Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Shop Counter

I have been working for the last couple of days on a counter for my retail shop. Because I don't have much square footage in that room I wanted a counter that was not too large.  I read an article a few years ago about selling at craft shows, which said that when you have customers it is best not to sit nor display your crafts at a regular table height. I found this to be true, because customers are usually standing, and if you are sitting on a chair, they are looking down on you.  So... my counter would be made at a height that I could use while seated on a bar stool.

I decided to use 1" x 4" wood and paint the wood different colours and then distress them.  This is how I make a lot of my products, with the distressed look.

Since I am on an island, I chose beach type colours... white, two shades of turquoise and two shades of blue.

I laid out the pieces of wood to see how many I would need side-by-side to make the front of my counter and figured that ten pieces would be best.  That ends up being about 36" wide.  I used only four pieces for the sides and it is U-shaped.

Horizontally, on the top and bottom of the painted pieces I used some worn looking 1" x  6" pieces of wood that were "hanging around!"

Here's a side section, the painted boards are pin nailed to the horizontal ones:

The top was made with four pieces of the same 1" x 6" boards, which kind of look like barn board, they are a nice grey-brown.  The top overhangs the front and sides by about 1 1/4".

Step right up, I'd be happy to serve you!

Darn... now I have to find a stool, I'm not sure I want to make one, but who knows?

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Island Related Wall Décor

I spend a lot of time (still) trying to ready my shop to open. Including days just stripping a hand rail that was painted white. It leads upstairs to where I have three bedrooms that are currently being used for storage and need a good painting. I've painted the sides of the stairway walls and some of the upstairs hallway. They were all in poor condition, yellowed from smoke, and needed a good covering primer before I painted them.

This is a "before" photo, I haven't taken an "after."

Because of this time consuming and uncreative work, I need to stop every now and then and make something to sell in the shop. If you are creative, you will know what I mean!

Because my store will be in an area that gets tourists from late May until late September, (and that's being optimistic)  I need to have some tourist type products that relate to the beautiful island I live on.

So, I've been working on mermaids, lobsters, anchors, boats, lighthouse, cottage and beach themed items. I'll just show one today, because although I have photos, I really haven't much time these days for blogging, so they aren't organized yet.

I got this idea from seeing something similar but larger, on a couple blogs and thought I'd try it.

I cut three 15 1/2" long pieces out of a 1" x 4" board and painted one piece light blue, one darker blue and one beige/brown. As you can see, I didn't paint a solid colour, rather some variations and purposely visible brush strokes:

Then I sanded each piece:

And then put a liquid stain over top and wiped off most of it:

After that dried I added a top coat of polyurethane:

It was fun and easy to do, and a distraction from painting walls, but I feel it needs something else... a lighthouse or boat maybe?  (Or even the letters PEI in the bottom right corner for Prince Edward Island.)

Friday, March 4, 2016

Rolling Assembly and Parts Cart

I have had this cart for quite a few years.  It started out as something a friend got me years ago, as part of a skateboard ramp set for my kids to use.  I put locking casters on the bottom, a shelf in the middle and carpet on the top and used it in my shop.

That was in my last shop.  The problem with the new shop is that the cart won't fit through the doorway and also won't fit between the end of my table saw and the corner of the wall beside it.

Rolling carts like this are great for putting parts on.  I have used this to move wood from the jointer to the planer and then to the table saw.  I used to put clamps on the shelf.  You can glue parts together or do other types of jobs with this cart, it's really handy.

So, I took one side off, cut the horizontal cross pieces and top and put it back together.  I painted it and have not yet put a shelf in the middle.

Now it fits through the door!