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

Trucks and More.

IMG_20151220_182352I am still working on making wooden trucks.I have a sketch that I made of a fire truck that I hope to complete this winter. It is very simple. It is basically the pick up truck shape cut out with a slightly longer bed and the addition of a ladder. The ladder is just scrap wood and dowels and it attaches to the back of the truck with a dowel. I will paint the truck red and the ladder white. I am also brainstorming ideas for a helicopter, that has been a more difficult challenge.  A IMG_20160103_195026helicopter is a complex vehicle to model. It is easy to get carried away ,but I want something simple that is still recognizable as a helicopter. I will give it wheels instead of ski’s and I want to have a top and side mount propeller.   I have not been happy with any of the drawings I have started and I have yet to find a real world example that I like enough to reverse engineer. I will keep looking and thinking. It hasn’t just been firetrucks and helicopters in the workshop, I started  a small mosaic. I am not sure what I will do with it when it is complete, It may be the center for a larger project or I may leave it as is and put it up on etsy as a small wall hanging.

Happy New Year! Looking Ahead and Looking Back

IMG_2302Happy New Year! I am not the type to make New Years resolutions but I do  hope to have at least doubled the contents of my Etsy store by January of 2017. I also want to be in at least one shop and do a couple more shows in 2016 than I did in 2015.  I guess the most important goal is to learn lots of new woodworking techniques and have fun doing it.  Continue reading

New Mosaic Table Techniques

IMG_20151020_174026When I make my mosaics I don’t generally plan them out in advance. I screw in my frame and start arranging shapes until I am, happy with the pattern. Sometimes I fill an entire section with shapes and take it all apart the next day because  I see something new, or the original idea doesn’t flow very well. I have tried a number of things to streamline the process and the most productive experiment involved making smaller mosaic fragments that I assembled into larger pieces. Continue reading