Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Hello Summer Plaque

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today showing you how to create a Summer plaque.

Draw a pattern on a piece of plywood.  I wanted a large summer shell.  Use the Scroll Saw to cut out  the design.  

Use the Disc Sander to sand the edges of the panel.   Then use the Delta Sander to sand any remaining edges.

Paint the panel with Plaid paint.   Allow to dry then randomly dry brush on some white paint.  Decorate with inked mesh.  While waiting for the glue to dry, add assorted shells created from Makin's Clay.   Ink the shells in assorted colors.  You could even add some real shells if  you had some available.

Stamp a script stamp with black ink randomly about the edges of the panel.  

Die cut palm trees and Hello Summer from Rinea Foiled Papers and adhere to the panel.

Finish by adding a stamped, colored and fussy cut Prima doll to the panel.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

How to Make a Hardwood Flash Drive Case

I love all things electronic!! As well as being functional, I want them to look and feel beautiful, too. I'll show you how to transform a plain, ordinary flash drive into a custom USB drive with a hardwood case.

Supplies and Equipment


  1. Careful open an existing USB flash drive. Once it is exposed, handle only by the USB end, avoiding the delicate electronic connections.
  2. Position the blank length of hardwood in the machine vice. Use a square to ensure that it is perpendicular in the vice.
  3. Load the drill press with a 5/64" bit. Drill a row of holes centered in the end of the hardwood blank. Stop frequently to expel accumulated dust and shavings from the hole being drilled. Do not remove the blank from the machine vice, just slide the vice from the drill press with the blank still in it. Repeat with successively larger drill bits—3/32" → 1/8" → 9/64"—occasionally gently checking the fit of the USB flash drive.
  4. Shape one end of the casing on the disc sander. Optionally, you can drill a hole in this shaped end for a key chain.
  5. Sand surfaces and knock down the hard edges using the Delta sander with progressively finer grits of sandpaper—80 grit → 150 grit → 240 grit.
  6. Glue the USB drive into the casing using liquid wood adhesive.
  7. Polish with paste wax or finishing oil.
  8. Now, go and back up your files!!

Friday, July 3, 2020

How to make a Swinging Chicken coat hanger

Hi everyone, Carol here.   I have a special project today.   Our neighbor's granddaughter is turning 9 years old and I want to make her something special for her birthday.  
They raise chickens and goats next door so I had a choice.    For this project I chose chickens.   Goats wait your turn.   They have a young grandson as well..   ðŸ‘¦ A project featuring goats is likely in the future.  

Let's get started.

Supplies and Equipment:

1" x 2" pine board about 7 feet long
1" x 6" x 18" pine or plywood.  Or (3) pieces of 1" x 6" x 5"
Proxxon mini drill press and drill bits
(6) straight 3" nails (minus nail heads)
(8) 1 ½" wood screws
Plaid paints of your choice.
2 small picture hangers
Wood glue

I used the Proxxon Mini table saw to cut my frame pieces to size. 
  I cut 4 pieces of the 1 x 2 to 16" lengths
and 2 pieces 5" long.   I put these aside for now

I free handed a chicken onto a piece of my larger wood.   I wanted her to be about 5" tall and 5" wide  I made sure she had a tail that could act as a " hook"   We need 3 of these

I cut the chickens out using the Proxxon mini band saw.

The next part is optional but recommended and actually kind of fun.
Using the Proxxon professional tool with the router base and chamfer bit I routed around the edges of the chickens to soften their edges. It was a little bit messy but worth it.  

After that I used the Proxxon OZI/E delta sander to smooth the edges even further.

Before and after

I need a hole in each head and each bottom.    The drill press allows me to make perfect perpendicular holes which is important so that the chickens can swivel.  

We need holes in the frame pieces as well.   Line up the chickens and place the nails in the chicken's head mark where the holes will go.  Then off to the drill press.  The holes in the top and bottom frame pieces will line up exactly.  Drill the holes in the center of the 1" side of the frame piece at your mark.

