Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A new addition to our family


 T E G S   C i s c o  K i d 

born Sept. 6, 2011

Littlest cowboy in the North!

With much thanks to Gerry and Tammy at TEGS Chihuahuas for trusting us with Cisco.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Personalized Couples Ornament

I made Rebecca a Christmas ornament to match the signs I made for their wedding two months ago.

The font is the same as the large signs, as well as the style.  First I found an ornament shape I liked by searching online.  I printed it out the appropriate size and then cut it out of pine.  I painted a coat of brown paint and then after the paint was dry I put on a thick coat of crackle medium. The next step was to paint with white over the dried crackle medium.  Then I painted the couples names and wedding date.  I drilled a hole in the top and tied on a bow with a black ribbon that also is a hanger.

Personalized gifts are always appreciated!

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Funky Junk Interiors
Sew Woodsy
Dittle Dattle
Coastal Charm
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Faded Charm Cottage
The Shabby Chic Cottage

Monday, December 5, 2011

Making a Condiment Tote from Scratch - part 4

(This is part 4, you can see part 1 here, part 2 here and part 3 here)

Now that we have the size of the handle piece, the actual handle has to be cut out of it.
For now I keep the piece as a rectangle, and will do the angled sides after the handle is cut out.

I'm using my router and a template guide to remove the area for the handle.  First I need to make a template out of hardboard that is 11/32" larger than the actual size of the oval hole that I want.  I determined a hole 3 1/2" long and 1 1/8" wide for the handle would be good for the template size. The router's guide then runs around the edge of the template to remove the inside.

The template is clamped on top of the pine handle piece which is sitting on a scrap waste board.  This way you don't cut through into your table top!

When you have a few to do, a template is the way to go.

Then I had to cut the angled sides for the handle piece.  First I drew them directly on the pieces.

Then I thought I would cut the angled edge using my table saw's taper jig. It holds the pine piece at any set angle as you push it through the blade.

It worked fine for one side of the handle piece, but I'm not as smart as I think I am because there was no way to use the taper jig to do the other side after the first side was cut away. I had to rethink the process and ended up using my compound mitre saw for the angle on the second side.

All of the handle holes were rounded off on the router table with a round over bit, this makes a nice feel to the handle.

I also rounded off the outside of the handle piece, just to the point where it would fit into the box.  (The whole box was also rounded off, all the edges inside and out.)

The handle pieces were then stained and clear coated and fit inside the boxes and nailed in place.  The restaurant I'm making these for has a foot print of a boot as their logo, so I painted one on each condiment holder.

I kept track of my time and it took me 14 hours from starting with the rough wood, until I had my four finished pieces. 

Now... what would YOU charge for them knowing the labour time was 14 hours and you used pine, stain, clear coat and all your tools and your shop?

Other totes I've made are here 


and here 

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