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Project by Alan Hart posted 01-15-2017 05:09 AM 669 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made this for my wife for Christmas. It’s made out of the flooring I took out of our second floor, about 200 year old wood. I planed it, ripped it, put it together and painted it with powdered milk paint with the help from my 9 year old son. The frame is out of a door jamb I took out, just as old as the floor.

That’s the short story, here’s the long. I couldn’t think of what to get my wife for Christmas. I remembered some of the pictures she showed me of other projects she liked and this wasn’t one of them but I had an idea. so I drew up the mountains opposite of what you see here, right side was left side, more of that later. I have lots of the flooring I took out of our house, family farm since 1866, so I knew I had the material to make it look old. So off I went. Got a few boards, cut them to length, planed them down and ripped them down, 3/4×1 1/2. Even though they are pine, I think, my planer did not like doing it. I set up a jig on my table saw to cut at 45. I cut all the pieces and put it together, minus the sky. I did that last. When I looked at it just wasn’t right. With out routing the edges it looks like a flat board. Dropped my head, said a few choice words, took it apart, routed an 1/8 round over, and put it back together. I’m looking at the back of the scene and I knew I had to mark each piece so I knew where they would go after I painted them and put them together for the final time. Final time, ya right. But as I looked at it, it looked like the Grand Tetons. We went there a couple of years ago with our kids. If you haven’t been there, go! Dropped my head, said a few choice words, and put it back together the opposite way. Then I marked each piece and went to do paint. My son did the white before he got bored. That was fine because the mountains I had to make the color for. After they dried I put it together on the backer board, but I had a problem. I could see the wood of the backer between the mountain pieces. Again, dropped my head, said a few choice words, took it apart, painted the back, when dry put it back together. OK ready to pin it together. But looking at it I thought there is no way I’m putting nail holes in the front of this. Now what? I figured I could nail it from the back. Great, take it apart again. You know the routine. But as I was taking it apart I traced out each piece so I knew where they went when I nailed them on. After that was done I looked at it and thought that was stupid. How am I going to know where to nail the pieces on if the markings aren’t on the back? Great!! Now I have to put it together again, upside down on the back of the backer, mark each piece as I take it apart, again. Put it together for the last time, yes the last time, and nailed it from the back. Finally done!

When she opened it up she was very surprised to see what I made. She was not allowed in the garage or in the basement when I was working on this and I had it covered up when I was gone so she had no idea. With the “problems” I had with it I think it turned out great. The only plan I had was a CAD drawing and what was in my head. I pretty much winged it all. But if I ever have to make another I know what to do and what not to do.

It’s about 30×60.

-- Al Hart





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robscastle

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#1 posted 01-15-2017 07:24 AM

Ah so Al I thought it had a definate oriental look about it, however

Grand Tetons eh, so where is the infamous picnic basket snithcer.

-- Regards Robert

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 01-15-2017 01:57 PM

I like it. Nicely done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 01-15-2017 03:54 PM

Very beautiful idea and quite simple to make. Good motive to play with diferent colouring, also great plus for son-dad work.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 01-15-2017 05:00 PM

This is a very creative piece. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 01-15-2017 10:53 PM

Beautiful – a very relaxing scene (in spite of all the hard work that went into it). Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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