Monday, October 17, 2016

Hanging Skulls

I found some skull shapes at Instructables here and decided to cut some out to hang from my tree in front of my shop.

I made them smaller than the instructions and cut them out with my jigsaw, then painted them white.  The skulls ended up being 10 1/2" long by 7 1/2" wide. Just a little something extra to add to my decorations.


Skulls in tree 

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Sunday, October 16, 2016



I needed some decorations around my shop for Hallowe'en so I decided to make some wood pumpkins. With orange paint actually called "Orange You Happy," I painted a few 10' pieces of 1" x 4" spruce strapping. Then some of it was ripped into half to make some thinner boards, and all of it was sanded and then coated with either grey or brown stain. I curved the edges of some pieces with my jigsaw to make a pumpkin shape.

Each one is a bit different than the other, but they are 12"-20" high and 14"-18" wide. I alternated between the grey stained and brown stained pieces and attached them with my nail gun to a few cross pieces. At the bottom I sat a 2" x 4" and nailed that there to give a base to hold up the pumpkin. I used a scrap piece of old barnboard for the stem.


They all sit outside my shop when it's open.
shop front door Hallowe'en  
shop front Hallowe'en  

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Fall Scarecrow

I did show my scarecrow in a previous post, but now I'll show some close ups and give a little more detail.

I used an old 6" wide and 5' long, piece of wood given to me by a customer who didn't need it and a few other pieces. I cut a head (circular) shape at the top and a long leg gap at the bottom.  I found another piece of wood, about 3" wide for the arms. I screwed this on the back (after painting) so that I could put it away in storage easier by removing the screws. I dry brushed white for the head, red for the shirt and blue for the overalls.

The pocket, the finger part of the mittens, as well as the buttons, are cut out of plywood and glued on top of the main body parts. This adds some extra dimension. 

I painted some details for the face and made a plaid looking design for the shirt. There are some details on the overalls including a painted on patch. Also, some raffia was added under the pocket, around the wrists, and under the hat.  I cut a crow out of plywood after seeing it at  
this blog (thanks Paula)

crow on hat 
I wired him to a straw hat that I bought years ago (for less than a dollar) knowing I'd use it sometime!

I put the scarecrow out in front of my shop each morning and bring him back inside when I close up for the night.

He stays behind the shop counter, just in case I need the extra help when I'm gone.

scarecrow in shop 
I'll show my pumpkins in more detail next time.
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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Fall Garland

fall décor 

Now that fall is upon us, I felt it was time to change my outdoor décor at my shop. Down came the pennant of coloured triangles that matched the towns
festival décor  
I started by finding three leaf shapes online and cut out the shapes, with my jigsaw, from plywood.

fall leaves 
I painted them red, yellow, and orange and drilled two holes in each.

Some were stringed together to form a garland that I hung outside my shop.


The others were painted with the letters for HAPPY FALL and strung together for my new scarecrow to hold.

Happy Fall 
I'll share my scarecrow next time.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Old Chair Finished

If you recall, I was remaking two arms for an old wooden chair that a customer, Jean, brought to me. I wrote about it here in August. This chair was made in Maine but moved to Prince Edward Island with Jean who bought an old schoolhouse here. She uses it on the sun porch in her summer home about a 20 minute drive from my shop.

Maple arms 
I needed to drill holes for screws to go into the top of the arms, as well as countersink to allow for plugs to hide those screws.

countersinking holes 

After making the arms from maple, Jean and I decided she would do away with the springs and metal strips in the seat area and have me make wood slats to replace them.

I primed the chair frame and new slats (not shown) before attaching it all together. I find that makes it easier to get into spaces and around all the edges.
primed chair 

Then the arms and slats were attached and I painted the chair three coats of a lovely green that Jean chose herself.

Green Chair 

Jean was just delighted to see her chair and she has purchased some fabric and will have some thick cushions made locally, most likely over the winter. She has even promised to give me a "private showing" of her chair when it is all finished.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Table for the Café

Firstly, I apologize if you earlier got the photos from this blog post without any description. I'm still figuring out blogging on the iPad.

I was asked to build a small table for the local bakery and café, called Maple House. It's where my daughter works part time and the bakery that I made a welcome sign for. You can see that here. They needed something for the entryway to hold a book for guests to sign, as well as a suggestion box.

While inside the café the upper walls are yellow, the entranceway has light grey walls. The café tables have legs that are metal and are painted black with mottled brown tops.

Maple House Café 

I felt the table in the entranceway should be yellow, to carry the customer's eye into the café. Fortunately there was a partial can of yellow paint left over from the renovations, so I could use the same paint that was on the walls.

I used poplar, which is a good wood for painting, and made tapered legs and put a bead along the bottom of the apron. Here it is sitting in my workshop:


 And here is the table in the entranceway (pardon my reflection in the window):

Café Table 

Café Table 

Although this table is small, it took me over 20 hours to plane the wood, cut the pieces, route the beading, glue it together and put on three coats of paint!

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Anchor "Guest Book"

Yesterday I showed a board I made for guests to sign at a wedding reception.  Living on an island, we have many fishers here, especially those who go out for lobsters (yum!)

So, some brides here choose a nautical theme for their wedding day, including shells, lobster traps, buoys and anchors.

I've recently made two anchors to be used at wedding receptions, both are 31" tall and 24" across at the widest spot.  One is white and one is mint green, both are distressed. I've also made a turquoise anchor, it was 27" tall and distressed and covered with a grey stain, which gives a different look, that one was sold as a décor item to hang in someone's home.

Here is how I put together the anchors, it's quite a lot of work picking through the wood. I use basic lumber store strapping and try to find sections without too many knots or cracks.

I glue the pieces side by side, usually sections at a time.

Anchor Being Glued 
I draw my pattern on the back and cut it out with a jigsaw. (Since a jigsaw cuts on the pull, or up stroke, it cuts neater on the underside)

Anchor pattern 
Anchor cut out 
I then paint the anchor, let it dry and sand it. Then I wipe on stain, let dry, paint names and cover with a clear coat.

Turquoise Anchor Covered With Grey Stain
Turquoise Anchor with Grey Stain 

White Anchor With Brown Stain
White Anchor 

Light Green Anchor With No Stain
(Not as dark as photo shows on my screen)
 Green Anchor 

As I wrote, the last two will be used for guests to sign at wedding receptions, and make a great keepsake.

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