Friday, October 20, 2017

How  To make A Welcome To Our Home Plaque 

Finished Plaque.

How I start this plaque is to develop a design. Since it is fall I decided to go with that theme, besides, I love the colors.  Proxxon Scroll Saw is going to make this a snap.

I draw a shape I want for the plaque and leaves, then I play with it till I am happy with the layout. 


Now I am ready to get the wood for the job.  I know we has a surplus of laminated flooring and decided to use some of that. This makes the project very inexpensive.

Plaque cut out. Lovely Color no paint needed. 

The Proxxon Scroll Saw makes short work of this with ease.

This Proxxon Delta mini sander is a favorite tool . While your sanding don't forget that you need to smooth the sides of the leaves. This tool makes getting into the curves and narrow areas no problem.

Now begins the painting. After the first two coats of white as a base I used Plaid Pickling paint # 5828 a soft yellow.  I picked the areas of the leaf that I wanted yellow leaving some areas white.

New Home Sign

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today with a fun new sign I've created for my house.   It was easily created with the help of some amazing Proxxon Tools.

Using a bark edged panel, I sanded it with the Delta Sander.  Then I painted it with Folk Art Color Shift Acrylic Paint  - Yellow Flash.  Once dry, I added streaks of Folk Art Brushed Metal Paint - Silver.

I placed a Plaid Folk Art Stencil - Tropical Leaf Stencil - on the wood then painted leaves in assorted colors of  Folk Art Color Shift Acrylic Paint - Red Flash and Green Flash.

I moved the Leaf Stencil around the wood adding 3 leaves.

Once the sign dried, I used the Bench Drill Press to drill holes in the top edge. 

Using some left over numbers, I painted them with Folk Art Color Shift Paints in Green Flash and Red Flash and glued them to the sign.  Finally, I added some fuzzy trim and hung my sign.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

How to Make a Rustic Lantern

This rustic lantern is a great project for a beginning work worker—and it uses those scraps that an experienced work worker accumulates. Just by changing the final finish on this rustic lantern, it fits with any home decor.

Supplies for Making the Rustic Lantern

  • Scrap lumber or MDF (I used ¾" MDF for my lantern.) to yield the following pieces:
    • Two 4" x 4" x ¾" squares
    • One 2¾" x 2¾" x ¾" square
    • One ¾" x ¾" x ¾"square
    • Four 8" x ¾" x ¾" columns
    • Eight 2" x ¾" x ¾" cross pieces
  • Clamps
  • Wood glue
  • Bronze spray paint
  • FolkArt Painted Finished Dark Rust Acrylic paint

Equipment for Making the Rustic Lantern

  1. Cut the two 4" squares and 2¾" square for the base and top of the lantern on the table saw. 
    The blade guard was removed for the photo. Always cut with the guard in place.
  2. Cut seven ¾" columns on the table saw with the longitudinal stop set for ¾" cuts. 
    The blade guard was removed for the photo. Always cut with the guard in place.
  3. Use the band saw to cut down three of the columns into 2" lengths for the cross pieces and the ¾" finial.
  4. These are the lantern pieces ready to assemble. Now would be the time to sand any rough areas using either the Delta sander or the disc sander. Since I used MDF, I didn't need to do any sanding.
  5. Begin assembling the lantern by gluing two columns and two cross pieces to form a frame. Make a second frame with the remaining columns and two more cross pieces. Clamp the frames until the glue dries.
  6. Glue and clamp the remaining four cross pieces in place to join the two frames.
  7. Assemble the top of the lantern:
    1. Measure and mark one of the 4" squares for the placement of the 2¾" square. You will need 5/8" allowance on each side of the 4" square.
    2. Measure and mark the center of the 2¾" square for the placement of the finial.
    3. Glue the 2¾" square to the 4" square, and glue the finial to the center of the 2¾" square. 
  8. Glue the lantern to the remaining 4" square base. Then, glue the top on the lantern.
  9. When the glue is dry, spray the lantern with bronze spray paint. allow the paint to dry thoroughly before adding the Painted Finishes coat.
  10. Use FolkArt Painted Finishes Dark Rust as the final coat. This adds the texture of rusted metal as well as adding color.
FolkArt Rust Painted Finishes acrylic paint
Texture of the Rust Painted Finishes
Be safe. Only use a real candle for display purposes. Enjoy your rustic lantern with a battery operated candle.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Another Reused, Repurposed, project to make a Chalkboard

Hi guys! Today I want to show you what I created by using a cabinet door, and my Proxxon Delta Sander and Proxxon Drill.

