Sunday, March 18, 2018

Louvered Door Hall Tree Repurpose

Repurposing a pair of Louvered Bi-fold doors is always a fun project and can be very decorative and functional as well.

   I have made a few of these and always enjoy the creation part of the build, I never know how it going to turn out.
Here's the beginning.
Has you can see just a Pair of Bi-folds doors that were given to me.
To hold them together I just screwed a 1 x 4 on the back top and bottom with Glue. Glue is good.
This Hall-tree will have and cut in half Maple Table that was also given to me that I will attach.
 
So with the Maple table that I cut in half earlier last year, that was in my storage building most of the winter, I cut it down to size again for the Hall-tree and put an end piece on it so I would have a good way to attach it to the doors.



Now that I did that, it was time to attach it to the doors. I first  used a pin nailer and positioned where I wanted it to be secured to the door and nailed it , then installed screws from the back of the door into the end I put on the table top.
Now that the top was installed to the bi-fold doors it would need a good way of stabilizing the front legs so they couldn't be move it they were hit. This meant installing a small base for the door to sit on and the legs to be attached to. So.....
Along the bottom of the door 1x4 was installed from the door to the bottom of the legs. Making sure the top was 90 degrees to the door. I then installed a 3" screw through the 1x4 and into the bottom of the leg. Making the legs secured and Solid.
You can see I added a little bit of Bling on the front under the top, a friend of mine calls this stuff " fu fu ".... I call it extra pieces I cut out from something else that I will use in the future for decoration.
So now for me the fun is happening creating things with stuff that was left over from making a trellis top. These pieces were cut outs from the trellis top pieces I had cut. Perfect bracket for a shelve here.
I had this piece of a bathroom mirror from a medicine chest the kind with 3 mirrors, a middle and 2 sides. I just used the middle piece because it fit the door width and put some scrap pieces around it to hold it in from sliding out.
I had some crown molding from an old cabinet, I put on the top of the doors to finish it out and found some old brass hooks from a kitchen pot and pan holder and installed them on both sides of the hall tree for coats or hats.

Next I started the filling of holes and caulking of the cracks. Caulking is one thing in my books can make a project take on a totally new look of being finished. Because I use all used materials there is always splits, cracks, holes that need to be filled before painting. It's kind of bothersome but in the end product just looks better to me.
Now the painting part. The maple top had a finish that was smooth and shinny so I just use a de-glosser  on it and gave it a dry brush coat to start with.
Both sides of this were primed painted and ready for the final painting of which I'm not sure at this point what color or technique I might do in finishing it.











Saturday, February 24, 2018

Water Color Pencil Arrows

This post is about just taking a day off from working for the dollar and enjoy creating something fun with colors. 
I been seeing Arrows becoming popular recently so I thought I would give making some using some scrap pine wood I had around. 

I took the piece pine wood and painted it a light yellow color not painting it real heave but more of a dry brush method so the grain could been seen.
Then I just started drawing them out on the board once it had dried , using a pencil and making light drawing of what they might look like.

I really didn't want to Paint the arrows I drew but I wanted good color so I thought I would use water color pencils and over the lightly painted board it work well. 

So here's what I came up with for a relaxing day in my recliner with the tube on.







Friday, November 17, 2017

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

The first thing... draw a door with measurements on it as seen in the picture.
Now write down the size of the door you will build 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 from 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 the door .
In this case it was 8 pieces of 1 X 6  pine. Also you will need the border trim middle piece ... the X trim on the bottom.

Next you will need to construct the Rectangle frame of the Barn  Door. 
In this case I used 1 X 4 for the frame.
The middle trim piece was 1 x 4.
The X pieces also 1 x 4.
 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 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 wait for the time needed for the glue to dry. 
Then sand it and plane the edges of the doors if needed from any overlapping edges.
Then your ready for finishes.

And finally you can stain and seal it.
Your done..... and ready to install hard ware for the sliding bar track. I'm really not much of a How To Do writer ,so 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.

I finished the installing the sliding Door hardware.
Then over the door opening I hung the new track for the door.
My customers were happy.





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.



Cedar 1 x  8 with Cedar Trim

Install 4 eye screws to each corner .
 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 and dirt spilling on to it.

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 for Shade , Looks & More Privacy


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. or
For me they asked if I could do something with the standard fence they had.
Was it possible to make it a functional fence that would give some shade and a better appearance.
So I came up with a design of a Abor Knee Trellis I guess you call it. I layed it out first on paper to scale. Making a pattern to cut out and use.
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