Saturday, May 9, 2009

My Out Houses

Here are the 2 kinds of out houses I have been making. The first one is what I call a square one. I use fence planks from Menards..Single pieces of 6 inch wide 6 feet tall green treated. It's about 20 pieces if you want a porch. I didn't have a picture with the door open but yep..there is a poo hole... I mean a hole for your flower pot! Ya that's what I ment. I wrap them with grape vines,,they are kinda falling off now. I hung some old horse harness on the side. The lamp is a solar lamp. It can't get enough light under the porch's roof so I take it out during the day and hang it on a hook stuck in the yard next to the outhouse.. In the evening I rehang the lamp under the porch roof and it looks so cute. This one is stained with a redish water proof stain. Now these I LOVE to make I don't really measure a thing when I make these cept maybe the roof pieces so they are all the same length. I use what ever scrap wood I can find for this style. I have even made these with one side of the roof longer than the other side! The curve is decided by the amount of curve I free hand draw on the scrap wood. I do have to make sure the peak is the same front and back, as well as the curve matches from side to the same side ,front and back. The roof left to right side, can be different lenghts and curves. The porch can be on either side, or neither side, or Both sides. The outhouse can be different widths also as long as they match on the opposite side, to make a square or rectangle. They are all skrewed together so they can be moved without twisting apart. This one is not stained. It was made with rough cut lumber and it is very heavy.
Here ya can see inside and yep..there's the "flower pot " hole! Oh, and I see a corn cob and newspaper too! The orange cord is to the light I have inside so it lights up and you can see the cresent moon Everynight! I had these at a shop down the road from where I used to live. They had $185.00 on them and I was making one everyweek last summer! This year they retired so I don't have a place to sell them anymore and I kept this one. The curvey roof ones have real shingles and a "vent" pipe.


Friday, May 8, 2009

Primitive Star Flag Holder

Ok lets see if I can do this.... I am giving you a pattern to make this Primitive Star Holder. The pattern is on the right side bar. You need to down load both parts. Sorry I fought with this most of last night and gave up they are in 2 parts....Read thru so you know ahead what you need and will had to do to make these buggers.
To make it you will need:
the pattern
sissors pen or pencil
1 piece of wood at least 16 inches long and 5 1/2 inches wide and 3/4 inches thick.
Scroll saw
sand paper
white paint... black if you choose also
stain of your choice
flag on a stick
drill and drill bit a size smaller the same size as your flag's stick
ruler, to make sure the slot is the same size as the thickness of the wood

Ok print out pattern.. NOW make sure the slots are the same size as your wood is thick. I printed out the pattern and it was the same size as my wood is thick. The pieces fit together so if your pattern slot is bigger than your wood's thicknes... you will have to lay a piece of the wood you are going to use on top of the slot pattern piece and redraw around it before you cut out the pattern and trace it on your wood. When you cut out the slot, the thickness of the saw's cut will be enough to let the 2 pieces slip together for a nice fit.Cut out your pattern piece and lay it on the wood.. Trace around the pattern. Make sure that slot is the same width as the piece of wood you are using.Cut out the star pieces. Sand them on a belt sander or just use a piece of 100 grit paper.Bang those edges for a more worn look.Check to see if they will fit together. If not, go back and trim a bit out of the slot, and fit again. After you paint them they will be tighter so if they are a bit on the sloppy side now that's a good thing. Here I also rounded the tips of the smaller star so they don't point over the edges of the bigger star. Check to see if your star sets even on all 4 points.. If it doesn't, cut one of the slots a bit deeper..don't go too much.Check to see the size of the dowl your flag is on. Pick a drill bit one size smaller. Now if you have a drill press Whoorrraa! It will save you some swearing. I took a chip out of the middle of the point of the star so I could start the drill better. I used a pair of old wire cutters to nip a chunk out, to make the starting drill hole area, flatter so the bit wouldn't slip off to the side.. Be careful you don't chip the edged of your star..if you do save the piece and white glue it back on..let it dry and try again. Start with a smaller drill bit.. when you have the hole done, change one size bigger drill bit, use the one that is the same size as the dowel the flag is on. Check to see if the flag dowel will fit in the hole..if not go to the next size bigger.. By starting with a smaller drill bit, it's easier to start the hole..less swearing.Here I jumped ahead a bit.. I have the star painted white and sanded.. You can do what you want here.. You can pound some dents in the star to make it look older. Use the sides of bolts and edges of nuts, lay them on the wood and gently tap them till they make a dent in the wood. Use the round hammer head to make a few dings too. You can paint it black first then white... so when you sand it the black shows thru..... what I did and I am sure it's toxic...but... I goobed the white paint on, then while it was still wet (and I layed it on thick).... I took it out side and with a heat gun, I cooked the paint till it blistered. I did this so when I sanded the wood I would have round blistered, paint chips that the stain would get caught in.. Now don't be smelling the cooking this outside inthe fresh air if you are going to try this method. Sand thru to the raw wood in places too.Apply your stain with a brush..Leave it on for a min then wipe it off with a rag.AWWW here it is, It fits and it's ready for the flag... I also stained the dowel the flag was on and I even stained the flag too. It you really want to age it even some more.. Take a little black paint and dip a stiff bristle brush in just a bit of it... and flick the brush over something like a used popsicle stick..flick the paint so it spatters on the star.. you have fly specks!

