Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Proxxon Tools Make Great Summertime Vase Holders!

I know that Summer hasn't started yet and that Spring is still here but that doesn't mean that you can't get ready for it. I decided to make something that could be used inside but that could be placed outside when entertaining.

Supplies Needed for this Project:

Proxxon Drill
Proxxon Jigsaw
Glass marbles
Artificial flowers
Plaid Chalk Paint

Once you have gathered your materials, start by cutting out all of your pieces. Use your Proxxon Band Saw and cut out the top piece that is 18" X 2 1/2", a bottom piece that is 18" X 3", two side pieces that are 10" tall and 3" wide at the bottom X  tapered to 2 1/2" at the top. 

Mark the circles that your vases will go in evenly across the top of the board and cut them out with the Proxxon Jigsaw . 

This is a before picture.

I used the Proxxon Belt Sander to smooth out all of the rough edges.

Use your Proxxon Drill to make pilot holes in your wood. Use your Plaid Chalk Paint to paint your pieces and once that is dry, then screw all of your pieces together. You must put your vases into the holder prior to assembly as they can't be removed once the piece is put together.

Add your glass marbles and artificial flowers to make your piece turn out like this! A beautiful piece that will last forever. 

Check out all the wonderful tools that Proxxon has to offer at and all of the wonderful things that Plaid offers at Both companies have wonderful products. Leave a comment below to let me know what you think of this project.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

How to Make a Cribbage Board from Reclaimed Wood

Sometimes things just come together at the right time and with the right materials. That's the case with this cribbage board made from reclaimed wood. I needed a birthday gift from my son who enjoys all kinds of games. I had been hoarding a couple slabs of reclaimed olive wood, and he didn't have a cribbage board, so, as they say—the rest is history.

Equipment and Supplies to Make a Cribbage Board

Instructions for Making a Cribbage Board

  1. Paint four of the rivet heads with Liquid Leaf Gold and four with Liquid Leaf Silver (or paint colors of your choice). I found it easiest to dip the heads in the paint rather than try to use a brush. Set aside to dry.
  2. Print the board template. 
  3. Cover the piece of wood with painter's tape. Spray the reverse side of the template, and adhere to the taped wood. Using painter's tape protects the wood from adhesive residue and makes for easy removal of the template.
  4. Select a brad point drill bit slightly larger than the shaft of the rivets. 
  5. Set the drilling depth of the drill press so the holes do not penetrate the back surface of the wood slab. Drill the holes according to the template.
  6. My piece of wood is irregularly shaped, so the drill bit needed to be manually positioned for each holes. However, if you are using a piece of wood with a flat edge, you can set the adjustable fence to drill each line of holes.
  7. Keep the flutes of the drill bit clean to ensure accurate drilling.
  8. Use the Proxxon Delta sander with progressively finer grits of sandpaper to sand the surfaces of the wood.
  9. Use olive oil to buff and polish the sanded piece.
To complete the gift presentation I embroidered a sleeve for the board. Yes, his birthday is on the fourth of the month :)


Friday, May 17, 2019

How to make a hanging storage unit for your workshop

Ok everybody. I have a confession to make.   I am a tool hound and I admit it.   Now that has created a little bit of a problem for me.   I have a nice workshop, that  also serves as an extended garage so storage and organization  have always been a problem.   I need a dedicated level space so I can actually "work" on the workbench , but, I also want my beloved tools to be right handy too.  And while I am whining just a little bit,  let me add, what can I do with all those electrical cords??????

Equipment and Supplies
Pegboard, size of your choosing (this will be the back of your cabinet)
1 x 8 x ?  Cut to equal sides matching the side lengths of your pegboard plus a top and bottom that  match your pegboard's top and bottom lengths.
My cabinet measured 24 x 37. and was 6" deep
1/2" x 6" board (from which you will make your custom compartments)
Pegboard pegs, cup hooks, nails and screws.
Proxxon mini table saw
Proxxon OZI/E delta sander
Proxxon professional rotary tool with small drill bits
Cordless drill with screwdriver bits.

The first thing I did was to build my "box"  This was done simply by cutting the wood to size and then using 1 1/2" screws to put it together.   I always use my Proxxon rotary tool with a small bit to make pilot holes.  I hate it when a wood piece is split by a screw.

