Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Making a Side Table my Own Way - Part 3 - Clock Table

Please check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this series to see how I designed and made this table.

After the table was stained, I first put vaseline in spots on the table base and legs as I describe in this post.
Then I painted with white paint on top, in a bit of a rough way, not being concerned about covering every bit of wood.  The vaseline stops the paint from getting through to the wood.  Once the paint is dry, I just rub away the vaseline and the stain shows in those parts.

Here is the underside of the table with the Z clips that I often use.  These clips are essential to allow for wood movement in the top (the clock part).  I wrote more about that here.

Here's another view of the finished clock table:

Now, you didn't think I'd only make just one triangular base did you?  I made another quite different table with the same base, I'll post about it soon.

For this project:

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Making a Side Table my Own Way - Part 2

You can read part 1 in my previous post here

I'm trying to make a triangular table base with 3 legs and a circular top.

Okay, to make the base, I cut the apron pieces out of pine at 60 degrees:

The ends are such that one end overlaps the one beside it, which I'm really not sure how to explain other than that and each end is different, with one going past the adjacent piece.  Perhaps the photo will show it:

In order to have the legs show their "rolls"
 I will cut a groove in each apron piece at a point which will allow the leg to show itself below the apron. So the groove already in the top of the leg will line up with the bottom of the apron.

Inside the groove will sit triangular pieces of plywood that the legs will be screwed into:

This is the bottom of the apron, so, each leg will sit on the triangle and that allows more of the leg to show than if it sat directly on the bottom of the table top.

I'm hoping this hasn't caused some of you to stop reading, this is unconventional but please stick with me!

Here's the apron upright, you can also see the grooves put in to hold the Z clips that I use to attach the table top:

Everything was glued together, not so easy to do, because of the angles, but the plywood triangles were a tight fit and they helped hold things together. I also used a few finishing nails at each vertex.

The legs were then screwed in to the plywood triangles and I put a quick coat of stain (using my steel wool and vinegar mix as I did here) over the whole base:

I'll show the finished table in my next post!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Making a Side Table my Own Way - Part 1

Many years ago I went to an auction and bought some 14" tall wooden legs.  I think I have 14 of them, which is an odd number, but anyway, this is what they look like:

Now, the problem with these legs is that they are round at the top, not square. Most legs have a square section at the top to which one could attach flat boards to be the apron, or skirt.  So, for me to make a side table I cannot just nail or screw these legs to a flat apron.  PLUS, the fancy rolls at the top would get covered by a traditional apron because they are so near to the top.

Q:  How to put four round pegs in a square hole?

A:  Who says it has to be square?

I decided to make the table a three legged table with a triangular apron.  Let's add more geometric shapes to the mix, eh?

Now, on top of all that confusion, I had this 20" clock sign that I made and had always wanted to be a table top...

So, if you are still with me, I'm going to have a round table top on a triangular base with 3 legs!

Here's what I planned out:

Still, the problem exists of how to attach the legs to the side aprons and also how to allow the top two "rolls" part of the leg to show?

How WILL she do it?

Stay tuned for part 2, hopefully tomorrow if I don't get side-tracked...

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ship Lap Siding Signs

I don't know how you other bloggers find the time to create as well as blog.  I'm in my workshop most of the day and when I'm not I'm either taking care of the dogs, working in the garden, or preparing meals.

I have made more than 10 different things in the last two weeks and haven't found time to post them! I hope to get caught up soon after my big weekend shows.

Here's a quick few things I've made using Ship Lap Siding.  My husband built a garage at his previous home and we lap sided the whole thing.  I kept the extra boards, which make great signs!

I leave the larger lap part at the top of the sign, sometimes cutting off the bottom smaller lap.  My lap siding pieces are rough on the top side, which allows for a great result when dry brushing over it.

Here's how it looks from the side:

All my signs are designed on the computer using different fonts and laying out the sizes, I then use carbon paper to transfer the design to the wood. I show that in a previous post HERE

When I go to the Farmers' Market I usually have more orders for personalized signs, than sales of current signs.  I take a real assortment of types of signs, from framed to flat, to circular.  This way buyers can get ideas from what I have and select a style and font from there.  Usually I email the buyer with other font styles if they can't decide and we hone in on something they like.

This sign was made after a nice couple, Adrian and Pearl Whyte, saw my "Bakery" sign above and liked the style of it.  They also wanted a convertible car on the sign and left the rest to me.

Here's what I came up with:

They were pleased with their sign.

I've also made and sold some Beach signs with an arrow in the large lap area:

Okay.. back to the workshop!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Garden Signs

I have been extremely busy with family events, a few days out of town, home renovations, working on orders and attending the local Farmers' Market!

Last year I made a sign with a watering can on it, so I thought I'd make a cut out watering can this time.

I found the shape on line as clip art and blew it up to a size I could cut out and make a sign out of.

I used my jigsaw to cut the shape out of plywood and then stained it and used the vaseline technique which stops the top coat of paint from adhering wherever you put the vaseline.

I top-coated with white paint and then hand painted "Garden" as well as an arrow in black.  At the bottom I used Mod Podge to decoupage on a pretty rose from The Graphics Fairy.

This watering can is 15 3/4" wide x 11 3/4" high and available at my For Sale page

This is the sign I made last year and sold a few weeks ago at the Farmers' Market:

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