DIY Ladder Quilt Rack!

This is one of those things that’s been on my wish list for some time… and once we got started on it, it was so quick to make! Why did I wait so long? Because there are so many good things to make… and so little time. For those of you who don’t know, quilting is my first love. I’ve been quilting for about eleven years now, and I have more than a few quilts to show for it. But where to store them? 

The only real contemporary way to display a quilt is a ladder rack. All those cutesy victorian-style things are just to, well, kitschy for me. My Woodworker has made me proud more than a few times by making quilt racks! I’ll have to share pictures of some of our “old” ones later this week … for now, here’s the newest addition! 

ImageFor those of you who are wood geeks, here are the specs:  The sides are re-claimed barn wood (as you can see), in this case Cottonwood. This is true 2″ x 4″ stock – and once we cleaned it up it ended up being about 1.5″ thick and 3″ wide. The rungs were fashioned out of 2x4s, cut in half and then rounded over on the corners for a softer look. We used a slight 1/8″ round over. Because we’re all about quality, we even cut through the sides and set in the rungs. {You can actually use this ladder as a ladder, people.} The rack is 6 feet tall, and the rungs are 18″ long. We had it together in one evening. 

Image

 

Image          Yes, I did make all of these quilts. 🙂 These are the original nail holes in the barn wood – and I LOVE the look of them. 

Image

 

This is the perfect marriage of my two favorite things – quilts and barn wood. Yep, this year is off to a good start! 

~ The Woodworker’s Wife 

 

 

Advertisements

3-D Icicle Ornaments

The Holidays may be over, but I am still excited about these little things. 3-D ornaments cut on the scroll saw? Awesome! My Woodworker tried this out for the first time after seeing some inspiration in a magazine. We often pour over the magazines in the bookstore (coffee in hand, of course!) and find loads of inspiration. This time it was too good to leave for “someday,” and we went home to figure it out. And so, these were born!

A few more beauties for you to look at - the middle one was cut from Walnut. When they hang on the tree, we poke a Christmas light through the cage on the top of them and they sparkle!

A few more beauties for you to look at – the middle one was cut from Walnut. When they hang on the tree, we poke a Christmas light through the cage on the top of them and they sparkle!

Two of my personal favorites. These are cut from cottonwood, and have yet to be "finished," with either paint or tung oil. Aren't the details beautiful?

Two of my personal favorites. These are cut from cottonwood, and have yet to be “finished,” with either paint or tung oil. Aren’t the details beautiful?

 

We have recently finished a project that I am very excited about sharing with you – hopefully later this week! It was one of those late-night things… spur of the moment… and they always end up being my favorites. 🙂

~ The Woodworker’s Wife

Wooden Crates – home made storage!

Remember those crates we made? It was the first post on the blog… and you can see it here.  We continue to tweak and change how we put the crates together – hoping to make them more user friendly and storage capable. I think these are the best set so far!

This set of three crates were created especially for our sister for Christmas. We loved making them!

This set of three crates were created especially for our sister for Christmas. We loved making them!

The crates are constructed from pine (ends) and the slats are all reclaimed cottonwood.

The crates are constructed from pine (ends) and the slats are all reclaimed cottonwood.

We attached this star ornament just for fun. It's a piece that he cut out on the scroll saw, of course.

We attached this star ornament just for fun. It’s a piece that he cut out on the scroll saw, of course.

 

One major change between our first crates and these is that the router was used to round over the top edge of the ends, and even inside the handles. This makes for a much more comfortable grab when you go to pick them up. The cottonwood is lightweight and yet strong enough to handle loads of books! Yes, we have tested them on books. In fact, that’s what ours are loaded with. 🙂

What would you stock your crates with?

~ The Woodworker’s Wife

Reclaimed {barn} wood caddy

I am proud to say that these are the first project I have made by myself! Mr. Woodworking could have done these in his sleep… but I am a bit proud of myself for figuring out measurements, using the miter saw, etc. I’m also very pleased with how this entire project was made out of reclaimed lumber! Southern Yellow Pine and Cottonwood, respectively. Two different barns, two different towns, re-made into something for our home. Merry Christmas to me!

The character of the wood is what makes these unique -  this is reclaimed cottonwood from a 100-year-old corn crib... reborn!

The character of the wood is what makes these unique – this is reclaimed cottonwood from a 100-year-old corn crib… reborn!

Southern Yellow Pine has a beautiful grain. This caddy is sturdy, a bit on the heavy side, but so gorgeous.

Southern Yellow Pine has a beautiful grain. This caddy is sturdy, a bit on the heavy side, but so gorgeous!

My little brother came over last week to work on some awesome wood projects for Christmas. Music blaring, good company to work with … and then these just sort of happened. I was scrolling through my Pinterest board for some inspiration and I found this.

Honestly, I like mine better than hers. The reasons are simple: I prefer to have the joinery flush and square. Hers are more rustic in their construction. I also left the real beauty of the wood to show through (nail holes and all!) and I think it lends charm and authenticity to the finished project. What can I say? I think wood-grain is sexy. The handles are antique table legs that we rescued out of Grandma’s basement.

Not bad for an evening of work... reclaimed, reborn barn wood ready for a new life in our home!

I think one of these will be my new gardening companion next Spring…

~ The Woodworker’s Wife

Merry Christmas, Deer ~

Remember these guys? They're finished! Here's a close up of the little Christmas tree, too.

Remember these guys? They’re finished! Here’s a close up of the little Christmas tree, too!

cork board deer

Here are my little deer inside of a plain shadow box that we made – out of old cedar boards and cork. Cute, but plain.

merry christmas deer

I added some cute scrapbook paper to give it more interest. Now it looks like it could be snowing there …

 

Here’s “the rest of the story,” on my first scroll saw project! The little reindeer turned out to be so cute, I had to put them inside of a shadow box. It’s Christmas Eve… and I won’t bore you with the details.

Merry Christmas to all ~ from my shop to yours.

~ The Woodworker’s Wife