And there you are. I made 6 of them for the shop. The orginal is 12 inches tall. Just make sure you have the same size slot as the woods thickness so they fit together good. I don't glue mine.. they can be taken apart for storage..but then...mine sit out all year long.....I hope I explained this good enough.. Hugs Rene

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Friday Night at the Races

Ok, I asked my crew if anyone of them could please take some pictures of me racing.... this is the only one I got! I haven't left my pit spot yet!! I have just flipped the switch to start the car in this picture.. I am looking at my switch panel and am flipping the "on" then I push the button to start the car then I flip the lights for my dash. Then I check my oil gage which is right in front of me. SO this is me going out for the A Feature.
We had 25 in the Super Late Model class on the first night of the year. I qualified 12th and made the A feature by time. ( a good thing) I ran in the second heat ( of 3 heats) and finished 4th. Had to avoid a few crashes and even got a "Atta Girl" from one of my crew over my radios. Made me laugh in the car. I started 14th in the A feature. A 40 lap feature. Had to avoid a few more crashes. I finished 11th and in one piece! ( another good thing) I didn't really get IN any of them buuuuuttt....I poked the guy ahead of me taking the green flag.... got poked in the rear by a guy who didn't let up as fast as I did when the yellow flag came out. Got side swiped on the left side as I ran side by side with another driver,,and.... got side swiped on the right side as another driver tried to go up the middle, 3 wide with me on the bottom. SO both my numbers are scraped, the nose has a dent and the rear bumper a paint chip. Ok so not to bad for the first night of the year.... didn't scratch the roof right?? WELLLL my pit guy Scott was going to reach into the car to put the steering wheel back on so we could load the car..Well he didn't bend over far enough and slammed the top of his bald head right into the roof edge of my car just below my name! Put a tiny crack in the paint!! SO I hit everything but the pace car! Someone asked me before, how long have I been racing? This is the start of my 29th year.

Try not to be afraid

Ok I know,,scary picture.... BUT I needed to have something in the picture to show you how big my giant whale tail shelf? monster? is! SOOOO when my hubbie came in from working on the race car and god only know's what else he was in too ( and it looks like it might have been a bit dirty) He flopped down in the closest chair and I said "Hold these." and set the monster next to him. And with my cat looking on, a hole in his socks, a day plus old beard oil, grease , grime, in my good chair.. I took his picture... so don't be afraid... he cleans up pretty good.. but the main thing,,is...what do you think of the monster whale tail...shelf?? It stands 45 inches tall and is 12 inches wide. The other one that I got painted is 24 inches tall, and the raw wood one is about 11 inches tall. I took the 2 finished ones to our booth in Wis Dells.

I still have to tell ya about my race Friday night.. I got 1 picture ,, tonight when we take the car out of the hauler I'll take a few more to show you the contact I had.... well at least I didn't hit the pace car!

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