Thursday, March 29, 2012

Buffet - back and shelving

I did some more work on my dining project today.

Steps (cont'd)

-Stain the unfinished buffet before attaching the shelves and back, make staining easier and even (should also stain the racks before attaching them, made mistake of not doing it).

- Add middle shelf and the already stained back cover.

- Start making the door frame.

- Stain before putting it together.

-Make two.

back of door detail

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Dining room buffet (in progress)

With these sunny days, I finally got my new batch of wood from my local lumber supplier, Mr. Milton. I was waiting for his solar kiln to dry more woods. The other day he emailed us to pick our wood before he'll announce it on his website and I thought, nicceee! I will be able to pick the best of the best :)

Red Oak
A truck load all for $140, which by the way, will only get me 7 - 9 pieces of red oak at a home improvement store (ain't that crazy?).

I got these good wood because I gave myself a challenge, to furnish my entire formal  dining room from buffet to table to chairs! BUT, I don't expect to finish this challenge myself and won't be surprise if I ended up buying them haha!


DIY Dining Buffet

(2) 1 X 8 X 57-1/2 & (1) 1 X 3 X 57-1/2 (top face)
(2) 1 X 8 X 54 (bottom face)
(4) 1 X 8 X 32 (sides)
(4) 1 X 5 X 32 (partitions) 
(2) 1 X 8 X 15 (middle shelf)
(4) 1 X 4 X 15 (wine rack)
(3) 1 X 4 X 14 & (3) 1 X 3 X 13 (hanging glass rack)
(8) 1 X 3 X 4 ( legs)


Glue and clamp the pieces listed on the Cutlist to make the top and bottom faces.

 Glue and clamp the pieces listed on the cutlist for sides to make the two sides.
Leave the middle partition pieces unglued.
Make the wine rack by cutting three 3-1/2" dia. semicircle (4" if you drink wines that are in big bottles) .
 Glue two leg pieces to make four.

 On the glued two side parts, make pocket holes using kreg jig,
 Attach the sides onto the bottom shelf/face using glue and pocket hole screws.

 Turn it upside down, attach the top face. Add finishing nails on the bottom face in addition to screws.
 Turn it up and put finishing nails for reinforcement.

Add the middle partition 5-1/2" apart (can add one more piece to close the gap, I want the wine labels to show on the sides that's why I built it this way).
Attach the wine racks, make sure the front and back matches.

wine rack detail
Make the hanging glass racks.

Turn the table upside down again (if this table talks it already complained :) and attach the glass rack.

Bevel, sand and attach the legs using glue and screws while on upside down position. 

Turn it back up and add screws.
 Put stainable wood filler on the nail and pocket holes.

Let the glue and wood filler dry completely and sand.

Next would be the back, doors and shelves..........check back later :) Pin It

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hallway side table

My Cutlist
-2 pcs. 55" 1X6 (for the top)
-2 pcs. 50" 1X3 (top shelf side brace)
-2 pcs. 51-1/2" 1X6(for the bottom shelf)
-4 pcs. 27" 1X3 ( for the main legs)
-4 pcs. 5" (hardwood, bottom legs)
-3 pcs. 9-1/2"(side and middle frame top shelf support)
-2 sheets 9-1/2" X 26-1/4" plywood (decorative pattern)
My Steps:

Cut 3/4" X 2-1/2" from the 51-1/2" boards for the legs.
Glued bottom and top shelf together and clamped.

Thanks to these clamps my father-in-law gave, they really helps.
Started assembling by adding the legs to the bottom shelf.
Attached the top shorter side frame braces.
Attached the longer top shelf braces.

Turned the assembled frame (above) upside down and attached it on the top shelf. Added the middle top brace and the legs.
Traced the pattern I designed on two 9-1/2 X 26-1/4 in. plywood sheets (can use softwood) and drilled holes for the starting point for my jigsaw.
 Cut the patterns.

Thanks to this skil jigsaw hubby got me (with the condition that I will read the manual from front to back cover :) I can incorporate more designs on my projects!
Okie dokie! let's start reading...
Finishing steps:

-Filled the nail holes with wood filler
-Added mouldings including the decorative side patterns I made
-Sanded the whole thing

-Stained and clear coated the table.
-Waited to completely dry.
 And ready to use!
The displayed art is the largest cross-stitch I made (from cross-stitching to matting it and framing it) couple of years ago. The color is a little strong though.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Simple Spring Wreath

It's officially spring!

To mark the beginning of spring, I made a very simple wreath for my front door. It's made of cleyera leaves that grows in front our house. I thought of using this leaves because every time my husband prune this shrub, I noticed it takes so long (can be a month) for the leaves to turn brown, perfect for this project.

And here it is,
...simple and from my backyard.

Here's how I made it.

I used :
-twigs I got from my backyard
-electrical wire my husband got from the electrician at their office ( the guy was about to throw it away in the trash, my husband asked it as he knows I could use it for any :).
-pine needles I got from my in-laws backyard. 

 I started by splicing the wires to make a circle.
 Repeated couple of times.
 I did the last couple of wires loosely so I can insert the bush branches.
 Inserted a big twig to hold the nest.
 Sanded couple of plastic eggs so the gesso will stick. Regular paint can be used too.
 Painted the eggs with gesso by dabbing the brush to give an eggshell texture.
 While waiting for the gesso to dry, I inserted the cleyera twigs with leaves onto the wire I made.

 And made a simple nest from the pine needles.
 Using glue gun, I added the nest and eggs.
I put small dots of brown paint on the eggs so it's not so perfectly white...
Darn! that egg looks so real in this photo (I love boiled eggs : )
Nature inspired simple spring wreath.
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