Decorative details in TSWoodWizard's house

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Project by tswoodwizard posted 01-23-2011 04:36 AM 2491 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I remolded the lower level of my home, I wanted a western theme. So I started to collect things like barn boards, a cow hide, spurs, and other cowboy stuff. After insulating and wiring the stud cavities, I conditioned the barn boards by sanding and brushing the grain to clean it up. Cut in some rustic trim designs, added rope up around the crown mold area as an accent, and fabricated a barn board arch to support the upper structure.

Picture number 1 shows a recessed shadow box as a home for my windchester guy.

Picture number 2 shows how even an open knothole or a rotted area in a board can be used as a detail.

Picture number 3 shows a little fret work cut in trim and a lariat we found in Durango, Colorado. Above the lariat I used some old wagon side board parts as a shelf.

Picture number 4 shows the archway created to support the first floor structure.

Picture number 5 shows my built-in gun cabinet with lower storage doors for ammo and gun cleaning supplies.

Picture number 6 shows the use of an old barrel as a shadow box for handguns and old west characters.

I have lots of other details, but theres not enough room for any more pictures!

-- Tim B. Sweely Elizabeth, Illinois, [email protected] -------- My potential is limited only by my emagination.

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#1 posted 01-23-2011 04:50 AM


-- Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. ~ John 5:24

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#2 posted 01-23-2011 07:28 AM

Lokin good from here! nice work. Reminds me of when my folks sold the place. The new owners tore down a small barn that had never been painted, took the wood inside the house and used it for paneling. My dad couldn’t believe it ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 01-23-2011 10:47 AM

nice work

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#4 posted 01-23-2011 01:04 PM

This is great. I love this room. The built in gun rack is nice, looks like an old sheriffs office.

-- Mike, Somewhere in Indiana with a splinter or two!

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#5 posted 01-23-2011 02:21 PM

like it :-)
thankĀ“s for sharing


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#6 posted 01-23-2011 09:09 PM

oh my goodness .. I am love with style and your creativity is amazing. That knothole/newspaper.. SWEET

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 01-28-2011 05:40 PM

This is very cool & creative, Tim. Love it. Must feel good to be in that room….cozy and all your own work. Especially love your use of the knothole. I have a natural edge piece of walnut with a great knothole I am saving to build a cabinet. It is warped and I plan to shape the front of the cabinet with the warp…can I be so bold as to mention…Krenov style…with the knothole as hand hold. Neat idea…need to work on the skills first.

Hey…are you by any chance a member of the woodturners group in Platteville? Their 2011 schedule isn’t posted online yet.


-- toni --- SW WI...working on shop setup....wish I could say diligently. "Time is a healer, a friend & a maker of dreams."

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#8 posted 02-11-2011 08:23 PM

No toni I’m not. By the way my computer is down right now, using a friends. I’ll contact you when it’s fixed.

-- Tim B. Sweely Elizabeth, Illinois, [email protected] -------- My potential is limited only by my emagination.

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