A few days ago our island was hit by an ice storm. It pretty well closed down everything for the day and coated everything with a thick layer of ice. We were fortunate, but many people were without electricity for a couple days. Many tree limbs came down, including quite a few from the old maple tree in front of my shop. I took some photos which I'll share here.
Last summer I was asked to make an easel to hold a pretty frame at a wedding. The mother-of-the-bride wanted something that wasn't bulky, was white, and was not distressed nor rustic.
I chose to use poplar, which is strong and takes paint well.
I didn't have a pattern, I just made a basic easel to fit the size of the frame and that would sit at the height the customer wanted it to. It is five pieces of wood plus a chain and a hinge.
There are three legs, a top cross piece and a ledge that the frame sits on.
The back cross piece holds the front legs and has a hinge on it which allows the back leg to be folded in for easier portability.
You can see in the following picture how the crosspiece is set into grooves cut into each leg.
Here you can see the back of the ledge that has grooves cut into it, it is both glued and screwed to the legs. The back of the ledge has a screw eye that holds one end of the chain. The other end of the chain is attached to the back leg.
The bottom of the legs are cut on angles to allow them to sit flat on the floor.
The easel was painted with a primer and then three coats of white semi-gloss paint.
Here it is holding one of my framed seahorse designs.
Thanks to Joanna Gaines of HGTV's "Fixer Upper," everyone seems to want shiplap in their houses!
I've been making my own shiplap for many years, and it's not difficult to do.
Put dado blades on your table saw and cut a rabbet that takes away half the thickness of your wood. Flip the wood and make a rabbet on the other long edge. If that sounds confusing, a picture is worth a thousand words:
Your boards then overlap and can be made in any thickness and any width, depending on the use.
I used shiplap on the back of my buffet that I posted about here on my blog in 2010.
Shiplap allows wood to expand and contract with the seasons. The gaps between each board will widen during dry weather and get narrower during times of higher humidity.
Since this is a slow time around here I've been experimenting with some new ideas for my shop. I'll get to those some other time because I thought I should first get some Valentines related projects made and available in my etsy shop.
I have created this from 100 year old Prince Edward Island barnboard. Each piece is cut from the original 11 1/2" wide boards with character that can only be obtained by years of weathering. I used a router to carve out the heart which is about 8" x 8" and the initials which are 1 1/2" tall and from 1" to 1 1/2" wide. Of course it is supposed to look as if initials are carved into a tree!
I think this looks small in photos, but it's 15 1/2" tall x 11 1/2" wide x 1/2" thick.
You can see the texture of this beautiful barnboard by looking at the next photo.
On the back is a hanger.
Here it is hanging in my shop with a few other items for sale.