|Project by pastorglen||posted 02-01-2012 05:31 PM||1365 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
I needed one more gift for my lovely bride this Christmas, and this little project was just the ticket. It turned out to be her favorite!
My bride loves making necklaces and had asked me if I could make her a simple hanger to get them off the dresser. What she described was nothing more than a 1×4 with nails driven in it. (Not quite, but I think she described it that way knowing that I would quickly rise to the occasion and say, “I can do it better than that!” I guess she knows me pretty well.)
So while cleaning up my scrap pile from my bed project, I came across these two pieces that were too short for my next project and too long to donate to my son’s camp fire pile.
I basically squared them up and cut them as long as possible. I kept the design really simple and picked up a few boxes of cup hanger hooks (less than $6). I used my hand plane to dress up the edges, and I used my hand drill to pre-drill the holes for the hooks. About a nickel’s worth of Glue and three Kreg screws in the back and the whole thing was nearly finished.
Minwax English Chestnut stain (stain, hand sand, and re-stain), and sprayed semi-gloss polyurethane finish. It took a couple of day from start to finish—most of that time was letting the finish dry.
I know, I know. The project is very simple and it sort of looks like something a high school student would have done, but my wife doesn’t care. She is tickled that I took the time and used some of my wood and finish to do a project for her.
Look through your scrap pile and see if there is a special project for a special someone just waiting to be built. It will be time well spent.
-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."