|Project by robscastle||posted 08-30-2014 07:11 AM||1818 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
I was working at Smiths Crisps repairing their potato crates and in the process managed to recover some deckboards and bearers.
It was my intention to make a piece of furniture with them, and started a project.
I had a good look at them for Foreign Objects and the bearers in particular were riddled with nails and the occasional screw and some bolts.
There was enough safe areas to Joint then but that was about all.
All the nails I though I could pull out and leave a few of the bolts as a feature.
But that was not to be and I was not prepared to hit a nail whilst working.
The other factor was I was not sure if my bandsaw could cut them and not ruin the blade in the process,
I found some suitable pieces in the deckboards to make the base of a seat, so I set to work on them leaving the bearers.
Whilst I was waiting for the glue to dry on the pieces I selected for the seat I turned my attention to the bearers to see just what I could use them for.
Not a lot but I had a idea that I could use some small pieces, so I decided to make the Sledge Hammer
The head was cut from a section cut between the nails, I then sanded the 45 deg edges on it and used a 22mm forstner bit to drill out the handle hole.
After some sanding it was completed.
I ripped a piece off the wider boards for the handle, then cut a readius on to the edges and then sanded it to fit the hammer head hole, for this I just used my disk sander.
To make it look reasonably realistic I then cut a wedge section in the handle assembled everything using Titebond III to ensure everything should stay together.
To add some more authentisity I then sanded some nicks and dings in the handle to give it “that used look”
I sanded it all to 800G and applied a coat of Howards Products Citrus Shield Paste wax.
This brought it up a treat.
I will keep working on the Seat and post it upon completion however working with recycled timber to produce furniture is testing me.
-- Regards Robert