Saturday, September 6, 2014

Happy Birthday and a small painting

My lovely little Chihuahua "Cisco" is three years old today!

This is a small painting I made last year on wood, from a photograph. It's 9" x 9" and painted with craft paints on pine.


Actually now, Cisco has more white around his eyes, his colouring has changed quite a bit as he aged.  Here he is today, Happy Birthday Cisco!





Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How to Make "EAT" Letters From Pallet Wood


There are "EAT" letters all over the internet, in blogs and for sale at decor sites.  I decided to use some pallet wood to make my own... very easy to do!

I had rough pallet wood that was 2 7/8" wide that I felt would be a good width for letters. To determine what size my letters would be I simply laid down three of the pieces horizontally with some space between.  This helped me to see that with the slats being 2 7/8" wide, the "E" should be 10 1/2" high.  I then laid another piece vertically beside the horizontal pieces and figured out what width the "E" should be to look correct. The "E" is 8 1/2" wide:


Of course all letters need to be the same height, but not necessarily the same width.  Because the "A" has it's sides on an angle, the "A" (as in most fonts) will be wider than the "E".  I set up some scrap slats to get a height of 10 1/2" to match the "E" and came up with a visually pleasing width of 11" wide for the "A":


The "T" follows easily, also the same 10 1/2" high, it looked best to me at 8 3/4" wide:


I cut some thin MDF with my jigsaw, for backing for each letter. I made it about 1/2" smaller all around each letter and then glued and pin nailed from the back:

I painted the letters edges only with white and then the fronts with turquoise.  I sanded over each letter to give a distressed look.



Very easy to make, only a few cuts and you could make any letters this way! A child's name? Something for Christmas or a wedding... anything!




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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Routering An Edge on a Sign plus Using Part of a Stencil

Well, it's been a while since I've posted.  We are STILL waiting for our house to sell, quite a few showings but not any offers.  I feel so ... stuck.  Also I am going crazy with not making things in the shop.  I have enough to move that I don't really want more but, as you creative people know, there is a constant need to make something!

So, I will show some older signs and things and maybe work on something new just to get myself out of this rut.

Most of my signs have just plain 90 degree square edges, but sometimes I change it up with a router.  I LOVE my routers (I have three) and all the different bits that can make unlimited changes to a piece of wood.

The round over bit can be used in a few ways, depending on how much of the bit you use:

If you just want to round the top or bottom edge of your work, you set the bit so that only the curved part of the bit hits the wood.  (Round over bits come in different sizes for different thicknesses of wood)
You will get a rounded edge like this:


If you want top and bottom rounded you pass the router over both sides of your wood and get this:

However, if you want a small vertical edge along with the rounded edge you allow the vertical cutter on the bit to also hit the wood and you get this:

This is what I did with my "Welcome" sign.  I used the round over bit in my router, with the router hanging in the router table and the sign face down on the table.

I don't do this in one pass, I usually make about four passes, starting with the bit lower in the table and just taking a small amount of wood off the four edges of the sign.  Then I raise the bit and take more wood off.  This is easier on the wood and the router and safer for the operator.

Here you can see the sign is face down (already painted, sorry I forgot to take a photo while I was routering):

You end up with a nice edging around your sign:

I first stained this wood with my steel wool and vinegar concoction and then painted over that with turquoise paint.  I sanded some of the paint off to distress the sign, then I used white paint on just a part of my "Paris Flea Market" stencil on each end of the sign.  Many stencils can be used in pieces to create different looks.  This one from Mudaritaville in full is quite different:

I hand painted "Welcome" in white with a grey edging:

This sign is 23" long x 5 1/2" wide.

Hope I've given some of you some ideas for your own creations!


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Friday, June 20, 2014

My Fabulous Workshop (that I'm leaving!)

I've written a bit about the building of my workshop, but really haven't shown any inside photos.

My husband and I built a 40' x 40' garage for both of us. The whole building has in-floor heat which is wonderful to work in, especially in Northern Ontario winters. The cement floor keeps the building cool in the summer as well, which is a bonus.

My side of the building is half at 20' wide x 40' deep and was designed by me as a woodworking workshop. My workshop is the right hand side of this photo:

Because of the type of woodworking I do, and the way I work, the positioning of the tools was done in an efficient way for me to work.  

Doorway 2 is the middle door from the garage side of the building. I buy rough wood and bring it in through this doorway and to the left on to the lumber rack.  When I am going to make something I take the wood first to the mitre saw, then to the jointer, the planer and the tablesaw.  This keeps me working in a counter-clockwise manner through the shop.  It works for me!

 Doorway 1 is the door to the front finishing room.  I do most of my painting in there as well as designing and sometimes gluing.  I keep my woodworking books in the front room as well as small hand tools. This is my front room:




And this is the larger workshop room:





As I've previously posted, my house and workshop is for sale.  I really don't think I'll ever have anything this wonderful... it's a dream workshop.

I will be sharing my work space at this blog party, you can see other bloggers creative spaces here:
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Thursday, May 29, 2014

A Big Change















A big change has started here for us.  My husband and I have decided to move and start a new life in a different place.

Eric is in a very stressful job and has already suffered a heart attack a few years ago at the young age of 54. Last fall he was transferred to working out of an office 5 hours away from here.  That meant leaving Sunday or Monday and returning Friday or Saturday.  He basically was only home on the weekends. A few months ago he handed in his resignation.  Today is his last day at work.

Our house is for sale, including, of course, my beautiful workshop.  It will be difficult to leave, since we made it for me, to my specifications and it is a dream workshop. (I will do a post on the interior soon, which I really haven't shown)

 But it's time for a change.

Tomorrow we leave for a trip to Prince Edward Island to look at houses and properties there. We are hoping for a quieter lifestyle. Eric will look for a job that will have less stress. I will continue my woodworking in some form.

No, we don't come from PEI, nor have any relatives or friends there. My 20 year old daughter will move with us. My sons are at university in different cities in Ontario.

Last year we went to Prince Edward Island and loved it. These are two photos I took:
















I will write about my adventures, new place (we have to get ours sold first), and renovations we take on.

following my heart...



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

My Adirondack Chair

Holy crap... a whole month has gone by since my "Outhouse Signs" post. (Pun intended)

This is a post about something I started and never finished until recently.  I am prone to do that.

Over FOUR years ago I made my husband an Adirondack chair with his favourite hockey team emblem painted on it.  He likes the Montreal Canadiens.

I blogged about his chair and how I made it, in December 2009.


Now, the plan was that the second chair I was making at the same time, was for myself and would have the Toronto Maple Leafs logo on it.  I have been a Leaf fan since I was a teenager... and they still haven't won a Stanley Cup!

My thought was, that I would paint my chair white with the blue logo on it. Since the team is so lousy, I had second thoughts and figured my chair would look nice sitting outside my shop with some flowers painted on it instead.  My husband disagreed and insisted I go with the Leaf logo.  Being the good wife that I am, I painted the Toronto Maple Leafs team logo on my chair.


 Here's both our chairs, sitting outside my workshop:


















Monday, April 28, 2014

Outhouse Signs

I often get orders from appearing at local Craft Sales or Farmers' Markets.  People see my work and like it, but want their own wording, colours and fonts.  That is okay with me (except I'd like to reduce some of my stock!).

This order came from someone who needed two signs on the outhouses at the local Cross Country Ski Club. These are made from pallet wood and distressed to look old.




The font is large and clear, black on white, to show up from a distance.  I went to find them the other day and here they are on the cute little red outhouses!










I enjoy making the signs, but even more to be able to see the results.