Friday, November 17, 2017

How to Build a T & G Pine Barn Door Look for a Sliding door.

The first thig your going to need to do is to draw a door so you can put measurements on it about the size of the door for the opening you are going to cover with the sliding Barn Door.
Next you measure your opening that needs to be covered and write down the measurements of the width and highth allowing for clearance of the floor, which is usually about one inch.
In this case it was 38" wide to cover the door casing, by 84" in highth.

Now that you have done this you can figure how much pine T & G you will need to make and buy the vertical boards. In this case it was 8 pieces of 1 X 6  pine. Also you will need the border trim middle peice and the X trim on the bottom.

Next you will need to construct the frame of the Barn  Door.
 After your frame is completed and Square which is Very important, it will be time to install the Pine T&G to the frame with Glue and Nails. The frame middle bar and the Bottom X are held together by the glue and nails. The Pine T & G is installed so the the back is facing you so you can put many more nails through the back into the middle piece and cross pieces. No nails will be see on the front door.
Once all the boards are installed and you wait for the time needed for the glue to dry. Then you need to sand it and plane the edges of the doors if needed from any overlaping edges.

And finally you can stain and seal it.
Your done and ready to install hard ware for the sliding bar track.
I hope this has helped you to understand How to build your own Barn Door that will look great in your home and bring a new look to your living space.


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