Rustic Coat Racks Find a Home.

I just had to share these pictures with you. After making a coat rack for the Fire Station, we made two more for one of the Fireman who is stationed there. He was kind enough to share some pictures of the coats racks in their home. I love it! 

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There’s nothing better than seeing your hard work being enjoyed by a friend, in their home. 🙂 

~ The Woodworker’s Wife 

 

 

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The Manly-Man’s workbench, part II (and tips on using epoxy!)

And now for part II! Here are the pictures I promised of the finished workbench top. Please excuse the glare in the photo. It’s rather unsightly but it does give you a clue as to the glass-like finish of the epoxy.

After spending hours painting a custom design on top of this workbench, we then had to answer the question: “How are we going to protect this?” The answer is epoxy.  We picked up a box of mix-when-ready epoxy at Menards, and decided to experiment. The results are gorgeous. It really is easy to use. I DO have a few tips to share if you decide to finish a table top this way…

1. Seal the surface BEFORE  you epoxy (if you’re covering something porous, like wood) otherwise you’ll have bubbles galore in your finish. Not cool. I used Mod Podge to seal the whole top before we applied the epoxy and it worked like a charm. You can see that final result is crystal clear.

2. Cover the floor – the epoxy is self-leveling, which means it pours off the edges of whatever you’re working on. Cardboard is easy to pick up and throw away and keeps it from soaking through and leaving a permanent glob.

3. Use a square of cardboard to spread it out. It’s not rocket science – any household thing (that’s disposable) will work – you just need to persuade the epoxy all over the surface to ensure good coverage.

4. Hover a gas blow-torch over the surface to remove the bubbles from the epoxy before/as it dries. This sounds crazy but it works.

 

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Here you have it! After months of use it still looks great.

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                                                       In case you were curious, here’s the base. Simple 2 x 4 construction, waiting for us to complete a few                                                            drawers and shelves for storage. I’m contemplating painting the base in a durable black gloss … 🙂

 As a final note, if you decide to wipe it clean, something gentle like vinegar and dawn dish soap will do the trick. Spills like wood glue (even hot glue) should scrape right off.  We are very happy with the results.

Good luck on your next project!

~ The Woodworker’s Wife

A Manly-Man’s Custom Workbench – a work in progress…

I thought I would share something else we’re working on – a sort of ongoing project. It started when we moved into our new little house in the city… there is a nice room in the basement for a workshop, but the work bench down there was a disaster. Too high, too deep to reach the back, poorly made, and fitted with an electrical strip that was, well, not safe. We decided to demo that baby and start from scratch.

After leafing through many many woodworking books, we came up with a size that was a bit more practical. That, and I got talked into doing a custom paint job on the top. 🙂 What guy doesn’t need some manly details in his wood shop? Right?

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Please forgive the poor photo quality… but you can see the custom design coming to life. On the left, a tribute to the Fire Department, and on the right, THE HUSKERS.  The top is 1/2″ plywood and then face stripped with pine. You can’t tell in this photo, but he did a great job on the mitered corners.  The finished size of the top is 24″ x 44″. We built a simple base out of 2 x 4 lumber that ends up being standard working-height, 36″. Drawers and cubby holes have yet to be completed.

So how do you protect a custom painted design against all the workshop abuse? Stay tuned.

~ The Woodworker’s Wife