of a vintage sewing machine cabinet.  I made 2 like that!

salvaged sewing machine shelves

I only had the decorative door for the one below.

I made the sides and used part of a drawer face for the top.

salvaged sewing machine shelves

I like making shelves, they’re so easy!

And speaking of corbels and pallets

I know most of you only look at and use the top pallet boards, but look again at the thick “foot” boards.  They’re usually 2″ to 3″ thick— and thick wood is expensive to buy.

I bought this amazing and adorable pair of corbels in a church flea market.  I’ve been hoarding them because, well— they’re too cute to give up!    And then I noticed they were roughly the same size as the pallet FEET,

so look what I did!

It was not easy pulling the nails, but once clear, I traced out the shape of the corbels and cut them at the band saw.  I got all of these from 1 pallet foot! 

Wouldn’t they be awesome under a plate rail/chair rail in a room?

THICK pallet "feet"

corbels in a chair rail/plate rail

And one last PALLET FOOT project–

I played with the spacing of my last 5 votive candles, then cut the pallet FOOT board to length.  I drilled the holes with a 1½” mortising bit at the drill press.  Sanded smooth, then Lyme-waxed.  I LUV IT!

Catherine

I told you I was busy working!

made from the FOOT board under a pallet

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While I drink my wine and finish the chair-seat slip covers,

that you can’t see yet—

-you can't see it yet!

–thought I’d reach backward to share 1 of last summer’s projects!

 

My bff was on the verge of tossing out 3 great desk drawers.

“Uh~can I have them?” 

–2 of the side desk drawers and the center pencil drawer.

I had an idea!

*You’ll have to  -visualize here-  because if I took pics I can’t find them.

a “scrap” wall cabinetI grabbed some of my rafter tails (examples below) found in a flea market long ago and some pine boards.  With one of the boards laying flat, I layered the rafter tails and propped the drawers (on their sides) to play with a CABINET SHAPE.  When I had something I liked I traced their shapes to cut with a jigsaw.

I cut the 2 drawers down in depth to something really shallow.  (I think it was 9″)

The drawers dictated width–and I cut the varying “RAILS” that supported the top, and each drawer section accordingly.  AND their bowed shape.

I dug through my stash of varying dowel sizes and cut a thicker one to width, then picked through my crown/cove moldings for an appropriate design.

The cabinet is a very simple design, with scalloped sides developed and cut from the shape of those rafter tails!

Go HERE to see how I used some of those rafter tails in a window casing project!

examples of Rafter Tails
a “scrap” wall cabinet

♦  You can see how I capitalized on the scallop of the rafter tail design, and the partial repeat at the bottom!

♦  Rails are typically just the horizontal part of a face frame, but mine are solid pieces–almost like a shelf–to better support the 2 sides and each drawer section.

♦  The lower RAILS both divide the drawer sections and support the drawers when opened.  One RAIL becomes the “top” in the upper open section.  I also cut another board for a top, or cap, and extra nailer for the cove molding -that I ultimately chose.

♦  I cut a solid piece of ½” thick wood for the entire back, but routered “V” grooves in it to give THE LOOK of wide plank tongue & groove bead board.  The thicker wood let me cut holes and apply/counter-sink wood pegs with more stability.

a “scrap” wall cabinet

a “scrap” wall cabinet

a “scrap” wall cabinet

Building

from SCRAPS!

It went very fast at the first of the two markets I sold in last fall!

Sorry for the grainy picture—apparently I didn’t even take an End of Project picture either.  Tough summer!

It obviously hangs on the wall, and if memory serves, I think it finished in at

14″wide  ×  36″long.

Catherine

 

 

*I’ve been toying with making another–but maybe 4ft long- to hold cook books!
Or bath towels!    idk~
What do you think?

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Before Christmas I spent a gOOd bit of time cutting out STARS.

No joke-

a LOT of them.

I wanted them for holiday decorating, for REsale, and for an afternoon of play with some young nieces!  (pictured are 3 of said characters!)

a few of my (silly) girlies!

oh my STARS!

oh my STARS!

oh my STARS!I dug through my wood stashes~and found a good variety to play with!

I’d already drawn out a bunch of star shapes till I was happy with one, then printed it out on heavy card-stock paper in different sizes—to create a pattern.

I cut out my stars on a band saw.  I want one SO badly, but can’t afford one yet.  The strippers are pretty kind to let me use theirs—I bring FOOD BRIBES!

I sanded the edges of all then– Painted some, Decoupaged others on one side, and just left some RAW.   Drilled holes at the drill press for jute string to hang them.

Had a lot of fun cutting out those thick “PUFFY” stars—which I’m keeping!

Catherine

oh my STARS!

oh my STARS!

oh my STARS!

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Penny-pinching.  Tight.  Cheap.

Hoarder.

Thrifty.  Frugal.  Economical.

Sparing.  Careful.  Prudent.  Efficient.

k a y—a pinch of Parsimonious.  Yes, I’m a bit of all of the above.

Call me thrifty!

I cut a LOT of wood.  And I’m not very fast to toss the scraps into the garbage OR burn pile.  You just NEVER know when you’ll NEED some small scrap.  For a test cut, a spacer, all kinds of—things.  And then there’s always that UNexpected—Project.

Call it a WooD CraFT project!

