Rough Cut Pine Stars and other Shapes

IMG_20160419_193013I had a long piece of 3/4 inch thick rough cut pine sitting around. It was in good shape with  some wear to it, and a few nail and screw holes.  It  had been used as a wall board in a previous life and I wanted to make a pair of 3d stars with it. Before cutting I inspected it, pine is very knotty and I have found that the knots don’t work out so well when making stars.  I cut it down into 5 12″x 10″  rectangles . I inspected them again and picked the 4 best rectangles and drew my star shape on each piece. I used a compass to draw a circle on the fifth piece. I cut each piece carefully on the scroll saw. I also cut out my circle. I will use the circle as the base to a pedestal table at some point in the future.  I took a piece of 80 grit sand paper and sanded each star smooth. I will continue to sand to 220 grit, then I will apply a spray lacquer and attach two stars together to create a 3 d effect. For wall mount stars I will join the two stars with screws and add razor hangers to mount the star. For hanging stars I will use screws to attach the stars but I will use dowels  to hide the drill holes and  fishing line to hang the star. Continue reading

Cabinets and Table Tops

IMG_20160419_192746It’s Spring! Time to get outside and shake off the winter.  Telephone poles  are plastered with tag sale signs and the outdoor flea markets are slowly returning. We were lucky this year it never got too cold and we had below average snowfall but I know I still had a bout of cabin fever and I am happy for the warmer weather. The table top/wall art I started from the futon is glued and ready to sand. Continue reading

futon frame

IMG_20160115_193823I was looking through the wood pile today trying to gather scrap pieces to frame out some rough cut pine for a small mosaic. I found barrel staves and slats, but the slats were too thin and the staves too curved.Then I remembered the old futon.   I have had a wooden futon frame, and a collection of  assorted futon  pieces, waiting for the right project for almost 6 years.  I have used pieces of this futon in a mosaic, as table legs, shelf slats ,and as cleats to hang shelves. I had busted up the large pieces a while ago but in my scavenging I discovered that I had an entire arm left over that needed to be taken apart.  It had some nail holes, but no structural damage and it looked like  it would be the perfect size for my frame.  I gathered the tools needed to take its apart and started the destruction, which was much more of a hassle than I intended.  Continue reading