Crumb Muncher Fence

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Project by greg48 posted 12-29-2015 07:41 AM 1949 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had a request from a friend to come up with a baby guard in front of the fire place while grandma babysat the 12 mo. old toddler. Wanting the guard to look like it belonged to the fireplace surround, I selected about 14 bf of red oak and 40 lf of 3/4” cove molding to complete the job. The top and bottom rails are 3/4” x 2 1/4” with an 1/8” x 3/4” dado cut in the top and bottom to help hold the vertical slats in alignment during assembly. The corners are mitered butt joints strengthened with pocket hole screws The cove molding was added to the top and bottom rails to “beef up” their appearance and act as channels to help support the vertical staves while 7/8” blocks were set between the staves for spacing and filling.

In order to give my friend some ownership of the piece, I did the cutting and assembly with some minor hand planing while the job of sanding and finishing was given to him(along with purchasing the materials). The entire unit is about 5 ft. wide, by 18” deep, by 2 ft. tall. Stained with Minwax Golden Oak oil stain and given 4 coats of gloss poly, the project rolled out of the shop on Christmas Eve for installation that night.

The fence is held to the wall and baseboards using some of that 3M miracle tape on hook-n-loop strips so as not to mar any of the existing woodwork or painted surfaces. Should work, if not then we’ll do something else. Well that’s the last project for this calendar year but I’m not out of things to do. My grand daughter’s American Girl doll population nearly doubled this Christmas so I have been tasked with creating some more 18” doll furniture and I only have until Epiphany (12 days after Christmas) to have some pieces done. HoHoHo!

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#1 posted 12-29-2015 10:26 AM

This serves an important purpose and looks good at the same time! Nice work.

-- Seeing is believing.

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#2 posted 12-29-2015 12:11 PM

Great match to the existing wood. It looks like it belongs there.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 12-29-2015 12:36 PM

Nice looking fence. It certainly keep the toddler away from the fire. It looks like you did a good job selecting the wood to match color wise.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#4 posted 12-29-2015 01:56 PM

Nicely done

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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