Donated projects for raffle

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Project by DaleM posted 07-24-2011 08:47 AM 2492 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first two projects pictured here were donated for a raffle. My daughter’s dance teacher does a fundraiser raffle for her students that are graduating high school and continuing on to college. She requested donations for her raffle. You can bid for whichever item you want to win. I don’t know how well my items did compared to the other items, but I know they got a lot of bids. The curling iron and hair dryer holder is made of butternut and finished with poly, then sanded and buffed with paste wax. I was going to add molding to the top and turn a finial, but decided to go simple with the scrolled heart at the top. The folding heart shaped basket is made of red oak and finished with boiled linseed oil and the base is southern yellow pine, also with boiled linseed oil. I added a few pics of some curtain rods and curtain rod holders that I just made for my son’s room. I used a pine 2×10 that was too cupped to use for much of anything else and turned the curtain rods and made the brackets out of the same thing. I used a piece of cherry from my firewood pile for the endcaps. I finished with tung oil finish, then paste wax.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#1 posted 07-24-2011 05:41 PM

Checking out your projects, Nice choice of grain and tones,. I have a few plate shelves and hallway coat racks for the wall. Some have heart pattern. Wondering if these are still in vogue?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 07-24-2011 10:22 PM

Hi Dale
Nice projects, I am sure they will be of interest to the crowds at the raffle. Nice use of reclaimed cherry piece from your woodpile. Is it me or sometimes the more interesting pieces can be found on our woodpiles or our neighbor’s woodpiles?

I too make items out of reclaimed materials and donate them to local raffles and fundraisers. People seem to like the homemade one of a kind items. I also include a letter of authenticity stating where the wood came from and usually add some interesting items such as chocolate coins or a bottle of wine to entice the bidders. After all, it is a win win situation. The charity is getting some funds, the winner takes home the unique item, and you feel good for making something useful.

Look forward in seeing more of your future projects.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#3 posted 07-24-2011 11:58 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. Thomas, my wife likes the hearts so I still make things with hearts. Richard, my wife is annoyed that I can’t just bring in firewood without sitting some of it aside. I got some pallets to stack my firewood on and ripped two of them apart for the wood. I can’t help it. As far as the raffle goes, it did feel good donating and my work is done. My wife still has her work to come. She donated a cake. She made up a small poster with pics of some cakes she made and raffled off a cake to be made in the future up to three layers high.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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