Friday, May 27, 2016

Recycled Build By DGS Desk

Grade 6 and 7 students at my grandson's school have a Genius Hour assignment. Each day they were to work on their self-chosen project for one hour.

The project started on April 5, finished May 24 and presented in class May 30 by video (each student made a video) and when possible the actual project.

Students could choose to work with partners or by themselves. Grandson (B) decided he wanted to build a desk for himself using only pre-used materials. 

I decided to share his process in a post because I am so proud of B and his decision to make a desk.

Genius Hour 2 month progress. Started April 5th.

Spiders and webs and dirt.

Tried out some great old black posts from my collection for the legs. Hauled, washed.

The vintage well worn black posts were too big for B's desk legs but the posts are now free from spiders and dirt and if you have read my recent posts, the posts make a  great background for photos.

There was a lot of discussion about what could be used to build a  recycled materials desk and how that might happen.

Starting to work on the legs:

B went out behind the shed and found a couple of 2x4's that were supposed to be part of a dog house. Measured.

Cut to length.

These were turned into the legs with Grandpa's help (a lot of help) with the table saw. B wasn't really allowed to use the table saw. Four legs were cut down from the 2x4 lengths. There were safety lessons using a table saw included.

Figuring out what to use for the desk frame:

B found a well used small well used shelf and hauled it in from the shed and removed the shelf and metal braces. 

This became the frame for the desk. A piece of plywood was needed for the 'bottom' and there was just enough 1/4" plywood left over from our 2007 kitchen reno (floor). Cut, trimmed and sanded by B.

B measured the inside of the frame and used those measurements to draw the lines on the plywood. 

He cut the plywood to fit inside the frame bottom for the desk.

A bit more cutting was needed to make a good fit. He drew a line with a set square first.

B glued the plywood to the back of the shelf (now it is the inside base of the frame) and weighed the base until it was dry.

Supplies Brought Together:

The top of the desk is left over from a curb side find that Grandpa removed when he took the desk apart (used the drawers for a kitchen drawer project, see here).

The only 'bought' items are the 8 each of bolts and nuts, washers and acorn nuts. Couldn't find enough matching bits and pieces in our various junk containers.

More Working on Legs:

The Drill Press was used (Grandpa and B) to make 8 holes in the legs (2 in each). The marks for each hole were carefully measured and marked before drilling.

The holes had to be finished with a hand drill. 

Matching leg holes to frame:

The legs and the frame had to be drilled (matching) so a lot of careful measuring, 
checking for accuracy, drilling and sanding happened.

The leg pieces were each placed on the marks the frame and they were carefully matched to the previously drawn lines/marks so that the table legs were all placed equally in place.

A hand drill was used to drill through the leg holes into the frame. Each leg and frame match was numbered (1, 2, 3, 4) so the matches could be made later then covered with painters tape so they wouldn't be painted out.

Underpainting the legs and frame:

Next up was painting the frame and legs. Used Zinsser oil base stain block (left over from another project). Borrowed my paint brushes,.

The frame and legs were painted with 2 coats of Zinsser.

Next up - painting the frame black with paint left over from another project and surprise, chalk-clay turquoise inside the frame. DGS could tell the difference in ease of painting between the latex black and the chalk-clay turquoise.

Legs were bolted to the frame.

The black paint was over painted with white after the legs were attached. B decided to make the desk all white outside.

Wheels (thrifted) were added. Hinges and safety hinge to lid/frame attached, BAM 2016 stencilled.

The desk has secret storage (inside, that was B's idea when he first decided on his project).

He plans to use this desk for years and years and years. Great project for a 12 year old and his Grandpa.

Finished. Project presented in class. Desk in his room.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Tutorial - Stencilling Individual Letters

My stencilling work area is often the corner of the kitchen table.

Before I touch paint and brush I plan the word I want to stencil (from individual letters). In this example I am using 4 inch letters.

I make myself a paper plan, including the space between each letter. Next I tape the bottom line for the letters and the beginning and end of the word as it matches the paper plan.

I like to use the thickest mil plastic possible when stencilling to help keep the letters from tearing. It is the same for larger theme stencils from Donna of Funky Junk Interiors or Angie of Knick of Time. I bought the Alphabet stencils from Michaels.

I organize the letters I want to use just to make the stencilling go as quickly as possible.

I tape each letter (one at a time) in place as well as hold down (blue only) areas where I am stencilling. I have newspaper handy to dab OFF paint from the stencil brush so I get a VERY light dabber as I stencil. The stencils I am using are a heavy mil plastic.

I also tape edges of a letter to make sure I do not stencil outside of the (T) letter - and it is a good idea to do that BEFORE you start the stencilling of a letter.

As each letter was stencilled and dry to touch I added the next letter. I checked my distance between each letter with a ruler as I taped the letter in place.

I removed all the tape, collected my supplies, cleaned things up and put them away.

And what was I stencilling TOOLS on?  A carpenters tool box.

The final touch was to sand the letters down to show wear and give the entire tool box a clear coat of wax and then a polish.

Since I frequently write posts about stencilling I decided I would write a reference stencilling post, using individual letters to make words. I will be linking back to this post if an example of 'how' is needed. 

Clean Up Sequence I Use:

As soon after stencilling each stencil should be cleaned. I use water (since I used chalk-clay paint) and dish soap. I usually have some water in the sink and drop the used stencils in to soak. I rub the paint off each stencil paying extra attention to NOT bending or pulling on the thin lines (see 0). I pat the stencils dry and clip them back with the rest of the letter set.

Judy of North Ora had a suggestion about not cleaning a stencil to make the stencil stiffer. I am going to try that with the very thin plastic stencils next time I use one. 

I have also learned that I need to carefully clean any paint from the inside rim of the paint lid (screw on lid) and from the outside rim of the paint container (again, screw on) so that the paint doesn't dry to itself and make opening the container next time difficult when you want to use it again. I read recently that putting a piece of plastic wrap between the container and lid before screwing the lid on is a good idea. I am going to try that too.

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