Hi, all! It’s been a minute. We have taken a few weeks off blogging and social media influencing to figure out our crazy new lives and schedules amongst the covid crisis. We have missed you all dearly but we are glad to be back online.
As you know, my husband wanted me to get rid of the scrap wood pile in the garage. I told him you can’t just get rid of perfectly good wood…you must build something cool with it.
Enter my grape arbor. We knew we wanted to plant grapes next year, but I didn’t want a traditional low grape arbor. I wanted a tall arbor!
First, I dug holes and sunk four 4×4 posts. I then attached the posts with two 1×6 boards on each side (front, back and sides).
I then cut shorter pieces, just a little longer than the width of the sides. I attached them parallel on each side.
Then, I cut pieces for the top and cut them slightly wider than the top of the arbor.
I kept adding slats until I had it finished.
And I cannot wait until we have actual grapes growing from this thing!! Stay tuned!!
My grandfather was an excellent carpenter. He and his brother built me many neat things over the years but my favorite is this porch swing.
It’s handmade, solid wood and heavy. In fact, it’s so heavy that in the 15 years since he built it for me, I’ve never had a place to hang it. It’s been in my mother’s basement for years.
As you can imagine, 15 years in a damp basement takes its toll. We had several rotten slats and a rusted chain. We were blessed the frame was still in good shape .
I promptly ordered the things I thought we would need and I got to work replacing the slats that were rotten or warped. I toyed with replacing all the slats but since some were in great shape, I decided against it.
I then gave the whole swing a good sanding with my orbital sander and removed the rusty chain.
I then put two coats of primer and one coat of paint on the swing and replaced the chain with a new one.
My mom got me this arbor for my birthday so I could hang the swing. It’s very pretty and very sturdy. And we know the song isn’t hanging straight- the arbor isn’t exactly level yet. We haven’t anchored the arbor yet because we are waiting to put down some pea gravel to deal with the mud. We also want to cut those bushes but there are birds nesting in them, so we want to wait until they leave.
I’m so excited to have this swing at my house- finally! I miss my grandpa so much so I am happy to be able to have this gift he personally made for me. It looks so pretty hanging from the arbor. It brightens up our yard quite well!!
I can’t wait to finish this area so I can show it to you!!
My husband and I are in the midst of cleaning out our garage. While most of the “clean up needs” are simply a matter of putting things away, my scrap wood pile is a pretty big issue.
Maybe I should change my blog name to “Lumber freaking everywhere.” Seriously, my scrap wood pile has gotten a little out of hand. With the cost of lumber these days, you can’t throw it out or waste it. I decided instead I’d build something from the scrap wood instead. My dad and I did a lot of woodworking projects together, I always enjoyed it, and I really miss it. And since we are quarantined, it isn’t like I have tons of things to do.
I wanted some wooden adirondack chairs for our new firepit patio, but I didn’t want to pay for them. Also, a lot of wooden adirondack chairs are overpriced, not real wood, and not very sturdy. If you aren’t familiar with Ana White, you should be. She is a blogger in Alaska who does tons of woodwork projects. She also publishes very thorough plans with diagrams and pictures, step by step instructions, a shopping list and even a cut list so you will know how long to cut your boards. They’re also 100% free!! I flipped through her plan catalogue and found an adirondack chair plan I thought I could build.
See how easy she makes this? Her plans are phenomenal.
I happened to have enough scrap wood to build two chairs. I only needed to buy the screws. I quickly cut out all the pieces I’d need for two chairs.
Begin by taking your front and back legs and attaching your stringer piece to them. I chose to attach the top of the stringer piece at 11 inches. This will be one side of your chair- two legs and a seat support.
2. Flip over your chair and attach your 2×2. This is your arm rest support. You will want this on the opposite side of your stringer piece.
3.Then, you will mirror this on the other side .
And now you have both sides of your chair base completed.
4. Join your two sides of your chair base together with a 2×4 stretcher piece.
5. Now you attach five chair slats to your seat support at 1/2 an inch apart.
6. Get yourself a really cute shop cat to follow you around and meow at you while you work. Actually, that step is optional.
7. Build the back of your chair. Connect your back slats using two 2×4 bracers. I did mine at 1/4 inch apart.
8. Flip it over and secure the 1x4s to the 2×4 bracers using 2 inch wood screws.
9. Attach your back brace to your chair frame, and secure the chair back to the brace.
10. And finally, attach your arm rests to the chair.
And then you have a comfy adirondack chair, made from real, solid wood. Shop cat approved!
I ended up building two of these chairs from scrap wood, and purchasing lumber to build two more. I’ve now built four of these chairs altogether and one side table. I still need to fill in the holes with wood filler, sand them, paint them, and put them out by our fire pit.
I can’t wait to show you the finished product, and next week I will show you how I built the side table.