We got the box 
Now comes the fun part.

I had a vague idea about what I was going to store in my cabinet so I cut pieces of my 1/2" thick board to sizes that would make my various compartments.   I used the Proxxon mini table saw for this and of course I always sand everything smooth using my Proxxon OZI/E delta sander.  I still hate, hate, hate, splinters! and I still love, love, LOVE  OZI/E for making them go away.

Put together, mine looks like this.     The two boards up top are going to be secured to the rafters above my workbench so the cabinet will hang.   The screws are 2 1/2" long.  I don't want this thing to fall.

I painted the outside blue with some house paint I had left over.   Then I went nuts adding pegs and cup hooks, nails to hang things on etc.  My wonderful Proxxon hand tools now have dedicated hook and will always be handy, always plugged in, and always ready to go.   Check it out!  I mounted a power strip on the back and cup hooks to hold the extra long cords out of the way.

See my Proxxon rotary tool, my Proxxon OZI/E delta sander and my Proxxon mini Jigsaw hanging on the bottom?  Handy huh?   And I have my dust mask, my sanding pads, my glue, tape, clamps, screws, nails, ear protection, gloves, pencils and and and,......All this used to be on the table, in the way and getting knocked over.   And look at the back, my cords are handled.  Yay.  👍😊

  Hope this inspires you.  When you run out of space look up.   
Thanks Proxxon, and thank you all for visiting.     Till next time.  Enjoy the day.  Carol

Thursday, May 16, 2019

How To Make a Colonial Tavern Sign

Hi everyone!! As some of you might remember from my previous projects, I'm obsessed with antiques and everything colonial.
I wanted to make my own version of an antique tavern sign to hang over my fireplace. Follow along with me and I'll show you how I did it.

  • Proxxon Micro Bandsaw
  • Proxxon Delta Sander
  • Print of your choice enlarged for the project
  • 1/2' sanded birch plywood 30' x 14"
  • Plaid Inspirations chalk paint  Ink color
  • Plaid Inspirations wax  antique color
  • Plaid Apple Barrel paint  Sunbeam color
  • Plaid Mod Podge  Matte finish
  • Assorted wooden trim moldings
  • small pieces of scrap pine for finials
  • Paint brushes for lettering
  • 2" paint brush
  • white pencil
Cut plywood 14" x 30"

Draw scroll pattern on top and bottom of plywood. Cut out design using the Proxxon Micro Bandsaw.

Sand all edges with the Proxxon Delta Sander.

Paint the back with the Plaid Inspirations paint in the Ink color and let dry. Paint the front except where the print will be glued.

Apply Mod Podge on the back of print. Carefully apply print to the unpainted surface of your plywood. Smooth out any bubbles and let dry. After dry apply Mod Podge to the front of print. I stipple it on so when dry it gives it an aged look.

Draw your lettering on with a white pencil.

Fill in your lettering with the Plaid Apple Barrel Paint in the Sunbeam color.

Cut trim moldings to size using the Proxxon Micro Band Saw. I applied them using wood glue.

I cut small finials from scrap wood. Shaped them with the Proxxon Delta Sander and glued them at the top of the rope molding.

I dry brushed on the Plaid Inspirations Antique wax in certain areas to make it look old.  let dry. Lastly, I brushed on one coat of Mod Podge over everything.

I love how it turned out! Can't wait to hang it up! Thanks for following along with me.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

How to Create a Sewing Panel

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here to show you how to create a sewing panel for that special someone who enjoys sewing.

I started by drawing a circle on a panel.  Using the Micro Bandsaw, I easily cut out the circle.

Next, I used the Disk Sander to quickly sand the edges of the panel.

Finally I used the Bench Drill Press to put a hole in the panel for the hanger.

Now that the panel was ready, I used a stencil with molding paste to add dimension to the panel.  Once dry, I painted the panel with Plaid paint.

For more dimension, I used the stencil again on the painted panel.  Then I pulled assorted sewing elements and arranged them on the panel, painting them with Plaid paints.

Create and Sew were die cut from Rinea Foiled Paper.  A piece of burlap was draped over a hanger and a sewing machine added on top.  

Twine was wrapped around the 2 spools and threaded through the 2 needles.  

What do you think?