|Project by CFrye||posted 12-27-2015 03:15 AM||2608 views||1 time favorited||45 comments|
Hubby wanted a rack to hang his BBQ/grilling tools over the grill. I found this piece of white oak LJ gfadvm sent home with us on one of our visits. He said he’d never seen bark inclusions in white oak before. So it’s a special piece, to me, anyways. It looked to be about the right size 27”x 3 1/2” x 7/8”. I had 4 brass hooks that were waiting for a new home after a previous remodel job (only 7 screws though, so one hook and screw are still waiting). I attached the hooks then removed them for finishing. Behind the outside hooks, I drilled holes for the screws that will hold the hanger to the wall. The brass hooks will then be reinstalled, basically hiding the steel fasteners.
I hand planed and scraped the front. As I was looking at it I decided to try my hand at crushed stone inlay. We had recently visited my sister in Arizona and she sent her ‘porch rock’ home with me(picture #4). She got it from a guy she knew that made turquoise jewelry. I took it out to the drive and bashed it with a sledge hammer! A lot of fine stuff was wasted going down into the gravel. I’ll be more careful in the future! I had watched some YouTube videos on how to do this, a long time ago. I got this! I mixed up some 5 minute epoxy and put some ‘big’ stones in the larger voids and sprinkled some finer stuff in. Let that dry overnight. Sand with 40/60/80/grit paper. Mix more epoxy with the crushed stone and trowel it in the low spots, let dry over night, sand up through 220. I have now re-watched more YouTube videos and have picked up a lot more information. I will do better next time!
Several coats of Rustoleum rattle can lacquer, re-install the brass and tape the steel fasteners to the back so as not to loose them. Hubby likes it! Just need some nice weather to install it in its home.
Thanks for looking, reading and especially commenting. I’m learning and am open to critique. I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!
-- God bless, Candy