Ok, we still have 2 long frame pieces.   That is because I forgot that when we turn the chickens to use the hook the wall will prevent their turn.  So... glue the long pieces to the back side of the existing long pieces to make it thicker.  We are going to turn the end pieces on their side to complete the a little while.

Now take it all apart and paint it.   Plaid makes so many pretty paints.
Now,  put the nails in the ducks and then in the frame and using wood screws put the frame together by securing the sides to the top and bottom.    And it's done.  Don't make it too tight, the chickens need to swivel.

All it needs now is some picture hangers on the back and it is ready to hang.   Hope Emma likes it.

I had fun with this project.   I think just about any animal or whatever might work so long as there is something that can be used as a hook.    Customize it for any kid.

Thanks for visiting.   Thanks also to Proxxon and Plaid for their contributions of tools and paint.
Hope you try this.   Leave me a comment if you can.   Thanks again   Carol

Thursday, June 18, 2020

How To Build A Colonial Clamp On Candle Holder

     Hi everyone! Today I'm going to show you how I made a simple clamp on candle holder. It could be used with a real taper candle or a battery powered candle. It could be clamped on a window sill or a table. On the edge of a desk would be cute also. It's just a cute little accent piece.  Follow along with me and I'll show you how I made it.

Materials List:

  • 2" pine scraps
  • Proxxon Micro Band Saw
  • Proxxon Delta Sander
  • Drill and Drill Bit
  • Wooden Candle Cup
  • Adjustable Thumb Screw
  • Plaid Paint-Black
  • Spray Polyurethane

Draw out the pattern on the scrap pine.

Cut out the clamp with the Proxxon Micro Band Saw

Sand edges with the Proxxon Delta Sander.

Drill a starter hole for the candle cup. This will insure your wood wont split.  Attach candle cup with 1" wood screw.

Drill hole in bottom for thumb screw.

Test on edge of table for fit,

Remove screw and paint with Plaid Paint, I used Black.  After dry I sprayed the candle holder with clear polyurethane. Let dry. Insert thumb screw in bottom.  This will enable you to tighten it on the surface you choose.  Insert a battery operated taper candle or a wax candle.

Your clamp on candle holder is now ready to attach to whatever you wish.  I put it on the arm of a Windsor chair.

Thanks for following along with this project.    Colleen :-)


Proxxon power carver

Hi everyone, it's me, Carol again.  
Today I want to show you something really fun.   We are going to have a look-see at the Proxxon power carving tool.   I know you are going to love it.  I do!
Check out the video below.

Wasn't that cool?   I plan on showcasing this tool in future blogs so stay tuned.
Thanks for visiting.    Thank you Proxxon, another fine tool.!

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Country Chic Pig Wall Hanging

This pig is the second in a series of country chic wall hangings. The first was a country chic sheep. More are in the works, so check back often to catch them all.

Supplies and Equipment


  1.  Cover one side of the blank with painter's tape. Mist the back side of the pattern with spray adhesive, and mount on the taped blank. The painter's tape made removal of the pattern easy without leaving any sticky residue.
  2. Mount the pattern pieces on the blank.
  3. Cut the pattern pieces using the bandsaw or scroll saw.
  4. Sand any uneven edges on the disc sander.
  5. Use the bench drill press to drill holes for attaching the feet. Putting a 1/8" piece of scrap wood under the piece to be drilled helps to eliminate tear-out.
  6. Paint the pieces with FolkArt acrylic paints.
  7. Attach a small hanger on the reverse side of the body.
  8. Make corkscrew tail with 6" length of satin ribbon.
    1. Spiral the 18″ length of ribbon around a small knitting needle or skewer.
    2. Secure the ribbon ends with clips.
    3. Mist lightly with water.
    4. Bake in the oven at 250° F for 20 minutes.
    5. When ribbon is cool, gently slide off skewer.
  9. Glue pieces and tail in place with liquid wood adhesive.
  10. Paint eyes and nose hole details with black paint, or glue black rhinestones in place.
  11. Cut cording into four 7" lengths, and us to attach feet to body.