Thursday, June 28, 2018

Latest Project

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Just finished another bookcase for the living room. I've been trying to come up with something that I could easily access from my chair. Not that I'm lazy (OK I am) but I didn't want to have to get up from the chair and reach around in front of a normal bookcase.

This ought to do the job.

In looking around for inspiration, I came across this, which gave me the idea of "side shelves."  That would solve the problem of easy access from the chair for the current book, current beverage, and glasses.  Also a magazine rack at the bottom big enough for crossword puzzles.  Still need to install a little rod to keep the mags from falling out.

As usual, this one started out with an Adobe Illustrator drawing:

Carved "Roycroft Roses" designed in the early 1900s by a guy named Dard Hunter. You often see this rose and variations of it in Arts & Crafts graphics.

The side cabinets are easily removable to make it easier to haul off to the Goodwill when I'm dead...:)
Found these lovely handmade dragonfly tiles from a small shop in Ohio

Stay Tuned!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Watching High Drama from my back porch

Sometimes it gets exciting out here in the boondocks.  Check out this 3-minute video. 
Turn up the volume and go to full screen if you can.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Redneck Recliner

During construction of the house, the carpenters taught us how to kick back in a wheelbarrow.

Good Bro-in-Law Danny liked it so much, he and sweet wife Jo bought me a new one as a housewarming gift.

When Danny came to visit me recently, we decided to get fancy and we made wood slats to go in the new "redneck recliner."  Each slat had to be scribed, beveled and fitted, one at a time, so it kept us entertained for several hours and several beers.

Varrnishing all four sides of the wooden handles presented a challenge, solved by these little jigs.
Dan suggested I paint the tub in a cool brownish red called "Caliente," which was Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year this year, but my local farm supply didn't have that, so I got something I like just as much if not better:

International Harvester Red
An appropriate color for a Redneck Recliner!
(Sorry Kenny and Joy... John Deere Green was my first idea, but the red goes better with my rug...)

Between what my mama taught me and a few YouTube videos, I managed to make some cushions to finish off the project. Surprisingly comfortable!

My ship

Danny wasn't the only one to visit me recently.  Old buddy Bruce came down from Washington for a few days and we made a Plexiglas case for the ship model he built for me a few years ago.  It's a 52" long replica of the destroyer I served on in the 60s.  Went around the world in that ship.

The beautifully detailed model occupies a place of honor in my study/guest room.

Gluing Plexiglas requires injecting water-thin glue using a syringe and needle.  Luckily Bruce is a retired veterinarian.

USS Davis DD 937 as configured for Vietnam, 1966

Monday, February 19, 2018

Hall Tree

Latest project: a place for coats and boots just inside the back door.

As Always, the project started out in Adobe Illustrator.

Note supervising dog

Thursday, December 7, 2017

A New Piece of Furniture

Firewood is a necessity in an off-the-grid home, but it's so messy. I've heated a couple of homes with wood, and piling logs next to the stove leaves dirt and wood crumbs all over the floor.

So I put on my inventor's cap.  Here's what I came up with.

The heart of the piece is a heavy-duty canvas bag for bringing in the night's wood from the porch.  Because it's a bag and not just a sling, it keeps all the mess contained.

To make the bag hold its shape so it would slip into my cabinet, I made a plywood inner box that stays inside the bag.

The top drawer holds home-made fire starters, lighters, gloves, etc. and the bottom drawer is for kindling.

Now I need some kind of box for the porch so I don't have to go out to the woodshed in the dark of night.

Stay tuned!

Monday, November 27, 2017

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