Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Even more signs

I have been busy working on more sign styles for an upcoming craft show:
Monogram "R" with flourishes around

18" diameter circle
made with pallet wood
painted black on white and distressed

Wine Cellar 
with carved groove around edge
21 1/4" diameter circle
made with pallet wood


12" x 9" 
painted black on white and distressed

21 1/4" x 4"
made with pallet wood
painted black on white and distressed

I explained how I do my signs in a previous post, you can read it here

I'm going to parties at the following blogs:
Today's Creative Blog
It's So Very Cheri
Blue Cricket Design
The Shabby Chic Cottage
Funky Junk Interiors
Under The Table and Dreaming
My Repurposed Life

Everything I make is for sale, so if you see something you like, please contact me.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Log Coffee Table from Maple with Floating Barn Board Top

I finally decided to use some maple logs that I had kept from when we cleared space in our wooded area for our garage/workshop.

I read books by both Doug Stowe and Daniel Mack about working with logs and bought a tenon cutter from Lee Valley. (A tenon cutter is like a huge pencil sharpener that is driven by a drill.) I found some old 1” thick barn board, complete with bug holes, for the top.

The legs are from logs that are a diameter of 2 1/4” – 2 1/2” and cut at 15” long. I used two horizontal rungs between the side legs. Mine are about 1 3/4” – 1 1/2” diameter and 14” long including the tenons.

Joining the two sets of legs and between the rungs is a 1” diameter cross piece of 27 1/2”.
I’m not sure what to call the pieces but I think it will be obvious from the photos as to what I am referring to.

There are then two short 1” diameter pieces that go vertically from the top rungs and will hold the top in a floating manner.
Here’s another view:

A hole is cut right through the top to receive the tenons of the small pieces. My top is old barn board (three pieces glued together) with a partial live edge.

I used about 4 coats of tung oil over the whole table, which for some reason is hard to take a good photo of!

Showing this at the following parties:

Blue Cricket Design
The Shabby Chic Cottage
Mustard Seed Creations
Funky Junk Interiors
Sawdust and Paper Scraps

Everything I make is for sale, so if you see something you like, please contact me.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Framing tiles

 I'm trying to find time to make some barnwood frames, but since one of my favorite blogs, Funky Junk Interiors is putting a call out for frames I am blogging about two older ones I've made. 

For the first one, I had bought 4 Currier and Ives tiles on ebay that match the blue and white china I love.  I decided to frame the tiles with the same wood (knotty pine) that I used for my kitchen cupboard doors and drawers.  It hangs on the wall in the kitchen.

The frame is about 1 1/2" wide and 3/4" thick and the inner edge is routered the same as the kitchen doors.

The corners are mitred and then they are put in a (homemade) spline jig on the tablesaw to cut the slots that hold glued in 1/8" thick hardwood splines. The frame sits upright in the jig so that the saw cuts a blade's width out of the corner.

Here's one online that's similar to mine from Sawdust Making 101

This is how the corners look when finished:

I used hardboard on the back to set the tiles on and a sawtooth hanger for hanging.

The frame is sized to leave enough around all the edges for grout, it turned out to be about 21" x 7 1/2".

The second set of framed tiles are made into a square trivet.  These tiles match my kitchen backsplash.  This is used on my table, but I really need a bigger one because it doesn't hold too much even though it is 12" x 12" square. 

The 1 5/8" wide mitred frame slants down from the tiles to the outer edge so that the hot dishes sit just on the tiles.

A piece of hardboard sits recessed from the bottom, and the tiles are glued and grouted onto that.  Small rubber feet keep the whole thing elevated off the table a bit.

Linking to parties at the following blogs:

Funky Junk Interiors 
Blue Cricket Design
The Shabby Chic Cottage
Under the Table and Dreaming
Cottage Instincts

Everything I make is for sale, so if you see something you like, please contact me. I enjoy doing custom orders, so if you have some tiles you need framing, let me know!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Signs, signs, and more signs!

I have been busy making signs.  I make my own frames from old pallets and the middle panel from scrap plywood left over from building my workshop. The signs are all constructed, designed and hand painted by myself.

