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Latest House Project!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by iamlowsound, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. iamlowsound

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    Hello all! Many of you have liked the things that I have built in the past (Kitchen Space Problem and Turning Old Furniture into Magazine Funiture) so I thought that I would post pictures of my latest project.

    My wife has been bugging me to build her a headboard for several years now, the only problem being that she couldn't make up her mind on what she wanted it to look like. About 6 months ago, she decided that she wanted a reclaimed wood headboard. Once she described it to me, I set about sourcing the wood. Over the Christmas Holidays, I finally had enough time to do the work.

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    I found four nice, old, decent condition barn boards and a 2x4 for legs.

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    This was after I had the boards cut to size and the legs glued and screwed on. I also did a coat of flat Minwax Polycrylic to seal and protect. I went with the Polycrylic as it is super clear and wont yellow from sunlight.

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    All completed and installed in place! Decorating skills are all my wife's, I just build things. Thanks for looking!

    lowsound
  2. mimaz

    mimaz Gold Supporting Member

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    Looks great! Don't show my wife!
  3. iamlowsound

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    It was super easy and super cheap to build. Took less than an hour to build, about an hour to put the polycrylic on and less than $50 for all the parts. You can find old barn boards for free!

    lowsound
  4. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

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    BTDT...

    We went through a few iterations of 'what do we want' when the waterbed sprung a leak and we "got to" explore a conventional spring/mattress setup (I have still not discounted sabotage ;-) ...)

    Final version was spring/mattress on floor (they're _tall_ ...) and raise the headboard. Aha! This gave me the go-ahead to buy the Bosch router and router table from my wishlist so I could do a proper 3/4" radius bullnose on 1.5" ( '2-by') stock... I ain't complainin' ...

    Thus equipped, next up on the list is a built-in spice rack - basically a narrow cabinet with inset pillaster shelves. If that goes as planned, next up is wall-to-wall bookshelves in the downstairs. (Waiting for spring...)

    I am not a woodworker by preference but I am aghast at what I see as pricing for 'custom' installations of what is just basic joinery. I've watched Norm Abrams, I have my biscuit-joinery tools, and as long as it's 90's and 45's, I can handle it...
  5. iamlowsound

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    I can't believe the price that some things cost. Now, I fully believe the custom stuff done by a real tradesman are worth every penny, but I spent enough time as a finish carpenter and my dad spent 25 years doing fine and finish carpentry that I figure that I can do a pretty good job myself.

    lowsound
  6. elgecko

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    That's sweet. I love rustic simplicity.
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    I am in the process of dismantling several large barns and I suspect that all of my furniture will look like this in the future.
  8. iamlowsound

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    Nice! Once we have a house, I am building a thick slab, reclaimed wood kitchen table.

    lowsound
  9. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister Supporting Member

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    Nicely done.

    I have also found myself surprised at the prices people will pay for a finished product like that. It reminds me to thank my father for teaching me skills to build things myself and be resourceful.

    -Mike
  10. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

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    I've got an entire old barn made from some very nice, straight grained red oak that needs to come down, and we are about to start a major remodel so I expect more than one room will wind up with the drywall torn out and barn boards put up.

    It's over 80 years old and hard as a rock. I made a couple of small picture frames from some of it and I couldn't drive little brads in to it, they'd just bend when I tried.
  11. iamlowsound

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    That is awesome! There are a lot of Mennonites around my area, so the competition for old barns is high. I wouldn't mind taking one down and having wood for life, I just don't have any space to store it currently.

    lowsound
  12. Eric Perry

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    Looks great!
  13. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler Supporting Member

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    Nice job! Looks good.
  14. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME! Supporting Member

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    If I hadnt left my phone at home today Id post some pics of the firepit my roommate and I built out of river rocks. We just finished yesterday and Im looking forward to getting my bonfire on.

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