Friday, 14 February 2020
Two Days' Work....Well, A Day and a Half or So!
It's fun every once in a while to dig into my scrap bag of wood bits, and see what I can make with them. Well, we have a pipe box, a candle box, a foot stool or bench, a tray, a candle stand and a wood box.
I've written about the difficulty of getting good wood, since Michaels is the only supplier here; when I was in Maine this fall, I picked up a bag of jumbo craft sticks, and some of the items in this group were made using them. They tend to be quite straight, most of them, and they yield quite a bit of good wood. The wood box was made from less than two of them. It will get leather hinges and rope handles, once the box is stained and painted.
They all need painting, of course! But first, I have to find a colour of water-based stain to use as the base coat. I used to use Varathane Ipswich Pine, a lovely rosy brown shade, but the water-based stains have been discontinued. My local hardware store dealer suggested I look at Min-Wax water-based; although I won't find an ideal match, there may be a colour there that I can deal with.
I'm making things that could sell, but if they don't, can be incorporated into one or another of my mini projects. There are more small bits I'd like to try....
The "fancy work" is done with files, sanding sticks and sandpaper, as well as my trusty knife. My sanding sticks are worn out, and I don't know where to find more of them; the ones I had were purchased some years ago at the NAME National in Nashua, NH (USA). I have people looking out for them for me, though. They are so handy for making nice curves in basswood pieces!