Like-

MY version of the DIY Workshop Home Depot challenge~ CHRISTMAS TREE SHELF!

-made from SCRAPs!

AND-

STARS!

All kinds of STARS for Christmas!

From all kinds of scrap wood AND some leather-clad wood!

AND-

barn-styled, farm-styled coat racks

a variety of TRAYS, BOXES, and PICTURE FRAMES
Do you SEE why I don’t toss wood scraps so capriciously?

I picked up a CRAZY CHECK today for—
a variety of my stars, the Christmas Tree shelf, a scrap wood box, and the bottom rustic coat hanger-shelf!  Woot-woot!

From the TRASH to Paid TREASURES!

Catherine

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DIY Home Depot workshop~ CHRISTMAS TREE SHELF!

About a month ago,

my good friend Gail wrote a post on her blog

My RePurposed Life

sharing HER version of the DIY Workshop Home Depot challenge going around~

the Holiday tree shelf!

I thought it was such a cute idea and I wanted to play too!

Especially after she shared several versions by fellow bloggers—all SO adorable!  Aren’t they fun!?!

Gail's DIY Home Depot workshop~ CHRISTMAS TREE SHELF!

First Gail’s

and then some fellow blogger’s creative versions!
See!  Adorable, right?!

Now go check out the great tutorial she wrote so

you can create YOURS too!

DIY Home Depot workshop~ CHRISTMAS TREE SHELF!

And now here’s MY version!

MY version of the DIY Workshop Home Depot challenge~ CHRISTMAS TREE SHELF!

I used scrap cuts from varying projects–which dictated its size.  And you can see I was still playing with the end of my stamped pallet board supply!

I also decided to miter all the joints of mine for a tight, rigid fit AND cut very crude, wonky ends on the “branches!”

Wouldn’t it be even more fun to use live edge boards for the “branches?!?”

What a FuN and simple project!

Thanks for sharing Gail!

Catherine

MY version of the DIY Workshop Home Depot challenge~ CHRISTMAS TREE SHELF!

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Keep Calm.....or whatever....It’s easy to be

over-taken &

over-loaded

BY LIFE, in general.

And YES, I needed a blog-break.  But dang, I’ve just been outright neglectful, and even I’M surprised.  Well, a New Year is nipping at our heals…full of

Fresh Starts and a REfocus of Priorities and

I’m back!

Promise!

If you follow me on Instagram

you’ve seen a few things along the way, otherwise~

let me get REstarted with this quickie!

One of the best things about being a “Construction-Girl” is that when you NEED something ~you can generally just go build it!

I realized I needed a VERY LARGE TRAY to cover my tufted ottoman during our Christmas gathering.  There’s always a minimum of 17 adults and 15 big-to-little kids.  So there’s a LOT of nibbles, goodies, and dinner food to make room for!

-getting things readied for a HUGE gathering!

-getting things readied for a HUGE gathering!

I’ll use the over-sized tray for nibbles, a 5ft sofa table will become the dessert bar, and the whole kitchenette becomes a buffet-styled dinner!  PLUS, a hot chocolate bar for the kiddos, coffee bar for the sleep-deprived adults, and/OR Christmas Spirits bar~where you’ll find me by the time I’ve finished all the work it takes to get this party ready!

-getting things readied for a HUGE gathering!This picture~  trying out service pieces for the What-Why-How!

The tufted ottoman is 41″ in diameter, the new over-sized tray is 37″!

Now~how I did it!

•I happened to have a former table top (Craigslist-find that was gutted for parts!) that was 31″ & also an octagon!

•I ripped a long pine board to 3″w, cut 8 generous sides,

•ran them through the router to create    1-a rabbet & 2-a finished beveled edge.

•Cut/mitered each side on a 22.5° angle, and glued & nailed each piece to the 8 sides.  The rabbet gave a stronger connection and the bevel gave a finished edge!

•Finished the wood to look as much like the ottoman as possible (different woods) and added over-sized lion head drawer pulls.

A N D, things are getting finished in the lower-level!

*aka~basement

Catherine

this scrap cut shows you the RABBET & BEVEL

*you can see the Herringbone pattern through the paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

with the new sides extending the diameter~

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I’m sure I’m not the only one

who has seen and glossed right over these commonly-found wood lamps in the thrift stores.  Don’t know WHY, but, this time I actually LOOKED at this pair—

with a different eye. . . . ?

Uuuuuugly wood thrift store lamps!

Uuuuuugly wood thrift store lamps!











Something spoke to me.  Their shapes perhaps?

What if I cut them up and give them NEW shapes and a NEW use?
Candlesticks come to mind.  Hmmmmm. . . .

alternative CANDLE STICKS

The cut pieces became puzzle pieces. . .

and 3 candlesticks!

I did run them through the router with a dado bit to counter sink the area for the candle to be seated more securely.  I also decided against -just painting- in favor of a raw wood.  I tried sanding them but bailed pretty quickly for stripping.

Much better!

the finish~ sanding vs stripping

UGLY old thrift store lamps REbuilt

alternative CANDLESTICKS
Now I’m playing with (cutting up) varying table legs, bed posts, and vintage porch spindles!  Some will be painted- and some left completely alone!

Catherine

alternative CANDLESTICKS
alternative CANDLESTICKSalternative CANDLESTICKS

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