Sunday, August 27, 2017

Mermaid Framed in Barn Board

I haven't posted for over three months because I've just been too busy. I still am, but felt I should let my readers know I’m still here working away.




This is a mermaid I made months ago from strips of wood. I made a similar mermaid in blues and turquoise last year.  You can see her HERE. Some of these strips are made with napkins glued to the wood, to look painted.




This mermaid was fit into barn board, it was a painstaking process and the whole piece took me over 40 hours to complete. She does not sit flat, purposely made to curve from head to tail, so she sticks out from the barn board more in some places such as her tail and her hand.




This piece measures 30" x 20" and was sold a few weeks ago to a man who's wife had come in to my shop and told him about it. He came back by himself and bought her the mermaid for an anniversary gift!



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Coastal Charm

Monday, May 22, 2017

Coastal Hall Table

I have people coming into my shop looking for furniture so I decided to make a few more pieces. This is a hall or sofa table.

coastal table  

I'm using spindles for the legs. I bought a box of them over five years ago from someone who had leftovers from making a staircase and railings. Although spindles like this are nicely turned, they usually have squared off sections on both the top and the bottom. While I've seen people use them for table legs, I find they look awkward with the squared off end on the floor and you would never see a table like that in a furniture store. That all being said I rounded off the corners and made some round disks to add to the bottom of the spindles.

 
As I've shown before on this blog, I connect my tables using mortises and tenons, I don't typically screw the parts together. To make the mortises this time I used my router in my homemade router table. Below you can see on the left is the nozzle for my shop vac, a piece of wood that I use as a "stopper" and the fence that guides the wood so that the router bit is centered on the spindle leg.

 
The next photo shows the leg as it reaches the stop
 
And this is what the top of the leg looks like after the two mortises are put in.
 
The wood for the aprons is thicker than the mortises so I then take some wood off of each side of the apron pieces so that they make tenons that fit in the mortises. I use my table saw for that step. The apron pieces tenons still have to be shortened to fit them even with the top of the legs.
 
 
The legs and aprons were painted white and then distressed and covered with stain, then I put on a clear coat of polyurethane.

For the top I used pieces of wood that were painted different colours ranging from white to dark turquoise. They were then distressed, stained and clear coated.
Underneath I used table clips that fit into slots in the front and back apron pieces. This allows the top to widen or narrow with changing humidity.

 

So, this is my Coastal Table:
 
 

This table is tall, narrow and long, perfect for a hallway or behind a sofa.
31 1/2" tall x 12" wide x 37" long 

 
 
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Jig?

I just had to share this. I was cleaning up my workshop a bit today... sawdust gets everywhere. I decided to clean out the two cupboards beside my tablesaw where I keep dado blades, wood throat plate inserts, extra push sticks and jigs.

Well I found this.
 

Tape, screw in the middle, an angle cut on the end and about 15" long!

I have absolutely no idea what it is.

The joys of getting old!

 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Cow Coathooks

I often seem to find myself cutting shapes out of wood. I've cut mermaids, lobsters, anchors, whales, the shape of my province, and even pigs and cows.

I decided to do a reverse cut out of a cow, meaning keeping the outer pieces, leaving a blank space in the shape of a cow.

I used some spruce and stained it and then cut the pieces in uneven lengths and glued the pieces together, edge to edge.

The cow shape was cut with my jigsaw. Once I had it cut out I thought it needed something else, the cow needed to be filled in. First I painted the cut edges of the cow with a cream colour and then painted a thin piece of plywood black and screwed it to the back of the piece. I added three coat hooks across the bottom.

Cow 

I superimposed Farmhouse and Welcome to give customers ideas of what I could paint on this piece. Someone may want their family name as well.

Cow 
Cow 
26" x 13 1/2"

 
follow your heart woodworking  
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Another Whale

Hers's another whale I made, it is the same shape as the whale I shared the other day HERE . This time I used a very old piece of wood 36" long by a full 11 1/2" wide. I call this a reverse cut out since I use the outside or background of the shape. I don't know if that is the technical term for it, maybe I just made that up?

On the back are separate strips of thin plywood painted in different beachy colours.

 

It is made in the same style as my mermaid 
HERE

 

The mermaid is SOLD but the whale is in my shop along with other designs.

 
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Barnboard Whale

As you probably know, I live on an island and I like to include island-themed pieces in my shop. I've made lobsters, mermaids and fish. A few weeks ago I cut a whale shape out of an old piece of barn board, it's 24" long.

cut out whale 

It sat in my shop for awhile and I felt it needed something extra.

So I found an old bed spindle in my pile of wood parts, and a piece of driftwood from a local beach. I ran the driftwood over my jointer until I got a good stable base. Then I drilled one hole in the bottom of the whale and another in the top of the driftwood base. I glued in the spindle after cutting it to length.

Tada... a whale on a stick!

 

or should I call it a rustic whale weathervane?

I found this online, it sold for $1250.00

 

I wonder if I could charge that for mine?
 

 
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Sunday, April 16, 2017

New Roof for the Shop

Last fall we decided we had better put a new roof on the shop before we experienced a big roof leak. When we bought the house we knew the shingles were in terrible condition and would have to be replaced.

The roof was done in sections to prevent the chance of rain getting through to the interior. The roofers started at the front.
 
  
Once the shingles were removed, we could see there were huge gaps in the planks the shingles were fastened to. This place is about 100 years old so these were likely the original roof boards. The roofer needed to put plywood over the old boards, so that they had something to actually nail the new shingles to. Of course this was the right thing to do but greatly increased the cost of the project!

 
  
 
 
 
The side roof of the shop had newer brown shingles on it but when they were removed, again, the planks underneath were in terrible shape.

 
  
   So plywood went on here as well and then the shingles.
 

Lastly the back was finished... yes more plywood!
 
 

 

The reason this post took so long was that I never got the "after" photos taken before the snow fell. I just took them about a month ago when there was still a little snow around.

 
 
 

The roofers did an excellent job, didn't cut any corners and cleaned up quite well. BUT it did cost us a small fortune to have this done!