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#1 2017-09-07 03:29:05

GalaBoys
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Back to school projects

For my older daughter's birthday this year, I said I would renovate her room. We did the flooring and paint over spring break, and then this summer I started building her new furniture. These were my first furniture projects (except for a bar I built last fall for a neighbour, if you have attended any cattle shows and have seen a nice wooden bar in the Rusylvia Cattle Co stalls, I built that!), so I learned as I went along. I usually just build sheds and chicken coops and restore old buildings for fun, so this was a lot of fun.

I started with the bed in early July. The headboard and foot board are made of an old door I salvaged from a friend's house that they were tearing down. The bed is not 100% done, once the 4x4 posts are finished curing, I will wood fill the little pokey marks and put on the final coat of paint ... but that will take some time. I would have had to drive two hours one way to get non-pressure treated 4x4s and ain't nobody got time for that during wedding season. Ana White was the design inspiration for this piece. I originally wanted to make drawers for under the bed, but my daughter decided she wanted them to be open. I can always build drawers if she changes her mind later. This was probably about 12 hours altogether with all of the scraping and sanding of the old paint on the door, but a lot of the time was spread over a few days because of the coats of paint. I also managed to put a screw quite deeply into the side of my thumb, so that was fun. Don't build while trying to keep track of small children, y'all. Distracted carpentry is dangerous. My thumb still hurts.
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Then I had to take a big break for a bunch of weddings before I could build more. At the end of August, with the pressure of the back-to-school deadline looming, I started the desk, which has a cut-out on the right side to allow the closet door to open. I put about 5 hours into this, there was a lot of sanding and little nooks and crannies to stain. The top and bottom of the desk were new wood (project panels), everything else was salvaged, scrap or leftover from other projects. I saw a desk on the Walmart website that was sort of the inspiration, but this one needed to be mounted to the wall so I wouldn't stub my toes all the time.
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She needed more storage for all of her art supplies and collectables, so I built her a shelf for above the desk. Maybe 3 hours start to end. 100% scrap wood. Design inspiration from Shanty 2 Chic.
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Then I started the bulletin board. I got the rolls of cork for cheap off of Amazon (and free shipping!). This was a two-hour project, start to finish, including staining. I wanted to mount it right on the wall, but I found there was electrical in the way when I was using the stud sensor, so I mounted it to her dresser in the end. I had a leftover sheet of 3/8" plywood that I mounted the cork onto, the trim and structural pieces that you can't see were all scrap or leftovers.
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This was a 10 minute project. The wood is the leftover chunk of old door that wasn't used in the bed build. The brass knobs are off the same door, the glass knobs are off a different door from the same house, and I got the star hook locally. I try to use as many of my scraps as I can so that nothing goes to waste. She's using it to hang her necklaces and scarves.
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Next up is a name sign, shelf, drawer, coat hanger combo piece for my parents.


Gala Partridge Chanteclers   www.partridgechanteclers.com
Maker of chicken saddles, fan of evidence-based poultry keeping.
Vermilion Fair APA Poultry Show: July 28, 2018 - visit www.vermilionag.ca to enter
2018 St. Paul Critter Market - May 19, 2018 - www.lakelandchickengroup.com

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#2 2017-09-07 03:37:43

yardbirds
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Re: Back to school projects

:thumbsup:  clpz


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#3 2017-09-07 03:52:00

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Re: Back to school projects

Purdy!  I think I like the coat hanger best of all!

GB lives in an identical house to the one I grew up in...only about a 6 hour drive away...and her daughter is growing up in 'my' room!


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#4 2017-09-07 04:04:02

susanr
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Re: Back to school projects

Looks lovely!  I'm sure your daughter loves it clpz


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#5 2017-09-07 04:32:24

uno
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Re: Back to school projects

Awesome! Who did that chicken art on the corkboard? I also approve of your material choice, is that pressure treated lumber on the footboard of the bed? I admire you, I am way too chicken to risk my darling digits. Hard to quilt when fingerless!

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#6 2017-09-07 04:38:25

GalaBoys
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Re: Back to school projects

Schipperkesue wrote:

Purdy!  I think I like the coat hanger best of all!

