Showing posts with label wood projects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wood projects. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DIY Floating Shelves on Hometalk

Floating shelves always intrigued me, their minimalist look was something that spoke to me and made me bring them to my own home.

One of my first projects, about four years ago, even before I started this blog, was to build a floating shelf  to be placed above the television set. It took me some time to create it, the cuts were not perfect, I still remember lots of

Monday, May 26, 2014

DIY - Water Hose Holder

On my previous posts about organizing the garage by installing a wall storage system, I cleaned around and removed some of the items that were hung on the wall.  My husband was quick to bring the sled and hose to the backyard. Since the sled came with a hook, he  installed it immediately on the fence. The water hose on the other hand, didn't get the special treatment, he just threw it on the middle of the yard :/

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Re-Purposing a Playset

I wanted to begin this post with a pretty picture. And what better way than one with good memories! We were celebrating my daughter's 9th birthday with a Luau party. She is the one stretched out looking back guards on the play-set. I still remember the good surprise I gave my neighbors with the palm trees :) but that's a story for another post.

Well, fast forward 8 years later and this is how my back yard looked a couple of weeks ago :( As I told my husband, that's a

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

DIY - Rustic Bench

Building a bench was on my to do list for a very long time. I am very happy to cross it off my list and ending up with such a good piece.

The inspiration came from one of my favorite bloggers, every time she did a post of the room where her bench was in, I kept on drooling about it, most of all I love the leg design and its color, you can see it right HERE. I made some changes to it and built it to my own dimensions.

If you have some basic tools you can totally make this bench! I used poplar, but you can use your favorite wood.

Here is what you'll need for a bench with the dimensions above.

The materials:
  • 1 - 1 x 12 - 7 feet long
  • 1 - 1 x 3 - 9 feet long
  • 4 - Hex Bolts ¼" x 2"
  • 4 -  Hex nuts ¼"
  • 4 - Plain flat washers ¼"
  • 4 - Wave washers ¼"
  • 18 - #8 x 2" flat head screws
  • Glue
  • Wood filler
  • Sand paper
  • Finishing supplies

The tools:
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Safety glasses
  • Hearing protection
  • Clamps
  • BladeRunner or jigsaw
  • drill
  • compound miter saw or circular saw
  • sander
  • countersink drill bit

1.  TOP. Making sure the board is square, cut the bench top - 36" off the 1 x 12.  Set aside.

2.  LEGS. The remaining 1 x 12 is going to be cut in four parts, two legs and two 2½" supports. Using a compound miter saw or a circular saw (like in my case), set an angle of 5 degrees, as seen in the picture below.

Mark the way the legs need to be positioned.

3. This is how the legs should look at the end, so, it's now time to cut both sides of each leg on  a 5 degree angle. The lower end stays at the same measurement of 11¼".
I used my BladeRunner to rip this angled cut.

The design on the lower part or each leg can be found HERE. Center, draw and cut it out, you can use a jig saw, but using my BladeRunner made this part go fast and smoothly. Cutting the design on the wood was my favorite part of using this tool.
Once done with both legs, set them aside.

4. CENTER SUPPORT. Grab the 2½" support pieces cut from the 1 x 12 and cut both ends at a 5 degree angle, making the short point distance at 8¼" (picture below).

Cut the 1 x 3 at a short point of 29", same 5 degree angle on both ends.

Using glue and doing countersink pre-drills, attach the center support to both side supports. Side supports should be parallel to each other. Once done it should look like this.

5. ASSEMBLING.  Now it's time to connect all the pieces. Clamp both legs to each side of the center support pieces. Drill two holes on each side for the Hex bolts to hold both pieces.

Don't forget to use glue before attaching the screws.

Cut the remaining 1 x 3 at 36" for both leg supports.  Attach them to each side of bench at 8¾" from the bottom of leg. Use glue and pre-drill holes before driving the screws.

The final part is to attach the top. Flip the base up side down on top of the underside of top, center it leaving 2" overhangs on each end. Trace all around the top base perimeter. Take away the base and mark the placement of the screws ( two on each end and two in the center),  drill holes on the marked points in order to know where the screws should be driven to attach both pieces. (left picture below).
Turn the top right side up, place it on top of the base and using a countersink bit do pre-drills before driving the screws onto the base.

You can now cover those screws with wood filler, sand the entire bench and finish it the way you want it.

I decided to go for a striking red, just like my inspiration ;)

Now, what better way to build things than with the right tools! I was glad to use the Rockwell BladeRunner for this project and I think you will also love to add it to your workshop. That's why I'm partnering with Rockwell to give you one of this great tools!

