The Clamps

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Project by Pete posted 10-24-2013 03:05 AM 1389 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

700 days I’ve been a member here? Holy cow time flies.

So I got back into woodworking a couple years ago thanks to some changed circumstances that forced me to stop doing … well anything really.

I have spent the last year+ being alternately depressed and unable to look at the shed or trying to work on something and getting bummed out and then unable to look at the shed. It has really sucked, I’ve spent a lot of time reading and practicing in my head in the meantime. Thanks to another set of things happening, now I have plenty of free time again to try and figure out if making things is still something I want to try doing.

The cardboard box that was in use at the gym to hold the bar clips (or clamps) was really ratty and the wall was getting marked up from throwing them into the box. Hey maybe this is something I could fix.

For the last week I have been outside for a few hours every day cleaning up and shuffling things around so I could make this box. Nothing special, just some plywood screwed together and given a coat of paint + poly.

Got through the entire project and only made two mistakes which is a new record!

First two pictures are of it in its new home, the last is one a closeup of the picture I copied and put on the front with silver paint pen (it’s Clamps from Futurama).

Thanks for reading down this far (if you indeed have made it) and I hope to be putting some more projects up a bit quicker in the future!

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#1 posted 10-24-2013 03:06 AM

Cool. Thanks for sharing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 10-24-2013 08:07 AM

That’s a nice result and possibly good therapy to boot.

Don’t be too pre occupied about trying to produce perfect work.

Some days I just roll out my saw and saw up some timber just for the heck of it.

Practicing different types of cuts and then after I have finished bin them

I have also built items and in the process lost the inspiration to finish them, so they go on the shelf for later.

The box finish is interesting what product did you use?

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 10-26-2013 02:14 AM

Thanks Rob, so far is has helped keep me motivated which is always good!

Finish is just 2 coats of flat black wall paint on the outside and satin polyurethane inside. Ended up putting 1 coat of poly outside as well because I accidentally dripped some on the drawing and had to make everything else look the same.

Drawing was a silver paint sharpie. FYI if you’re going to coat paint marker in poly, use a sprayer cos brushing it causes runs :(

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