some small things

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Project by knotnow posted 04-01-2013 05:48 AM 1055 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Someone expressed some interest in a wall switch scoop on the wall in one of my pictures. They are primitive style grain or flour scoops meant to be light switch covers. I made one to see how it would turn out and ended up making a few more. One for the three switch panel by our front door and we keep the dog’s leash in it, quite handy, another single in the upstairs hall and my daughter wanted one for her wall, no switch, but she wanted her’s painted zebra and she keeps her cell phone in it at night. Instead of cut outs for the switch I cut out a heart in the scoop and turned one on the end of the handle. In her room instead of the scoop as a wall switch plate I made some mini Chippendale Mirrors out of beveled glass wall switch plates. Everyone seems to like them so I thought I’d post some pics of them.

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#1 posted 04-01-2013 07:04 AM

Those are really cool. Great builds.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 04-01-2013 07:59 AM

You done a great job.

-- Todd

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#3 posted 04-01-2013 02:43 PM

Very cool fantastic switch plate covers.

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#4 posted 04-01-2013 04:00 PM

They are all awesome and I love them all. It’s really neat what you did with your daughters’ scoop. What is the dark stain you’re using? It is nice and rice and lets the grain show through. I really like it.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#5 posted 04-01-2013 05:50 PM

For these small items I like using Minwax oil based Red Mahogany, sometimes finished with tung oil, sometimes just paste wax. On some of these primitive, more utilitarian type items I don’t put a lot of effort into sanding and finish to help give that old look and I allow the heads of the square cut nails to show. It’s the preferrence I like.

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#6 posted 04-03-2013 06:29 AM

“It is nice and rice”

I meant to say: nice and rich. lol

Thanks for the stain info

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#7 posted 04-04-2013 02:01 PM

Wow! I like them, very clever and functional. They might be small but makes a great accent to any room. Impressive!


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#8 posted 04-04-2013 02:16 PM

Small things can be big on character. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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