Recycled fence post and some old door latches

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This is an old fence post from a farm that is about 140 years old – and some old door latches and knobs – it is a coat/hat rack. I cleaned the timber with a wire brush, then hand sanded it, I soaked the door latches in a molasses slurry and cleaned and then coated them with a metal clear coat. The timber was then coated with an oil based clear coat – as I thought it will stand up to being outdoors (like it hasn’t already LOL) and I used decking nails – you know – the ones that twist? to attach them – I sold this one on the weekend – it was so exciting :) thanks again for your help guys!

-- Terina C

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#1 posted 06-12-2012 11:15 PM

Very creative and love the rustic look of it. Congrats on your sell! Nice job.

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#2 posted 06-12-2012 11:50 PM

I’m a sucker for this type of thing. :-D
But what’s a molasses slurry?

-- Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. --Theodore I. Rubin

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#3 posted 06-13-2012 07:51 AM

Karen – some old farmers around the ridges kept telling me to put the rust metal parts in a slurrey of molasses – so after some cake and a cuppa – I managed to get out of them : 100ml molasses to 2 litres of water makes an effective slurry for cleaning metal up – and would you believe it works a treat! My hands smell constantly of molasses – but who cares!!!! OOps – just realized you might not know my measurements – a cup of molasses to 2.5 pints of water :) and you leave really rusty stuff in there for 4-5 days – pull it out, hit with a wire brush and Bob’s your uncle!!! :)

-- Terina C

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#4 posted 06-13-2012 10:38 AM

Very cool re-use!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#5 posted 06-13-2012 11:32 AM

Thanks Dave – I have always been kinda good at seeing a new way of using old stuff – now I am having a go at actually creating them :)

-- Terina C

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#6 posted 06-13-2012 01:36 PM

Good looking coat rack. At least the people in your area appreciate unique items. Congrats on the sale.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#7 posted 06-16-2012 11:39 PM

This is a very kool way to hang those coats, etc. Really kool! The hardware is very unique as well. Recycle, recylce. Yes!

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#8 posted 06-17-2012 12:08 AM

Roger – I am trying to re-use everything – haven’t quite got a place for the old copper wire yet – I reckon I am doing ok snce the only “leftover” I have is 6 mitre corners from the bookends :) And Thanks Canadianchips – I am tryin

-- Terina C

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#9 posted 10-13-2013 02:16 PM

Very creative use of found materials. Great job!

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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