|Project by wiredheart||posted 07-19-2010 09:27 PM||1620 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
When my niece asked me last year to help her refinish some wide plank floors on an old house that she and her husband were moving into, I did.My aid was to show her how to do it and then she always wanted to take over. We had already done this on a few other projects, the best one being a tack trunk, as she likes to learn new things.
This one I did myself after I showed her a sketch I had made for this misplaced large arched window placed in her kitchen that had just been renovated. Generally these windows are placed higher up in the house on the 2nd floor and definitely not in the kitchen on a west facing wall. That’s another story.
As she works on a horse farm and has spent her whole life around horses, choosing a suitable theme wasn’t hard. Figuring out how to make the shutters and install them was the fun and hard part.
The shelves on the top of the shutters are made to look like heavy barn timbers, it doesn’t show up well in the photos, and the idea was to have a herb garden there as that window has a western exposure.
The horse cutouts in the shutters was a natural as this is a race horse breeding farm. The handles to pull the bi-fold shutters closed I made from 2 old steel horse shoes. I bent them in the middle at 90 degrees using a torch, hammer and vise and I had an old mouth bit that I used to place over the shoes when they are closed.
The wood is all from recycled wood that I have taken from old furniture or whatever.
Working from plans can be fun, but working from something that you have designed and made is great. I would describe myself as a cautious woodworker and one who is far from being perfect. However if I was perfect, I wouldn’t try to make things myself, now WOOD I?