Thursday, August 17, 2017

Cast Iron + Wood Repurpsed 6


Building a top from re-purposed wood for an ornate cast iron table base. 

This is the almost finished project.

Some projects take awhile - the drying time between the shellac and the varnish layers slowed the finished project to a very slow crawl.

The ornate very heavy cast iron garden table base was found at a church fund raising garage sale in July.

Making the top: planning and construction

After stubbing a toe on the base I knew the base needed a large enough top to protect tender feet from accidental knocks. Out it went to the front deck into a quiet corner along with the remains of the TV Trolley (which was part of this project) and a faux round white curb find (which was used to test for size).

This is where re-purposing comes into the story.

DH took the top surface of the 20 year + rolling trolley that supported our now old and humongous TV - here is the 'getting ready to leave the house' birthday cake photo that had the TV on the trolley in the background. We walked around it for weeks and weeks, piled things on top, treated it like it belonged just for awhile longer. It was such a relief to see it finally go.

(the rest of the story was having a friend with teen age boys come and haul that amazingly heavy TV to recycling for us this week - thank you Scott - you did a very good deed).

Some of this project was worked on when I wasn't looking (so no pictures) but here are the left over pieces after cutting the table shape happened.

DH glued and clamped the boards he pried off the top of the trolley to make a rectangular shape. Those boards had been nailed on with a great many 3 " nails to that frame - made for a very sturdy base and involved small pry bar, hammer, larger pry bar and a lot of muscle to remove. When DH built it all those many years ago he built it to last.

Used the round faux piece to the wood as the pattern (it was 1" too wide for the glued up wooden rectangle. Next up was using a string and a pin and a pencil to make a circle. Still not right.

The idea of a semi-oval took root. Curved on two sides and straight on the other two.

DH redrew the shape, cut it out with the jig saw and sanded everything into a pleasing clean oval-ish surface and edge.

Some discussion on finish, decided to go with natural finish. Started with shellac on both sides to seal and keep the wooden top from bowing (read pictures left to right, down and left).

Tip - used push pins on the underside so it could be flipped over for each layer of shellac and varnish (saved some drying time).

Next up was the first coat of Circa 1850 Stain N Varnish Gel, first to the bottom and then the top. 

This will be repeated 2 more times after each coat dries.

Getting closer to adding the top to the base (evening photo).


Top will be attached to the base from underneath with screws. A bit more work, more pictures to come, maybe in my next post.

Wild roses from way up country, such a sweet scent.

Thanks DH

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

August Garden Update

How did my garden grow this  summer?

There was some sunshine before the smoke from the fires which have covered many large areas of BC - grey smokey smog that hasn't yet let up so it is a bit of a treat to see a photo that has some sun.

The roses flowered beautifully with the hot dry weather as long as they were watered. I was very happy with their abundance.

DGS brought back some more pieces of driftwood to add to the flower borders.

The tomatoes in pots did ok - the cherry tomatoes did the best - I will remember that for next year. Delicious. 

I think I will plant the larger sized tomatoes in my garden bed next year although I am still contemplating adding a raised bed close to the back of the house for the tomatoes - roof overhang would keep the worst of the rain off the tomato plants but I am going to continue to observe the sunshine hours in that area.

Beans did well so next year I will add 2 more pole bean towers and double the green beans.

Kale - did well, ready to eat in early June. I want to try out the red kale as well next year.

Dahlia - all surprises since I bought the tubers at various church sales. They finally started blooming in very late July.

Blue berries did well except for the 2 dogs digging and running through the bushes so I surrounded the 3 bushes with chairs, plywood, wire fence pieces and buckets (handy stuff). 

I took the flower photos before the smoke blotted out the sun but I did want you to see how pretty the flowers were. 

Window boxes - I will plant dusty miller again, maybe add 3 to each box next year. The red geraniums did best, the sweet peas are finished (about 10 days after this photo). 

I hand watered the raised garden area and the flowers plus gave the various tree/bush roots several good soakings during the past 6 weeks, grass I let dry out, it always comes back with the fall rainy weather and the summer bonus is no mowing.

You can see the smokey skies in the pictures below - no depth past about 1/2 block from my yard and a haze over everything.

A good front and back yard weed and clean up as well as trimming the trees that winter weather reshaped yielded 22 large garden paper bags and 2 trips to green recycling. 

Thank you to Val who did the garden cleanup and shaping work.

Again the area has with easy access to the hose tap, gardening supplies, backyard gate. The trees that bent backwards from the weight of the winter snow have been trimmed to look pretty again, their new growth is doing well.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Building a Sign Repurposed 5

I have  wanted to make a long sign to hang above my booths for some time.

This was not a quick project but with Judy helping and inventing as she worked and me re-learning the upgrade on the Cricut software and making the VintageGreen sign ... we managed. We worked together for about 3 hours on this project.

Part 1 - Cutting the stencil 

It took me about an hour of messing around getting everything to the right font, size, figuring out where the Cricut software changes had occurred, making the slices  after the stencils were the right size. Ruler/pen/tape used to line up the 3 pieces to make the stencil.

Learned more about sizing letters to fit the available space, cut off the 'a' so VintageGreen would fit. (also learned to unplug then plug in the Cricut printer and power when it refused to talk to the computer - that fixed that problem).

Taped in place, used a VERY dry brush and stenciled 'VintageGreen'.

Hand painted the 'slice spaces'. Used a fine lining brush to dab lightly/fill in, then stenciled two butterflies.

Part 2 - painting the 82" board, making round signs and attaching.

The long board was already primed so one coat of ASCP White was all it needed. 8 inches cut off to get the 82" length, ends were sanded before painting the board outside on the deck. Temperatures rose and we moved inside to carry on with the work. 

Always good to get some extra help. Reality shots -  kitchen as the workshop.

Judy painted the edges of the basket plate holders and the VintageGreen blank sign edge with CeCe Caldwell Santa Fe Turquoise. I printed the words (font size 110) and Judy used a bowl for the circle sizes. She attached the words with a large pink button (sewed on through the sign and basket plate holder).

Planned the placement of the round signs before attaching.


Part 3 - putting it all together and installing

Took one photo in the living room before loading the sign into the van (along with step ladder, drill/bits/screws).

The board was attached with 3" screws (6) by DH, the Vintage Green sign is 'loose', hanging from cup hooks and the round paper plate holders are attached to the board with thumb tacks so making changes to match the season should be fairly simple. 

Total cost to make the long sign was $9.75

long board $2.00 from Habitat for Humanity Restore
6 basket plate holders 25¢ garage sale 
6 large pink buttons from a Looney store, about 25¢ worth, 
paint (used about $5.00 worth from my supplies)
paper about $1.00 (from my supplies), 
sign blank $1.00, garage sale find, re-painted it white with turquoise border
cup hooks from garage sale 25¢

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