I was contacted by someone locally who had a window that she wanted made in to a coffee table. Could I do that? Of course!
The window was brought in and I worked directly from it for measurements. The customer wanted it made out of pine and the height to be about 18" with the window on top.
The four legs are just over 1 1/2" square and I used my router to make mortises on the top for the aprons to fit into.
The side and end aprons have the corresponding tenons on the end, which I did with my table saw:
Every piece is sanded smooth before assembly.
I glue the tenons in to the mortise in pairs, so I have two ends that look like this one:
Then I glue in the side two aprons and the two lower rail pieces that will hold the bottom shelf:
The pieces that make up the shelf are screwed into the bottom rail and I added two figure 8 connectors on opposite sides (they are screwed to the top of the apron from above and then screwed into the window from below):
My customer wanted to paint the table herself, so it is left as unpainted pine.The window then sits on top:
Now that the weather is nicer I have improved the area at the front of my shop.
I bought an old bicycle which I spray painted red, and painted everything, the seat, the tires, the basket, everything!
Then I used old pallet wood to make a flower box to fit in the basket.
I also have a new number sign under the light by the door.
And I needed a two-sided sign for outside, so I made one and attached it to a post that sits off the edge of the deck that runs across the front of the shop.
This is a wood spinner, or whirlygig that I hang off my sign to attract the attention of passersby!
I'm not sure if any of you noticed, but the wood screen door that I repaired and blogged about before here is not in any of the photos. That's because it blew open a few weeks ago and broke. Now I need to fix it again!
I live in O'Leary which is the potato capital of Prince Edward Island. It is home to the Canadian Potato Museum which has many displays and information about potato farming, a potato restaurant, and also has a giant potato outside.
Last fall at the potato museum, I bought two burlap potato sacks and used them this week to make two different framed pieces.
The first one uses some of the barn board that I used for a couple signs and blogged about here. I cut some boards to about 4" wide and made a rabbet in the back to hold the mdf board which the burlap is wrapped around. The corners are mitred and the board really has a lot of texture to it as you can see in the close-up photo.
This wall décor is quite large at 23" wide x 32" tall.
I've been very busy in my shop and haven't had time for blogging. It's hard to believe it's the end of May already. The tourists have not arrived yet, but I am still making things I hope they will like.
This is a very large reverse cut-out (is that a term?) of our island. If you've been to Prince Edward Island you will probably know that it is a crescent shape which is used on many products and advertising.
I used 1" x 4" boards from the lumber store, glued together, cut out with a jigsaw and stained and distressed.
This PEI wall hanging is 36" wide x 16" high. Here's a close-up:
I bought a stack of about island barn board that is about 100 years old, last fall. The person I bought it from had taken it off an old barn nearby. Some of it is 12" wide and many pieces still have nails in them.
Here's a sign I recently made and sold with a piece of that wood, it's about 23" x 9"
I made another one yesterday with the same wording and font, but of course every piece of wood is different, and this one is a big larger.
On another note, I received a lovely gift of flowers from my mother-in-law, congratulating me on the opening of my shop. It was a nice surprise... thanks Thelma!