Saturday, February 9, 2013

Whales Watch Vacation Rentals : The Ultimate A-Frame

Whales Watch Vacation Rentals : The Ultimate A-Frame: I went out to look at a new vacation rental on Mercer Lake and spotted this.  I thought to myself is that a 6 sided A-Frame?  Holy ...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Door as a hall tree.

  I found this picture on Pinterest and I think it is going to be one of my next projects. I'm always dragging old doors home and saving them for just the right occasion. I like how this has a bench and what looks like storage in the bench. I'm not sure if I should paint the thing black like this one, or just go with the old finish that is on whichever door I choose. I'll figure it out when I get to that point.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Beachy necklace holder.

  I picked up a bunch of stamp pad handles a couple of days ago.
My thought was to use them as pegs for towel holders, necklace holders, that sort of thing.  I'm always picking up interesting pieces of driftwood on the beach and putting them aside for a rainy day.
I decided to use a small well worn piece and 2 of the stamp pad handles to create a small necklace holder today. I'm really happy with the result. So here is a quick tutorial of how to do it.
Step 1 :  Select a piece of driftwood that you like. And a couple of pegs of some sort. I used stamp pad handles.

Drill a hole for each peg to fit in. I made the holes slightly smaller than the part of the peg that goes in it to ensure a tight fit. I filled each hole with wood glue.

 Push the pegs into the holes. I had to twist them in. Wipe of any excess glue that squeezes out.
Here is a side view
You need some way to hang the driftwood on your wall. I used a  picture frame hanger that had sharp points you push in.

Finished product.

Another view of the finished product.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Gray Day in Florence.

One of my favorite buildings in Old Town. The Kyle building built in 1901.

The Siuslaw River Bridge built in 1936. It was designed by famous Oregon bridge engineer  Conde McCullough.

  Things are dead at the shop today, and since I din't get my morning walk in due to sideways blowing rain, I took a 1 mile walk down to oldtown and back up the other side of the highway. There's lots of fun shops there.  Here's a couple of pictures for your viewing pleasure.

Saturday, January 19, 2013


  I'm always on the lookout for items that can be re-purposed. 

It's a lot of fun to turn something that has been cast off into 

something unique and useful. It's also "green", and a good way to 

give your home a look that is special to you.  Here are a few photos

of some of my recent projects.

Here is a bookshelf that I created by turning an wooden Model T Ford pick-up bed on end and adding barn-wood shelves.

A hanging light made out of a vintage colander.

A fun way to display old photos, take an old door and string jute twine in a zig-zag pattern. Use clothes pis to hold the photos onto the line.

 A display cabinet using a vintage window for the door, and the sides to an old dresser for the sides of the cabinet.
 A door from a house built in 1875. I turned it into sort of a hall tree. The shelf is a  small old crate. I like the contrast between the very ornate mirror and the rustic wood of the door. I'm still trying to decide on what to use for coat hooks.

Friday, January 18, 2013

A stunning day at the coast.

 It has turned out to be a stunning day at the coast. Perfect weather 

for walking thru town and checking out the shops. 

Here's a few pictures from my morning walk on Heceta Beach.