Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Time with Pine 2015 #4 Follow up on Show and tell Video


As indicated on the last video on the project channel I was not able to spend any time of consequence in the shop the previous week or so. Life gets so full and busy. I am convinced I could fill several full time jobs just pursuing hobbies and fun things to do. :) 
 Speaking of that my Time with Pine is a day late, I apologize! Again I was busy and was  not even sure I was going to do one this week as my project video was not really even a project per say.      No matter what you make from scraps it always seems to get a lot of appreciation. I suppose so many of us have this common problem of not wanting to throw those small pieces of wood away and yet we don’t know what to do with them. These scrap wood projects are very popular and are a lot of fun! Taking what would seem to be small, useless pieces of wood and making something useful is very satisfying!   
 The cutting boards are nothing special really, you can get creative with the different shapes you make and it also is a lot of fun. Who does not like a cutting board?  
 I am on the mailing list for Mr Tim Schmoyer and his  you tube channel as well “Video Creators” that teach us how to build your youtube channels.  He sent out an email this last week or so and I so identified with the message he put forward. We should not try to get our validation from how many subscribers we have or from how many thumbs up we get on a  video. Not even how successful we feel or don’t feel in regards to our video and the like. 
To quote part of his article 
“As long as we’re looking to other people and YouTube analytics to fulfill that desire to feel wanted, desired, and respected, we will always be chasing something that’s very fleeting. “
 His article in full below is so well done and really is true!  I hope you will take the time to read it and think about what you are trying to accomplish with your channel and your presence on you tube.
 Honestly I got started because I wanted to be a part of it. It looked like so much fun and it is! I also thought hey I can do this!  So I started my humble channel and in many ways it remains humble but I have gotten to meet online many new friends and maybe I will even get to meet them one day in person. If nothing else comes from this then I call that a win! I watch many channels and see many people succeeding in there numbers! Hey great for them! They are working hard at it and I wish them all the success in the world!   The article can be seen from the link below! 
 As always I look forward to what is to come! God bless and see you soon!

Chris


What Most Creators Feel, But Don’t Say

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Show and Tell: Scrap Wood Coasters, Cutting Boards and Model Rockets

This last week or so has been very full and busy. It is a blessing to have things to do with a purpose and it makes time go by seemingly very quickly! I have not gotten into the shop this week for a project but I did manage to finish a few side projects and loose ends. 

 I finished off a few cutting boards from a batch that was started for Christmas. These are small ones that could be used for cheese boards or small serving boards. Maple and cherry and one is all maple. 

 I glued up some very small strips of various woods to make some coasters. It is so simple and I always love how these random strips of wood when glued up look and function for some projects like this. Some of this wood is Mahogany and was originally used in a homes door jamb. They were removing the wall along with this doorway and I salvaged the wood. You can see on one of the coasters the original hole for the latch on the door that it served for many years in its previous life. 

The last item is … what is that?  These are some model rockets that I have had for many years!  I dusted them off and stared making some repairs. Like the one that is green black and white. This is likeness to a  V2 rocket and one of the fins got broken at the last launch. I am remaking a new fin and will glue that in place. Hopefully I will get out again soon and launch some model rockets.  I have no problem admitting that I have used my children to live vicariously through them. My two oldest children many years ago when they were small would go out and launch rockets together.  If you have never tried model rocketry Don’t! It is very addictive and very fun! :)   That is of course unless you are ok with that! 


Thanks for all of your kind support! 


Friday, January 16, 2015

How to make a Galileo Thermometer Wall Shelf

I bought this old times Galileo thermometer several years ago at a garage sale and I really like it. I needed a way to safely and nicely display it so I am building a shelf for that purpose. 


 I need a upper piece to hold the top of the long cylinder as to not let it tip over and come crashing down to the floor. Also a simple way to secure the bottom so it will not work its way off of the shelf.  
I made the shelf from a piece of walnut that I had and simplicity is the name of the game with this. Very simple yet the walnut is hard to make it look bad. Beautiful work and simple project. equals a beautiful wall decoration! 
 I cut the pieces out and used little glue and some pan head wood screws that I counter bored so the screw heads sat beneath the surface. 

The top piece that holds the top of the cylinder has a hole drilled through it and surrounds the op of the cylinder so if it should for some reason get bumped it will prevent the thermometer from tipping over.




I cut the top of the backer board in the shape of the top of the thermometer for a nice look.

T finish it I use done of my favorite finished for walnut Danish oil in a natural color. 

Fun project and is one less thing sitting on a shelf just waiting to fall off and get broken. 

Thanks for all your support! 
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Friday, January 9, 2015

How to make a Fire Wood Holder from an old washing machine Tub.

This old washing machine tub was what my father used in our home growing up to store firewood by the fire place. When my father passed away in November of 2012  and upon the settling of his estate I was able to get this item with all of its sentimental value to me for use in my home.  To many folks including many in my family this is just an old piece of junk. It indeed could be sold for scrap metal I suppose but I like my fathers idea and I suspect he got this from his parents home in Iowa. 
It appears to be a drum from an older washing machine of some type. It is large as washing machines go!  It was painted by my father in later years this turquoise blue color. He was very fond of that color for some reason and painted this that color the outside of his house, his kitchen cabinets and even a stripe on his truck. He truly was enamored with this color. To be honest I am not as fond of it as he was.  :)
 I paint the tub a “Dark Bronze” color form the paint that says it is a “Hammered Metal” finish. It looked good in the store and it proved to not disappoint when I used it. I like this deep dark color.  The base is very simple a piece of 3/4 inch plywood cut into a circle a little smaller than the circumference of the tub. Castors are screwed into the plywood and then the tub is screwed onto this platform.  I painted the plywood base flat black after priming it. 
 This item while it may be just a piece of metal has sentimental value to me as I remember it form some of my earliest memories. I can honestly remember how much larger this seemed when I was a little tike. I can remember pulling up on the edge to stretch my chin over the edge to look in.  I will enjoy using it by my fire place!
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Monday, January 5, 2015

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

How to make a Grocery Bag Holder


I make a box with two holes in it! :)   This is a very simple project that I have been needing to make for a long time. These grocery bags are like the old Start Trek episode the Trouble with Tribbles. These bags seem to reproduce in the drawer or wherever they are kept. This simple box that hangs on the wall will serve as a go to location for retrieval and storage.   The wood I use is repurposed scraps that I glued together to make boards and replaced the wood to make it usable. Red Oak is very good at this as it seems to go together even if the grain is not matching when glued up. This is a fun quick project that is useful for the home. 
Very Basic procedure make the box the size you would like it to be. I made mine largely based on the wood I was using and the area I was going to be placing it. I then located two holes two inches in diameter on the lower front and top of the box.  I also secured the top with small headed screws to allow for removal if needed in the future.   First published project of 2015 on this 1st of January! I hope you all had a great new years eve! God Bless and I so look forward to 2015! 

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