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Discussion in 'The Display Case' started by scotrace, Oct 28, 2007.

  1. scotrace

    scotrace Head Bartender Staff Member

    The ladies have their "Show us What You Made" thread, so this is a little more open to both ladies and gentlemen.

    Many of us live in old houses, and that requires that you become pretty inventive and learn new skills, unless you are in a position to hire tradesmen to do everything.

    Let's see some of the projects you've been working on, either building or creating!

    Here are a few of mine. Please allow plenty of slack for lousy photography and the occasional stray extension cord. :)
    I added a paneled wall in the dining room, with a shelf above to hold My Mrs' Williamsburg building collection.



    There were open spaces at each side of the chimney, so I added bookcases.


    This is a cabinet for the television. Inside are stashed the Tivo, VCR and PS2, along with all the VHS Disney movies no one watches anymore. It's loosely based on an Arts & Crafts wardrobe I saw.


    I made this primitive candle box after seeing something similar at a craft show. It's now the dumping place for candle stubs and other wax items that will be melted to make others.


    The two really fussy things I've made are reproductions of a colonial era mirror found at Old Sturbridge Village, and a pipe box (just finished) that was found in Virginia. I'm not happy with the proportions of the box, but it'll do.


    I made this hat shelf.


    And reupholstered this chair.


    I don't have much of a workshop, just a wobbly bench and a bunch of hand tools. The next big project is to make a base cabinet for an early 1800's hutch top we've had for ages. Somehow, the top got separated from its base long ago, and the top was converted to a floor-standing shelf unit. The base will have to have drawers and cupboard doors - I don't know if I can put off learning to make dovetail joints much longer. The whole project is pretty intimidating. Then the living room gets a paneled wall like the one in the dining room, the back porch gets removed and rebuilt as a small enclosed room, the exposed roof rafter tails need attention, and there's plenty of trim painting to be done.
  2. Very nice Scott. :eusa_clap
  3. fatwoul

    fatwoul Practically Family

    This is cool. The shelf above the hats probably helps keep the dust off them for a little longer, and it means that rotation of your hats is easy cos the others (at least some of them) are on the shelf above.

    Where's the fun in doing it with fancy, complicated tools? There's no scope for improvisation, and it's never as rewarding as if you do it your own way, with more limited resources. You should put a picture of your workshop in this thread.

    Yeah, but just think how pleased you'll be when (not "if") it is finished. Again, there's not much fun to be had if there's no challenge to it, right?

    Thanks for sharing these projects. This thread is going to be really good one, I suspect.
  4. Scotrace, very nice. Thank you for sharing. I hope your wife appreciates you.
  5. Lotus Leroux

    Lotus Leroux One of the Regulars

    Wow Scotrace! Nice work. Thanks for sharing.
  6. Mid-fogey

    Mid-fogey Practically Family

    Great work...

    ...on your projects.

    On the Williamsburg collection, do you folks ever come to Williamsburg?
  7. scotrace

    scotrace Head Bartender Staff Member

    Thanks for the kind words. I'm anxious to see what our members have made.

    We have been to Williamsburg many times, but not for several years. We were there so often I think we kind of burned out on it! But we're talking about going again.
  8. Rooster

    Rooster Practically Family

    Good Golly Scott you're a talented man!:eusa_clap I envy your ability, and would love to have the time to do some of that sort of thing. We live on a mini farm here with 80 year old buildings, so that generally takes up most of my spare time just maintaining old structures, that and taking care of the sheep and chickens. Yesterday I repaired fence all day and today I'll get the chicken coops ready for winter.:eusa_doh:
    But, I am fairly clever with my hands, as my every day job will show. www.fowlingguns.com
    All the things you have built are fabulous, but that mirror is a real stunner!
  9. PADDY

    PADDY I'll Lock Up Bartender

    All hands to the decks...

  10. PADDY

    PADDY I'll Lock Up Bartender

    A little bit of Havanna...(antique tiles)

  11. Hemingway Jones

    Hemingway Jones I'll Lock Up Bartender

    Wow! Scott what amazing talent. What beautiful pieces! I am thoroughly impressed! :eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap

    And Paddy, great work. So much talent.
  12. Mid-fogey

    Mid-fogey Practically Family

    I can understand...

