Sunday, August 6, 2017

A Floating Window Shelf instead of the traditional window box.

The Floating Window shelf .

Fill two plastic container with concrete to act as dead men to be berried in the ground to keep the floating table from moving in the wind. Put one eye bolt in each dead man to attach the shelve chain.



attach 4 eye screws in each corner for the chain to attach to. On the bottom of the shelve attach to eye screws at either end so the stabling chain can be attached to the concrete dead men that will be berried in the ground under the floating shelve.

Now hang and just enjoy with out the worry of a window box rotting the window trim from water.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Re-purpose of wood scraps

As you may know already , I'm really into re-purposing and just don't like being wasteful. My recent project has left me with a bunch of pieces for clear cedar wood scraps.
So... if you are at my home and need to use the bathroom. I think it is pretty obvious where it is located. Not finished yet. But here a preview of what I did with the scraps pieces.



Sunday, October 30, 2016

Old Shovel Water Feature

Today I want to share with you a project that's been in the works for some time now.
has It's not finished yet but is finally starting to take some shape. 
Finding old shovels for this idea I had, has been a slow process because I only want old shovels that have been used and have history of use.
Here are 2 pictures of this project to this point.



I think there are about 14 shovel heads to this point.




Sunday, May 22, 2016

How to Up-cycle a Standard 6 Ft Cedar Fence


Thousands of homes in the US have a 6 ft Cedar Fence that separates one home from the other. Also some are constructed better than others.
In this case it was a half million dollar home with the contractor scrimping where ever they could to make the almighty buck. I've seen this many times over in the 35 years of my custom building homes.
Sad for my customer as they had no clue this kind of Contractor was out there and left them with a nice looking home but with many things that weren't right and had to be repaired or replaced and still it continues.
For me they asked if I could do something with the standard fence they had to give it more appeal and function...
So here's what I came up with to up-cycle this standard 6 ft cedar fence.
First I laid out the design for a Kneed Trellis on one of my work tables to the scale I wanted so I could see the appearance of the design.
Then I traced out the Knee Pattern to trace paper and taped it on the 5/4 X 12 TK cedar board I had selected for the knee. I used TK or Tight Knot cedar to help with the costs. Clear cedar is hard to come by in this size of material and waste is high on this part of the Trellis as you can see how much is wasted for just one knee. I will use these left over piece for something else in the future as I don't like to waste good material.
Then I cut out the Knees for the 3 Trellis attachments I was going to make.
After cutting them out I stained them with a product called TWP cedar tone natural TWP stands for Total wood Protection. This is a great product and gives the cedar wood a great natural color.
The attachment board which is brown in color here is Sunwood which is a treated material that matches the fence posts and also give the Trellis some contrast.
The Trellis pieces then were attached with 6- 3" star drive wood screws to the posts. In this case the fence was going up hill so I had to run a string line so all three found the same plane so the the Lattice grid would rest on all three properly.
Next I made the Lattice Grid for the top of the trellis. I made it from 1 X 2 clear cedar and stained it to match the Trellis Knees. Spanning the trellises would be about 8 ft apart so The bottom of the Lattice was 1 x 2 on edge giving it strength of the span.
So this is the final picture of the up-cycled 6 ft fence.
My customer has some sweet peas growing up to the trellis as you can see in this picture and I added to the return of this fence a trellis top and lattice grid with a arched board over the top to match the gate shape.
I hope this has Inspired you to up cycle you standard 6 ft cedar fence and thank you for checking what I did to make this fence more appealing . If you get the chance to check out my Blog site please do. I don't sell any thing just hope to inspire others. Thanks For checking it out.
Greg

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Wind Turbine made from wheel chair parts and a Plastic 5 gal. Water Bottle

Sunday is for sure a day to rest.
But some times you just want to create things if your an Artist as I am. I have had this wheel chair part just sitting in my back yard or should I say my junk yard for the last three months or so...

Wind Turbines are one of the things I enjoy because of motion and their possibilities to create clean Energy. Although this one produces energy, it doesn't capture it. It Just for fun of Motion in my back yard area and putting something that would have been thrown away into enjoyment for me.


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Chair parts a Drawer some Tape ,Paint and some Fun on Sunday

Well it a Wet Washington Sunday with Chair parts a Drawer some Tape ,Paint and some Fun for me before Monday's work .
Only in the 50ds today so it was a little cold out side with the rain when painting .
I use an old hair dryer to help dry the paint and keep these old arthritis hands warm.
We has 3 record days of sun last week, it was to hot actually but good for the mind.
But now here we are again back to the some clouds rain and an occasional peek at the sun.
No explaining what I did just letting the pictures tell the story of my time off from work today.

Thanks for checking things out.
Greg








Sunday, April 17, 2016

Re-painting the Re-purposed Head Board Bench I made about a year ago.


 


About a year ago, I built this Head board bench and painted it a flesh color. I didn't really like it at the time, but at least it was painted. It has been sitting around here now to long looking like it had no character to it. Here's a few before pictures

 The first picture at the top was when I completed it and my dog with his plastic Hot Dog was showing it off for me.

 Here's the Yuck color I painted it just to be done and move on to something else. I had lost my inspiration for this piece.

One of my favorite things is to repurpose things when I have the time to and the inspiration to.
This week I had to finish my Taxes and that's always a downer.
So to treat my self for finishing my Taxes and only owing 34 dollars . I decided to give my self some free time before I had to return  back to work on Wednesday to finish a private Deck Hot Tube space for a customer.

So here is where I am at this point with the Re-painting the Re-purposed Head Board Bench.

I chose Red Black and Gold for my colors at this point.
I took a piece of metal about 4x4 and cut a notch in it and used it to block out for painting.

I think it gave it an interesting appearance like it has tips at the base it is resting on. Fun.

So here is the bench after painting it a satin Red. I like reds for bench colors, but not all reds.
Still Plain Looking I had to do something to bring it out of it's appearance. OK

I added a Design to the top and the  bottom using a pattern I had taken from a piece of furniture. I blocked it out and painted it coral black satin.



I added a little gold leaf paint on the spindles to tie thing in with out adding to much gold everywhere. The head Board was missing the top knobs , so a couple of Door knobs that I had laying around work out well for top knobs.

That's where things are to this point with my free time..
I hope to finish it this week if it's not already finished ..
I just hadn't made the decision yet weather it had character yet?

Thanks for checking it out..
Greg






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