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Life as an Amateur Woodworker #54: Two Quick Projects

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 06-08-2015 11:06 PM 1089 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Having had the day off yesterday, and taken the family out for the day, it was my intention to get started on some rendering today, but that went by the board, when my beloved Wife, asked me this morning to help her out.

SWMBO is starting up her own business(es) online, one is a shop which is up and running, and she has had her first orders, the second and her primary business, is an Online platform to showcase work of up and coming Designers in the fashion world, this is taking longer to get going, but there is more and more interest, which is encouraging. As a result one of the local Townhalls, has asked her to take part in a Fashion Fayre, they will supply the stall, and she will use it to promote the business, in so doing, she has three Designers who are going to showcase their stock on the stand, and she said she wanted three rustic wooden stands that will hold six items on each, and a space to display the logo of each Designer.

What’s the budget I asked…budget? was the reply ha! ha! I thought as much, so I went in search of my leftovers to see what I could come up with.

Using some construction lumber for the legs and brace, some 8mm pine planking left over from the roofing, and a bolt with wingnuts instead of hinges I came up with these. Drilling 3/4” holes along the bottom of the planking to take hangers. These should easily fit in the car the overall size being 1.5m x 0.75m.

That done, I thought I could wrap up, but I thought wrong, ‘I also need two stands for mannequins’...apparently one of the designers has two dressmakers mannequins, without legs. Having asked for a photo and the approximate size of the mannequins, it was back to work.

The base has to have some weight in it, and I have a lot of mahogany pieces stacked in the workshop, so out they came, four pieces at 14” each, I then cut lap joints using the tablesaw, So I had two ‘X’ on which to attach a post, and fortunately I still had some 1 1/4” dowel in stock, cutting that to length, I then put a point on one end, which will be rammed up into the mannequin (I told SWMBO that I would have to try this out using her as a mannequin…ummm didn’t think so!), finally hasving bored a hole in the ‘X’ for the dowel, gluing and screwing it together, I gave the two stands a coat of black paint to match the mannequins.

Job done, 3pm and no time for anything else today.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright



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#1 posted 06-09-2015 01:53 AM

Hey Phil,

You handcrafted, and created a piece that is appreciated by your most important fan. Growing some whiskers?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 06-09-2015 02:16 AM

At least it keeps her happy Tom!! :) as for the whiskers, I’ve just trimmed them, they were itching with the heat…lol

As you can see, in the past I had a few more ha! ha!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#3 posted 06-10-2015 11:10 AM

Well done Phil. Your shop looks nice too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 06-10-2015 11:40 AM

Thanks stefang, much appreciated! :)

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#5 posted 06-10-2015 04:16 PM

Whoa! Not part of my perception. LOL! I think It’s because of the picture in your avatar?I’m off to Mankato to seea couple of new clients. Thank the Lord! LOL! It appears I do good work and my clients get better, but then I’m out of work. Wish I were that good in wood! Then it would be the reverse? LOL!

Later

Tom

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 06-10-2015 10:28 PM

Hi Tom…Long may you have Clients ;)

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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