The frames are made from boards that are first ripped in half lengthwise and then a groove is cut down the full length to receive the thickness of the plywood.
These will be the top and bottom rails.  

The side stiles are made with a tenon cut to fit into the groove of the rails. 
This photo is taken with the pieces standing up to show the grooves and tenons:

When the sign is glued together, the pieces lay flat:

Here's a longer sign than the one above to show how I transfer the lettering to the sign.
I find a font that I like on my computer and blow it up to the appropriate size for the board I'm using.
The letters are printed out and then taped together if necessary.

Underneath I put a sheet of carbon transfer paper as you see here:

Sometimes the paper needs to be taped to the sign so that it doesn't move.
Then I trace around the edges with a pencil:

 Here you can see the beginning of the letter "F":

And here are all of the letters transferred to the board:

Then you paint between the lines using a brush size that will fit the letter size:

Here is the painted sign on plain boards without any finish on them:

Here is the same sign with an amber shellac over it:
That Fresh Eggs sign is 23 1/2" long  x 9"wide x 7/8" thick.

This ANTIQUES sign is 30 1/2" long x 9" x 7/8":

Here are a few more styles:

This Cafe sign was first stained with the steel wool and vinegar mix that I use on barn board edges and I explained here in another blog posting.
 It has a really nice old look to it, that the photo doesn't completely capture:

I also do personalized signs.  This one I made for my friend with the last name Taylor, who was married in 1980:

And here is one I made for myself:

Linking to parties at the following great blogs:

Everything I make is for sale, so if you see something you like, please contact me.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Tool Tote from old Barn boards

Here's a tool tote that I made out of old used 1" thick barn wood.

You can make them any size, I went by the size of the wood plank I had which was about 6" wide and ripped it in half (cut the piece down the middle) and then into 16" long pieces for the sides and 8" for the ends. 

I put my bottom piece inside the "box" made by the sides and ends.  Therefore I wanted something thinner than 1" so I put a barn board in my planer to thin it down to 5/8" thick. Since my piece wasn't wide enough I glued three pieces together to make the width for the bottom, which was about 8" x 14"  (you could use a piece of plywood for this step).

The handle is then cut out of another piece to the length that will fit between the ends as you see here. Of course the handle piece needs to be wider so that it sticks up higher than the sides, mine was the width of the original board about 6" (it sits on top of the bottom piece) and was 14" long because the ends are 1" thick and the sides are 16". 

My sides are 2 1/4" high inside the box so the handle piece is slanted down to the height of the sides using a jigsaw.   The handle cutout is made by using a 1 1/4" hole cutting drill bit, as I did here but you could also make a hole with your drill and then use a jigsaw to cut the handle shape about 4" long.

I also used thinner pieces for the two inner dividers, since 1" thick takes up a lot of the interior of the tote. The bottom of the handle is notched out to accept the width of the divider pieces and half their depth.  The divider pieces are notched at the top, the width of the handle and half their own depth.  This way they link together, as you can see by the photo.

This is not fine woodworking, it's supposed to look old, weathered and used so I just nailed the sides to the ends and the sides to the dividers.  I also nailed the handle piece to the ends and nailed the bottom up through the handle piece and the dividers.

When you cut the old boards you will get fresh looking lighter coloured ends of wood.  To make this look as old as the rest of the wood, soak a fine steel wool pad overnight in about 1/2 cup of vinegar (leave the top off the container). The next day add a bit of water, maybe 1/4 cup in the container, and test it by wiping or brushing on a scrap piece of wood.  Leave it to dry for at least a couple hours to see the colour it will make the wood as it does darken over time.  If too dark, add a bit more water and try again on scrap until you get the look you want. You can get quite realistic old looking wood by doing this.

I'm not sure if I want to put some letters on the side of the tote?

I'm linking to the great parties at:
Funky Junk Interiors
The Shabby Chic Cottage
Blue Cricket Design
Making the World Cuter
Sumo's Sweet Stuff 
 and Cottage Instincts

Everything I make is for sale, so if you see something you like, please contact me.