Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bakery Signs

My daughter got a job at the local bakery that recently moved and opened a café on the premises.  I really appreciate all they have done to assist her.

I made two signs for them, this one is by the front of the bakery/café and everyone that goes there passes by it on their way inside:

The bakery is run through Community Inclusions, a non-profit organization that provides support to adults with intellectual disabilities.  I found this quote on their facebook page, so I made this sign for them as well:

Hope you like these!

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Coat Racks Inspired by Fishing Huts

I have been working hard at getting a few extra things ready for my shop, I have some new signs and wall décor and also some coat hangers made.

 As I've said before, I live in a beautiful island province where there are many small fishing villages. Things are just gearing up for the new season.  We, here on Prince Edward Island are known for lobsters, oysters, snow crabs, many types of fish and even eels!

This is a photo I took  last year of nearby Miminegash, where there are colourful fishing huts:

Here's a hut with a message for tourists!

The colourful huts across the island inspired this coat rack made from pallet wood:


and this one, basically the same but a little less distressed:


These coat racks are about 18" wide and about 7" tall.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

DIY Toilet Roll Holder

No toilet roll holder?  Use a clamp!  Holds one to three rolls.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Shop Counter

I have been working for the last couple of days on a counter for my retail shop. Because I don't have much square footage in that room I wanted a counter that was not too large.  I read an article a few years ago about selling at craft shows, which said that when you have customers it is best not to sit nor display your crafts at a regular table height. I found this to be true, because customers are usually standing, and if you are sitting on a chair, they are looking down on you.  So... my counter would be made at a height that I could use while seated on a bar stool.

I decided to use 1" x 4" wood and paint the wood different colours and then distress them.  This is how I make a lot of my products, with the distressed look.

Since I am on an island, I chose beach type colours... white, two shades of turquoise and two shades of blue.

I laid out the pieces of wood to see how many I would need side-by-side to make the front of my counter and figured that ten pieces would be best.  That ends up being about 36" wide.  I used only four pieces for the sides and it is U-shaped.

Horizontally, on the top and bottom of the painted pieces I used some worn looking 1" x  6" pieces of wood that were "hanging around!"

Here's a side section, the painted boards are pin nailed to the horizontal ones:

The top was made with four pieces of the same 1" x 6" boards, which kind of look like barn board, they are a nice grey-brown.  The top overhangs the front and sides by about 1 1/4".

Step right up, I'd be happy to serve you!

Darn... now I have to find a stool, I'm not sure I want to make one, but who knows?

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Island Related Wall Décor

I spend a lot of time (still) trying to ready my shop to open. Including days just stripping a hand rail that was painted white. It leads upstairs to where I have three bedrooms that are currently being used for storage and need a good painting. I've painted the sides of the stairway walls and some of the upstairs hallway. They were all in poor condition, yellowed from smoke, and needed a good covering primer before I painted them.

This is a "before" photo, I haven't taken an "after."

Because of this time consuming and uncreative work, I need to stop every now and then and make something to sell in the shop. If you are creative, you will know what I mean!

Because my store will be in an area that gets tourists from late May until late September, (and that's being optimistic)  I need to have some tourist type products that relate to the beautiful island I live on.

So, I've been working on mermaids, lobsters, anchors, boats, lighthouse, cottage and beach themed items. I'll just show one today, because although I have photos, I really haven't much time these days for blogging, so they aren't organized yet.

I got this idea from seeing something similar but larger, on a couple blogs and thought I'd try it.

I cut three 15 1/2" long pieces out of a 1" x 4" board and painted one piece light blue, one darker blue and one beige/brown. As you can see, I didn't paint a solid colour, rather some variations and purposely visible brush strokes:

Then I sanded each piece:

And then put a liquid stain over top and wiped off most of it:

After that dried I added a top coat of polyurethane:

It was fun and easy to do, and a distraction from painting walls, but I feel it needs something else... a lighthouse or boat maybe?  (Or even the letters PEI in the bottom right corner for Prince Edward Island.)

Friday, March 4, 2016

Rolling Assembly and Parts Cart

I have had this cart for quite a few years.  It started out as something a friend got me years ago, as part of a skateboard ramp set for my kids to use.  I put locking casters on the bottom, a shelf in the middle and carpet on the top and used it in my shop.

That was in my last shop.  The problem with the new shop is that the cart won't fit through the doorway and also won't fit between the end of my table saw and the corner of the wall beside it.

Rolling carts like this are great for putting parts on.  I have used this to move wood from the jointer to the planer and then to the table saw.  I used to put clamps on the shelf.  You can glue parts together or do other types of jobs with this cart, it's really handy.

So, I took one side off, cut the horizontal cross pieces and top and put it back together.  I painted it and have not yet put a shelf in the middle.

Now it fits through the door!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Clamp and Tool Racks on French Cleats

I use French Cleats to hang the tool racks in my shop.  I actually moved these from my old workshop. French Cleats make it easy to hang different types of pieces and also allows them to be moveable.

Here is a basic diagram of how the cleat works.  The back of the cleat is slanted (usually 45 degrees) leaving a gap between the wall and the cleat. The clamp rack then has a piece on the back of it that fits into that gap and "locks" into place.

I have clamp racks to fit the different clamps that I have.  I cut a slot to hold each clamp. Some clamps have a wider neck, so therefore I have different widths of slots depending on what I want the rack to hold.

I made my racks out of maple, with plywood cleats.  The slots are cut on the table saw using the sliding cutoff sled that I made a few years ago:

You can also use dado blades set to the width of the slots, but this is just as easy.  I mark the width I need the slot to be and then clamp the board to the back of the sled and run it through the saw with the blade at the height I need to make the proper length of slot.  I then move the board and run it through again to widen the slot.  This photo might make more sense than my description:

As I said, I have a few of these for the different clamps I have:

I also have a rack for my screwdrivers.  It is the same basic idea except there are no slots, instead there are holes drilled in the horizontal top piece, for the screwdrivers to fit into.

Another cleat holds my pegboard:

It makes things go smoother when you have a place for your tools and you know where they are.  It can be so frustrating to spend time looking for a clamp or screwdriver right in the middle of a project, so I try to put them away after using them.  Of course it also keeps things off the floor!

Do you use French Cleats?