|Project by Milton Toal||posted 10-04-2012 12:47 AM||6497 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
One of my daughters gave me several Western Red Cedar verandah posts about 3 metres long. Turned them on the lathe to make legs. Bought several off-cuts from local hardware of stair treads, 270mm x 50mm and 240mm x 50 mm (10 1/2” and 9 1/4” x 1 3/4” for $5 each, collected some floor bearers for free from a neighbour doing renos, pulled some ply that used to back a circular mirror out of the back of the workshop. Used it as a template to cut another piece of ply. Laminated the two together for the table top and bingo – here is the result for the daughter’s 3 and 4 year olds’ creche. Turned the baby toadstool from the leftover of a pair of legs before I parted them on the lathe. The fairies came from a chain dealing with cheap lines and were plain but destined for the garden so had long steel spikes on the bottom. Drilled through the baby toadstool so the spike goes into the hardwood base and cut the second fairy’s stake short to lock her onto the base.
Cut holes in the seats and the base with a hole-saw and turned the ends of the legs to fit. Glued and dowelled. Offset the base pieces for angle and length to give variety of seating and glued and screwed the half-hatched areas.
Painted the base with several coats of left-over weathershield so that the base can be buried so the littlies don’t trip on it. Painted the fairies ($3 each to buy) with enamel, coated the wings with clear and sprinkled glitter -gold, red, silver, green on them then recoated with clear a couple of days later. Pained the hair yellow then sprinkled silver glitter on it while still wet and clear-coated later to lock it in. Got the butterflies from a craft shop at $3 for a packet of two. Dearest item was the cans of red spray paint at $4 each. All up materials cost about $33.
Made the second set bigger for a couple of older granddaughters who got it delivered and assembled 10 days ago. Made the top from 15mm contruction grade ply, much cheaper than furniture grade. Started on the third for another couple of grandkids and will give it to them at Christmas I think.
-- Milton Toal, Doncaster, Melbourne Australia.