Miscellaneous Projects #1

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Project by RHaynes posted 01-06-2014 04:25 PM 2183 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

1. Frame for a 10” x 20” lithograph of a photo. The frame is reclaimed local red oak that served as siding for a barn a few miles away. Joinery is half-laps (wife likes those for some reason, better than miters). I routed a simple 45 chamfer on the inside of the frame to reveal some of the oak, then finished the whole thing with a couple coats of Waterlox.

2. Mudroom bench with shoe storage. This is made from “recycled” materials (meaning stuff I found at the dump and put in my truck after emptying out the stuff I took there), including discarded studs and 1/2” plywood. The top is 3/4” plywood with maple, iron-on edge banding. Finish is 3 coats of amber shellac. May daughter loves this thing—she calls it “my bench.” And yes, it is completely loaded up with sparkly, pink shoes and boots.

3. Battery storage rack. Thank you, Steve Ramsey, for the idea. I chose not to use the plexiglass front because I thought it would make it harder to load/clear jams.

4. Gate for deck. Except for the gate hardware, this was free—made exclusively with cut-offs found at the dump. Someone was apparently building a deck and just threw away all the pressure-treated lumber they didn’t use. We needed a gate to keep my 2-year-old on the deck, so for $15 total, I built this. I call it my “can you figure out how it’s held together” gate…

5. New fireplace surround, including mantle. There was a leak in the left corner that required me to replace all of the drywall (twice). Since I had the wall ripped up anyway, I replaced it with ledger stone and made a new mantle.

6. Cabinet for electrical panel. My father-in-law had a new garage built and wanted something to enclose the new electrical panel. I made him this out of scrap pine, poplar, and 1/4” birch plywood. He’s going to paint it.

-- "Sometimes the creative process requires foul language." -- Charles Neil.

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Alan Hart

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#1 posted 01-06-2014 04:35 PM

I like your frame. I want to do that with some of the pictures my wife makes. Very cool.

-- Al Hart

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#2 posted 01-06-2014 08:31 PM

Love the frame and the lithograph – a very peaceful scene.

Your gate is nice looking and a well done reclaimed materials project. If that is pressure treated lumber you will want to keep your 2 year old away from it as he/she might pickup undesirable chemicals from the treated wood. IMHO

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 01-06-2014 10:14 PM

All of your projects look great, but i especially like the frame. Using re-claimed barn wood is something I would like to do in the future.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI.

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#4 posted 01-07-2014 05:23 AM

Nice post. The projects are all quite useful.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#5 posted 01-07-2014 02:26 PM

Great job on all of you projects.


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#6 posted 01-07-2014 02:53 PM

Thank you guys for your kind comments!

-- "Sometimes the creative process requires foul language." -- Charles Neil.

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#7 posted 01-08-2014 02:15 AM

They all look good. I can tell you by experience The shoe bench is not big enough, then again any size you build will not be big enough. Just ask my wife and daughter :)


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#8 posted 01-10-2014 02:44 PM

All your projects look great and well made. They made your home more beautiful, comfortable and convenient. Great job!

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#9 posted 01-13-2014 11:15 AM

Nice projects, I might have to make myself a battery rack. By the way thanks for straitening me out (no pun intended, but I like it anyway) on thickness planers earlier.

-- Ted

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