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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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Wedding "Guest Book"

Apparently it's common these days for the bride and groom to have a large board or sign at their wedding reception for guests to sign their names on. I've made a few.

This one is 5 boards glued together and stained. The bride-to-be wanted the edges to be darker and uneven, so I sanded the middle section only. I then painted their initials and wedding date.  They used a permanent marker for the guests to write on the board.  This piece was about 30" wide and 16" tall. It's a nice keepsake that the couple can hang in their house for many years to come.

guest book 

Thanks to the bride, Annie, for sending me this photo of the "guest book" at the reception:

guest book 

Tomorrow I'll post a couple more guest books that I recently made.

I enjoy working with brides, maybe you know a bride I can make something for?

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Bridging the Gap

I still have renovations to complete at my shop, but thankfully most are minor.

I had this gap between the floor in the retail shop (the lighter coloured laminated not the bottom of the photo below) and the floor in the kitchen area, where I paint my projects. (Which reminds me that I haven't shown the kitchen on my blog)

Instead of buying a metal or wood piece to fit, I made one myself out of a scrap piece of poplar. I guess this is officially called a threshold.

Because there is a difference between the floor heights, I needed to clean out part of one long edge. I used my table saw with dado blades set up. I usually start by taking out just about half of what needs to go and then try putting the piece in place to see how much more to take out. This probably doesn't make sense to read, but if you see the photo of the finished strip, I hope it becomes more clear.

floor filler 
The narrower part on the left will go over the darker laminate and cover the holes and worn marks, the thicker portion will cover the ends of the newer retail floor. I put a few coats of a clear acrylic polyurethane on it.

Since the threshold is so thin, I decided to glue it down, something I may regret doing if I want to change the kitchen floor. In that case I'll have to make a new piece because I will most likely have to break it to remove it.

Of course, my door would no longer close and I had to remove it and trim a little off the bottom. At some point this door had already been cut, and I just used an exacto knife (box cutter) to trim off less than 1/8".

Well now I don't have dust and wood shavings gathering in the space between the two floors, it looks much neater.

floor threshold  

Now on to more creative endeavours!

Julie Rose  

Friday, September 9, 2016

Improving the Bakery Sign

If you recall, I made a sign for a new local bakery and café.  I was pleased with how the sign turned out except for one issue I had with it.

Let me backtrack a bit. The sign was to go in the entrance of the bakery, which has yellow walls and white trim. My sign has a grey background, which I thought would show up well against the yellow. Only problem is that the entranceway doesn't have yellow walls, it has grey walls. Something that I apparently did not realize when I made the sign. 

Bakery Sign Before 

I went and removed the sign and made a backing board to fit behind it.

Bakery Sign After 

I think it's much better like this!

I'll post something else I made for the bakery in a few days.



Thursday, September 8, 2016

Two New Seahorse Wall Hangings

I quickly made two new seahorses similar to the one I shared in my last post

The new wall hangings are smaller and not quite the same.  I used beadboard but didn't cut out the seahorse shape, instead I routed a groove around the shape and painted inside the line.

I sanded the whole piece and then framed one with old wood, probably strapping, and the other with old Barnboard. 

These pieces are each about 22" high and 11" wide.



Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Sale of a Seahorse That Wasn't For Sale

I made a different type of seahorse wall décor at least a month ago and had it hanging in my shop. It wasn't for sale because I really liked it and wanted to eventually have it in my house.  A few people have asked the price because I didn't have a price sticker. So I did put a piece of masking tape with the words "Sorry not for sale" on it. 

Well, I sold it to a customer who really liked it and made me an offer!

This piece evolved, as many of mine do.

This seahorse creation is 30" high x 16" wide.

I first decided to cut a seahorse shape out of a scrap piece of beadboard, left over from my house's bathroom make over. The initial idea was to have the wall show in the cutout empty area. After cutting it out however, I thought the seahorse needed to be filled in. I put some turquoise stain on a piece of thin plywood and held it behind the seahorse shape but it still needed something else so I lightly sanded the turquoise so that it wasn't a solid colour. I glued the stained piece on the back and then sanded the beadboard.  The final step was making a frame out of scrap wood. 

Julie Rose