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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Rustic Wine Bottle Holder With Korean Plaque on: August 10, 2013 01:49:12 PM
So I think this goes here. My Korean Friend just had his birthday so for his birthday present I got him a bottle of wine and made him a counter or table wine holder. I work with his wife and I asked her what I could put on the plaque in the center and we settled on "Cheers" in Korean. The base is made out of a rafter that came from a salvage yard. It came from a 100 year old house. The uppers were made from a piece of pallet wood. I wanted to keep it rough and keep the saw cuts on the rafter. I used a walnut stain on the wood and then sealed it with lacquer. The plaque is from a piece of firewood that I had outside, cut a round out of it and wood burned it. Then I added some felt to the cradles on the uppers.

Funny side story, I found my wood burner but I had lost the slanted pointed tip for it. I had a piece of brass round stock so I filed down the end to make a slanted point and then cut it to length and put it in the wood burner. Worked pretty well.

Overview with Wine bottle.

Without the bottle

Plaque "Cheers"


Thanks for looking. Any feedback is appreciated.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Gentleman's / Manly Suitcase on: July 22, 2013 05:34:04 AM
He really enjoyed it. His parents were visiting when I brought it over and his Dad kept trying to take the cigars (cause my friend has never smoked one). But all in all he really liked it. i was a little upset with the routing job because the bit kept walking down and getting a little lower so digging in deeper but I think I fixed it well enough. And the wood stained a bit spotty but I think it was just stuff in the wood because it came from a pallet.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Gentleman's / Manly Suitcase on: July 18, 2013 03:56:17 PM
I'm Back Smiley
So for my friends 30th birthday was coming up he had gone through a rough year and I wanted to make him something that would cheer him up but didn't know what. I saw something similar to this that someone else had made and decided it would be a perfect gift for him. I made the whole thing for $35 dollars with some luck goodwill finds. Enjoy:

Case Closed

Open the case to show the manliness contained inside.

- Hatchet (for manly things like chopping trees and fighting bears)
- 2 shot glasses (for drinking by yourself or with another gentleman)
- 1 Flask of Gentleman Jack (A gentlemanly drink if I ever had one)
- A case of Cigars (to smoke and look manly and not girly with little cigarettes)
- An ash tray (To not be a savage while you smoke your manly cigars)
- A deck of card (to play manly games)
- Poker chips (to make gentlemanly wagers)

Contents removed

When you remove everything all the routed out spaces are lined in a dark green felt.

And here are the cigars

Hope you enjoyed

Materials Breakdown
Suit case = $3.50
Ashtray = $0.50
Poker Chips = $1.00
Cigar case = $1.00
Cigars = Free from a friend who works at a cigar shop
Hatchet = $10.00
Deck of cards = $0.50
Shot Glasses = $1.00
Bottle of Gentleman Jack = $15.00
Felt = $1.00
Wood = Scrap wood from a pallet
Stain = Left over from other project
Lacquer = Left over from other project
Leather straps = Scrap leather from other projects
Beads = Donated by my wife
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Hand Made Rocking Horse (Pic Heavy) on: May 05, 2013 04:54:33 PM
I think it is adorable!  I collect rocking horses.  I would be proud to have that steed in my home.  Smiley  I have a rocking horse right now, that I'm hoping to refurbish this summer.  I'll take before and after pics and post them when I'm finished. 
That would be awesome! I would love to see it when it is done.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hand Made Rocking Horse (Pic Heavy) on: May 05, 2013 11:42:42 AM
So this was my first attempt at making a rocking horse. I had gone to the Salvage yard to get some old 2 x 6's to make a shelf out of and when I had finished the shelf I had one 2 x 6 left over. I said to my self "Self, this wood has a nice patina and would make a good rocking horse." So I decided to make one, I think it came out pretty well. We decided to give it to my wife friends daughter for her 1st birthday. So my wife painted the face to be cute for a little girl and not all wood. So I will start with the finished product and then go through my progression of building it.

Finished Product

So I started by cutting out the seat and planing it down. We don't want any splinters in baby bottoms.

Then I cut out the outline of the head

And after planing down the head I chiseled out the jaw line to give it some definition

Then I made some legs.

After sanding everything down I wanted to make sure the head wouldn't wobble so I created a lip at the neck the would sit past the seat, then I cut out a mortise and tenon joint further back to make sure everything was joint together nicely and solid.

I added an oak dowel for the handle and put the top part together.

After a coat of Tung Oil it was looking pretty good.

Attaching the legs and finishing the rockers was annoying and I was so annoyed I didn't take pictures. Before I knew it it was the kids birthday and my wife had already painted the head before I took pictures. I added little ears made out of some scrap leather I had. Here is the completed piece

So from the party this is the only picture I have but she really liked it.

Also when friends and family saw what I was building I don't remember how many times I had to say "No she is not pregnant it is for someone else"
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: TARDIS Yarn Cabinet (pic Heavy) on: April 22, 2013 07:33:41 AM
Thanks Wulf, I debated back and forth about adding the light on top but i figured it would just get in the way as using it for a shelf. And not only has she not watch Dr. Who she has never seen any of the star wars movies. But got the Droid phone that looked like R2D2 because it was awesome.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: TARDIS Yarn Cabinet (pic Heavy) on: April 10, 2013 05:31:25 AM
Thank you, like I said my wife didn't want it to leave the house. and when it didn't fit in the car she was like "I guess that settles it, it stays" but then I moved the seat and got it in Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / TARDIS Yarn Cabinet (pic Heavy) on: April 08, 2013 05:59:28 PM
So it has been a little while but I thought I would throw up one of the projects I did a while back. A friend of mine was moving in with her boyfriend and she was going to have a craft room. Now one of the things she really likes to do is knit so I wanted to make her a unique cabinet to put her yarn and projects etc. in. Well I made her a TARDIS. Now she had never seen the show but her boyfriend agreed that she would like it and it actually prompted her to watch the show so a win win. I am still waiting for a final picture from her with everything set up but without further adieu here is the project. Hope you enjoy it. (wife threatened it wasn't leaving the house)

It just seemed fitting.

Full View

Here are little cubby holes that can be used to store all sorts of things. I also made it so the whole "Pane" section of each window can slide out in case you want to have 1 big cubby on that side, or slide them both out and have 2 big cubbies.

Here is a close up of the poles. I opted for poles that she could hang skeens of yarn from instead of shelves, and added hooks from the top so she could hang the spinning things she uses to make yarn or any other tools that can hang. I did the police box sign by hand... with patience.

Now I am just having some fun

If you have any questions please feel free to ask. Over all dimensions if I remember were HxWxD 48" x 24" x 10".
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / NES Controller Fossil on: January 12, 2013 03:06:43 PM
My friend is building a game room for all his classic video game systems and is looking for art so I decided to make a Fossil of an NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) controller. I created a sand mold of the controller and then used plaster to cast the piece. I used a light wash (a dab of black paint mixed with a lot of water) to bring out the details. Then I built a shadow box for it out of some Pine and under laminate (Painted white inside and black outside). I used a dremil to etch the North American release and Discontinue dates on a small piece of brass to make a plaque. All and all I think it turned out well.
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Fossil Close up

Plaque close up

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10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: My First Art Dolls: Tips and Tricks TUTE from Doll-Making Newbie :) on: January 09, 2013 04:21:31 AM
Very nice
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