The Rockwell BladeRunner blends performance characteristics of a jigsaw and benchtop scroll saw. This variable-speed saw with 5-amp motor, uses standard T-shanked blades to cut a variety of materials. Perform cross-cuts, angled and rip cuts all day. Includes T-slot and a miter gauge/rip fence combination. The BladeRunner includes 5 blades: metal, aluminum, ceramics, scroll and wood.
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Click HERE to see where the bench was placed.


Happy Mother's Day!


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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

DIY Bookcases for Bedroom - Final Reveal

This is the third and final part of a series for building Bookcases in my bedroom.  For the first part click HERE.
At the end of the second post, this is how the bookcases looked.

The electric fireplace had arrived and it was hung onto two 2x4's in the middle of the two bookcases.  It was time to make it look pretty.

I wanted to enclose the fireplace, so out of MDF a front face was cut, the inside of the cut-out was the perfect fit for the fireplace but the idea didn't work!  It was so tight fitting that it was impossible to hang the fireplace.  I wanted to be able to take the fireplace off the wall at any given moment, like if the lights for the flames burn out and I have to change them. This style didn't allow for that.  It was more like a permanent solution that I didn't want.

One extra problem I encountered was the flat trim I had previously attached at the front sides of the bookcases. Whatever I was trying to fit in between both bookcases didn't get in.  I took it off, it was a pain on the neck to get rid of it.  The glue had hardened pretty well, every time I managed to pray away an extra piece I promise myself to never put trim on the outside, before building the inside.  I think I learned that lesson. :/

Since the first plan for a "flat-front enclosed fireplace" didn't work, my next move was to build a small cubbie below the fireplace and a simple mantel above it.

This is how the cubbie was done:

This is the mantel.

On top of the mantel a chunky shelf was drilled in place.

The back was painted chalkboard black.  I also painted a 1/4" plywood to fit inside the cubbie.  If I change my mind I can take it off and is white again.

Finally, 1/2" MDF was cut in 3" stripes to give the overmantel a nice design and to cover the gaps on the sides and the electrical hole at the top (that top part was screwed in place to have easy access later on).
All the small moldings were the final touch.

Then I was in a paint marathon! I used Kilz 2 Latex to prime the whole unit.  Behr Swiss Coffee - Semi-gloss finish was used as the top coat.

And they were DONE!

Some accessories.

Remember the post about wood cuttings?  They were coming here.

This is how it evolved.

Until now.

The windows got all trimmed out too, you can read all about it on my first contributor post at Pretty Handy Girl.


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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wooden Toolbox

Wooden Toolbox

I've been asked many times how I began working with wood.   As it happens to many of you, I love decorating my home but I don't like to spend big bucks doing it!   I wanted to transform my home from the simple bare builder's grade to the one with lots of moldings and details.   So my liking for moldings urged me to get into other wooden projects to decorate around the house.

With baby steps, project by project I have kept on taking bigger bites every time.  That's the case with latest, building bookcases in my bedroom is one of those projects that has given me lots of headaches, sometimes I think I'm trying to bite more than I can chew, but when the project is done I'm always happy I got into it.

A wooden toolbox, is one of those projects where you can gain more confidence with your measurements and perhaps to conquer the fear of using some power tools, even though it can be done with a regular saw, hammer and nails.

Some pieces of scrap wood would work perfectly fine!  You can go ahead and cut the bottom and long sides to your desired measurements.  The one I made is somewhat big 24"L x 9"W x 10" H  All the material was 3/4" thick.

The end sides are then cut to size and you can draw the lines for the top "triangle" to be cut.

Again, you can do this with a regular saw.  I did it using a circular saw, both pieces at the same time, it fastens the process a lot.   You need to clamp the wood pieces to your bench and attach a guide for the saw to keep the line, measure the distance from the blade to the side fence of the saw and that's where you need to clamp that guide.  Then go ahead and cut it!

Time to open the holes where the handle goes.   The handle I used was about 3/4" in diameter,   I placed the drill bit point 3/4" from the top and attached some tape around to mark how deep I wanted to drill.  Both pieces were then sanded to round the sharp edges.

The pieces were all cut and ready to be assembled.

But first some pinky pink acrylic paint was applied.

A wash out white was applied next.

After the paint dried, it was time to put it together.  The long sides were attached to the bottom piece.

Then the end sides, but don't forget to insert the handle before nailing the last side.

The toolbox is ready.

After a light sanding of the end sides and applying a bit of wax on the whole thing, it was time to play :)
These green bottles I took from my neighbor's recycling bin where the ones awaiting a box!

I like the texture, the roughness on those long side pieces of wood.

I got so excited with my new "toy" I went outside to take some pics!  My lilies are still going strong, remember them from my previous post?

I can't wait to set my Easter table now that I have the centerpiece!

Are you ready to do your own toolbox?  Send me a picture if you do!


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