GB lives in an identical house to the one I grew up in...only about a 6 hour drive away...and her daughter is growing up in 'my' room!

You will have to check out her room next visit! It looks totally different now!


Gala Partridge Chanteclers   www.partridgechanteclers.com
Maker of chicken saddles, fan of evidence-based poultry keeping.
Vermilion Fair APA Poultry Show: July 28, 2018 - visit www.vermilionag.ca to enter
2018 St. Paul Critter Market - May 19, 2018 - www.lakelandchickengroup.com

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#7 2017-09-07 04:47:18

GalaBoys
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Re: Back to school projects

uno wrote:

Awesome! Who did that chicken art on the corkboard? I also approve of your material choice, is that pressure treated lumber on the footboard of the bed? I admire you, I am way too chicken to risk my darling digits. Hard to quilt when fingerless!

The chicken poster was a gift from a friend, she got it online somewhere!

Yes, the 4x4 are pressure treated. Once they are done drying I will fill the holes so it won't look pressure treated anymore. :) small town problems, hard to find fancier lumber! We mostly just have dimensional lumber and pressure treated to choose from unless you can wait for the lumberyard's weekly trip to the city for a special order.

I can't build when I have weddings coming up, I am a total clutz at the best of times so I have to behave when I am contractually obligated to be able to photograph weddings. Once wedding season is over, it is time to build! I was lucky not to have any weddings this month, so I can get my projects done.

A couple of years ago I managed to punch myself in the face with the bit on my impact driver. I need adult supervision. I keep my phone on me at all times just in case I need to call for help. #clutzlife


Gala Partridge Chanteclers   www.partridgechanteclers.com
Maker of chicken saddles, fan of evidence-based poultry keeping.
Vermilion Fair APA Poultry Show: July 28, 2018 - visit www.vermilionag.ca to enter
2018 St. Paul Critter Market - May 19, 2018 - www.lakelandchickengroup.com

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#8 2017-09-07 04:51:46

GalaBoys
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Re: Back to school projects

susanr wrote:

Looks lovely!  I'm sure your daughter loves it clpz

She does! She helped with almost everything, too, so she is quite proud of it all. She is at the age where she spends a lot of time in her room, so I tried to give her a very functional space that will work even as she becomes a horrible teenager.

One of my favourite parts of her room is the chalkboard wall behind the door. She loves making art, so she enjoys changing up her wall decor with a pack of coloured chalk.

Her room is way better than my room. I need to build myself a better bed frame now!


Gala Partridge Chanteclers   www.partridgechanteclers.com
Maker of chicken saddles, fan of evidence-based poultry keeping.
Vermilion Fair APA Poultry Show: July 28, 2018 - visit www.vermilionag.ca to enter
2018 St. Paul Critter Market - May 19, 2018 - www.lakelandchickengroup.com

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#9 2017-09-07 10:39:24

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Re: Back to school projects

You did a great job.  I can see why she is so happy with it all.  You are teaching your kids a valuable lesson with repurposing other items.  Too many kids, and adults too, like only "brand new".  It's a shame really.  Too many people are what I call, living in a disposable world.  We need more repurposing. 

Keep up the carpentry work Gala, you have a knack for it


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#10 2017-09-07 13:50:54

GalaBoys
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Re: Back to school projects

Thanks MGF! Teaching them to build is an important lesson as well, I think. You get to use a lot of math and geometry, it has been good to help my older kid practice her fractions.

Earlier in the year I helped two of my 4-H kids to build rabbit hutches for their rabbit hutches. Their moms came along and by the end, I had four new female carpenters confidently using tools. It was a great experience!


Gala Partridge Chanteclers   www.partridgechanteclers.com
Maker of chicken saddles, fan of evidence-based poultry keeping.
Vermilion Fair APA Poultry Show: July 28, 2018 - visit www.vermilionag.ca to enter
2018 St. Paul Critter Market - May 19, 2018 - www.lakelandchickengroup.com

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#11 2017-09-07 13:57:14

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Re: Back to school projects

Those are awesome.  w.i.n.

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