Items needed for this project: 

1 wooden cabinet door
Proxxon Delta Sander
Proxxon Drill
White Gesso
Chalkboard Paint
Indian Red Acrylic paint

Paint brushes
Plaid Mod Podge
Napkins with pattern of choice
2 heavy duty screw eyelets
hanger of choice (string, ribbon, rope etc)

I know, where did I come up with a new cabinet door? Well some years back, I purchased a box of cabinet door samples that I just hadn't used for anything until recently. This one was really great for this project. You can find all sorts of things in thrift shops, at yard sales, flea markets, you get the idea.
I used my Proxxon Delta Sander to smooth out any rough spots that might keep the chalkboard paint from being smooth to write on.
I then painted the inside of the door with the chalkboard paint. I painted on four coats to make sure that it wouldn't wear off very soon. I also painted the outside edge of the door with white gesso, two coats.
Once that was done I drilled two holes in the top of the cabinet door and screwed in the two eyelets. I also painted the outside edge of the door with Indian Red Acrylic paint.
After the gesso and chalkboard paint was completely dry, I used the Plaid Mod Podge to adhere the napkins to the outside of the chalkboard and I also put a coat of the Plaid Mod Podge over the top of the napkins to give it a sealed surface. I tied yellow ribbon through the eyelets and here's the finished product, a really awesome chalkboard.
Do you remember the towel holder that I made out of the rolling pin? Well lookie here they both match each other and can both be hung in the kitchen/dining area. I really like it that I made two pieces which go together, what do you think about it? Please leave me a comment below and please check out the tools that Proxxon has to offer at:


How to make an expandable book shelf

Hi everyone.   Today I want to show you how to make an easy expandable book shelf using some amazing tools from Proxxon

This is a super easy project.  What makes it different is how versatile and customizable it is.  The bookshelf can be long or short to  hold a few books or a bunch of books.  And  the bookends can be cut and decorated any way you like.  Design them for a  formal study or a child's room... Be serious or whimsical, you choose.  But most importantly, lets have some fun building, using these fun tools that make it so easy.

Equipment and Materials needed:


Drill and drill bits
1" wood screws (8)
screwdriver or screwdriver bit for drill
wood board, I used pine 1" x 4" approximately 16 " long
pine or similar wood 1/2" x 2"  length is how long you want your book shelf  (need 2 pieces)
plywood or pine 1" x 8" x 16"  (may need bigger for large bookends)
Plaid paints
wood glue

Ok, lets get started:
Here is the plan I created and used.   This shape can be used for the book spine look or the tree design.  

Start by cutting out your pieces.   I used the proxxon table saw to cut all the straight pieces.  It was so easy using that tool.  The bookends were cut first with the table saw then shaped using the proxxon jig saw.   I bet the proxxon mini scroll saw would do the job as well.  I chose a tree shape for my pattern this time but you could choose a different shape if you wanted.   I actually made 4 of these, all different.  They might end up as Christmas gifts.  😄  Here I am cutting the balloon shape with the proxxon jig saw.   Next I am sanding the tree shaped one using my new favorite tool, the proxxon delta sander

Putting it together is easy.  Simply place the bottoms on the bases and secure them with wood screws.  I predrilled the holes then countersank the screws and applied cover buttons and glued them in to cover the holes.

Now, take the bookends you've cut, and painted to your liking and turn them sideways and slip them in the slot.  Turn them 90 degrees to hold the books. The slight tilt backward will keep them from sliding wherever on the base you put them.

It will hold a few  books...
                                            or a bunch

Now get creative.  Use your imagination on the bookends.  As you can see I made 4 different sets.  I painted them with plaid paints.

Hope you had fun with this.     I did.  See ya next time.  Carol

Friday, October 6, 2017

Spooky Time Sign

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today with a fun Spooky sign you can add into your Halloween décor.  It was easily created with the help of some amazing Proxxon Tools.

At the end of last season I found this funky blue sign and picked it up knowing I'd be able to create a fun project with it.  Every wood project needs to be sanded and the Delta Sander is perfect to sand down all imperfections, no matter the size of your project. 

The panel was blue so I painted on several layers of Plaid Folk Art Paint - Brushed Metal Silver to create a frosty background effect.

I used a Plaid Folk Art Stencil to add some faux dimension to the sign with Brushed Metal Copper

Then I added letter stickers down the center of the sign.  In place of the Os I used skulls which I painted with Brushed Metal Copper.  Once dry, I added some wiggly eyes.  To the sides of the sign I added flourishes that had been painted with Brushed Metal Bronze.

To finish I used the Bench Drill Press to drill holes so I could hang my sign.

The drill press is amazingly easy to use and drills perfectly round holes!

I added some funky threads to use as a hanger.  But I could also use the sign amongst the pumpkins on my front porch to welcome all the Trick or Treaters.


Thanks for stopping by.