Projects from Inexpensive or Salvaged Materials
All projects below submitted by Kelly Craig, of Olympia, Washington
The sign-shelf-coatrack was at the request of a friend, for a family member who was getting married. The lettering is complements of a Bosch barrel saber saw. It’s cut into plywood, the edge of which was banded in African Mahogany, to match the two supports. The shelf is a plastic heavy composit material. The entire project was finished with three coats of amber shellac (Bullseye), polished with fine steel wool, then waxed.
The small etched glass mirror (12″x12″ from a mirror square) is framed in 2×2 out of a lumberyard 2×4. I, obviously, borrowed the etch design idea, then etched it using silica sand.
This entire project was born of resucues of items from yard sales and flea markets. The scales were a two dollar investment at a garage sale. Their original porcelain tops were missing, or damaged, so I replaced them with oak. I built the box from scrap oak. Then I installed the brass rails obtained from a flea market just to add a bit of contrast.
The large landscape frame was made from 2×4’s bought at a lumber yard. It consists of two frames joined by lapped and beveled pieces that inset to rabbited areas on the back side of the frames. – Kelly Craig, of Olympia, Washington