    ...that. We have the "local" passes and I've long since forgotten how many times we've been there. PM us if you make the trek again.
  13. Mid-fogey

    Mid-fogey Practically Family

    I posted...

    ...these in the house thread.

    Our house had a broken pediment over the front door. When I repainted I discovered bad wood rot from water intrusiton. I decided to put build a pedimented portico out from the house to prevent a recurrance.

    It worked out pretty well and stopped the problem.

    The before at a distance


    After, unpainted


    After, also unpainted (its painted now)

  14. zaika

    zaika One Too Many

    wow wow wow!!! :eek: :eek:
    you gentlemen are so talented!!
  15. Mid-fogey

    Mid-fogey Practically Family


    ...is my stair project.

    Our stairs were made for carpet, and the previous owners wanted wood stairs, so they stripped the carpet and stained the stairs green. While I applaud their willingness to try, the result was quite bad. The stairs were pine and badly split, the rails were wobbly, etc. My wife hated them, but didn't say anything because she didn't know I could do anything about them. When she finally did tell me, I got to work and rebuilt them.

    It was a complete job down all the way to the stringers.


  16. BJBAmerica

    BJBAmerica A-List Customer

    Nice work one and all....Scott, that Colonial style mirror is simply stunning. I receive a gift catalog from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello on a regular basis and they have been offering a similar mirror in there for several hundred dollars....You should seriously think about making some of these to sell....I know you'd have a loyal customer in me......Everything is fabulous!! :eusa_clap
  17. B.J. Hedberg

    B.J. Hedberg Practically Family

    Thought I’d give this thread a bump and post my last project.

    As a renter, I needed someplace dignified to keep the books, but easy enough to disassemble and move, so I came up with this 7 piece breakfront. Currently I’m working on a more appropriately scaled replacement pediment for it, and trying to design a Georgian/Art deco hybrid bookcase to go along with it.

  18. Undertow

    Undertow My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Wow, that is beautiful! Nice job! How did you do that?
  19. B.J. Hedberg

    B.J. Hedberg Practically Family

    Thanks. I pretty much just used basic kitchen cabinet style construction since I was going to paint it.

    It uses 1/8” plywood for the back, with a hodgepodge of whatever solid wood I could find cheap (Aspen, Oak, Maple, Cherry, and Poplar), most of it pre-sized, pre-packaged lumber from the local home center. Each section has two hardwood sides screwed and dowelled to the top piece and the bottom shelf, with holes drilled every inch to take movable shelf pins on the inside facing. Since I was painting it, I just nailed on a face frame, and hid the screws and dowelling behind the moldings. The doors are basic 3/8” overlay doors; and each section is joined to its neighbors with a hex screw and threaded insert.

    Almost all the horizontal moldings I picked up or ordered from the woodworking store. Only the gooseneck molding was difficult, and for that I just made up a series of templates based on a scale drawing; routered out each different shape on a different piece of wood; and then glued and nailed it all together. Since I don’t have lathe, I bought two different finials, cut them in pieces, and glued them together to create the style I was looking for. A good sanding, some primer and paint, and a few sheets of glass and that was just about it. Without any major curves, it was a pretty easy project and has gotten quite a few of my books out of boxes in the closet.
  20. JamesOldBean

    JamesOldBean New in Town

    Trunk Project

    I have been collecting old wardrobe trunks for a while (as well as other stuff) and i thought i would have a go at restoring one. Not quite finnished yet but it think it looks good so far for a first attempt. Cost me £26 on Ebay.
    After i had taken it apart it got a bit scarey looking at the mess i had made, and wondered if it would all go back together again! But it did, so i think i'll try some more after this one.

    Metalwork was rotten and someone had painted all the outside black.



    Drawers were falling appart and mouldy

    Outside recovered with thick furniture fabric and interior relined. All metal parts Nickel plated.



    I used pop rivets with Chrome furniture tacks superglued on top to make them look more vintage.

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