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xoxoxoBruce 12-21-2015 06:39 AM

Crafty DIYers
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Some creative expression come from the head/hand combination, like happy Monkey's roll of tape, or Limey's knitting needles.
Things people have built, such as this saddle stand.

limey 12-21-2015 11:58 AM

That's glorious!

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xoxoxoBruce 12-21-2015 02:36 PM

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But there's a danger someone might steal something that nice so you built a stone wall.

limey 12-21-2015 02:37 PM


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Happy Monkey 12-21-2015 03:37 PM

Very nice.

classicman 12-21-2015 08:42 PM

Holy cow, thats really something.

Pamela 12-21-2015 08:43 PM

Looks almost like they divided by zero...

xoxoxoBruce 12-21-2015 10:28 PM

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I've seen fireplaces and indoor stone comparable, but not outside.

You can make your own chairs.

limey 12-22-2015 04:46 AM


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xoxoxoBruce 12-22-2015 10:13 AM

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You can be rustic to posh.

xoxoxoBruce 12-23-2015 12:54 PM

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How about a jewelry box, it could earn you some extra kinky sex.
Or a unique table/coffee table that'll make your friends and neighbors say, "Hell izat".

xoxoxoBruce 12-23-2015 10:59 PM

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Or if you're after kinky sex with her and her girlfriend/sister/brother/clergy... ;)

xoxoxoBruce 12-25-2015 07:57 PM

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After all that kink you'll want to sit.

xoxoxoBruce 12-26-2015 12:43 PM

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Tables are handy, you can pile them up with future projects.

xoxoxoBruce 12-29-2015 03:35 AM

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For the rugged individualist a throne, for the man cave if you're married, or the living room if you're not.
Even the bedroom, think of all the clothes you could pile on that baby. ;)
How about the fanciest damn doggie door in town?

Griff 12-29-2015 11:04 AM


glatt 12-29-2015 11:30 AM

I keep looking at that door. I like it. I wonder how it's tied in to the wall. How is the wall constructed? I'm so used to straight pieces of wood. What does the lintel look like under there?

Griff 12-29-2015 11:38 AM

I'd guess the hinged edge is straight and the door closes flush against the back of the curved piece.

glatt 12-29-2015 12:15 PM

Do you think the curved piece holds up the wall? Is it structural for that part of the wall, or just finish carpentry?

glatt 12-29-2015 12:34 PM

Nevermind. I see it's a "cob house" which is made basically of mud and straw. This one is built on Mayne Island in BC. So it's not a concrete block wall covered by stucco, like I expected. It's mud and is totally organic.

Looks like the hinge side is a real stud covered by that driftwood log, and the swing side is the curvy driftwood log attached to the dried mud wall.

You can see it here at about 2:15

glatt 12-29-2015 12:38 PM

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Inside view.
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xoxoxoBruce 12-29-2015 12:43 PM

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I believe it's adobe, and the roof overhangs about four feet so it's semi-protected from the weather.

xoxoxoBruce 12-29-2015 06:44 PM

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Oh, I didn't see glatt snuck in there while I was off looking, because I didn't remember where I found it. 99% of the Cobb house links are on pinterest and you have to sign up. Fuck 'em. Yes the curved and sort of straight timbers on the outside are just casings.

I did the same thing over the windows and doors in my bedroom, to look like peeled log lintels. I found 12 ft beams which had two sawn sides, and two peeled, but they were Sycamore which is too weak for beams. Maybe that's why nobody had used them. Anyway, I sliced off the two peeled sides on the bandsaw, cut to lengths, and screwed to the walls.

xoxoxoBruce 12-29-2015 06:56 PM

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It's important to keep in mind you're making something YOU like, and it doesn't matter if I like it or not. You'll get the most benefit from the skills you develop so even if you fail, you win. Yin Yang tables and a desk.

Griff 12-30-2015 09:06 AM


Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 949967)

I did the same thing over the windows and doors in my bedroom, to look like peeled log lintels. I found 12 ft beams which had two sawn sides, and two peeled, but they were Sycamore which is too weak for beams. Maybe that's why nobody had used them. Anyway, I sliced off the two peeled sides on the bandsaw, cut to lengths, and screwed to the walls.

Cool man.

xoxoxoBruce 12-30-2015 12:41 PM

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If you know someone who has messed up their life, taken the wrong path and disappointed their sweet old mother, by playing bass, you could make them look good with a custom axe.

Undertoad 12-30-2015 02:24 PM

that's some fine work and would make someone a very excellent cutting board

:D no i kid i kid, but i would not buy an instrument with fine woods or woodworking on the BACK of it

that's where the belt buckle rash goes, it's meant to be destroyed

Griff 12-30-2015 02:28 PM

Well it is a bass so you play it up on your tits or down on your thigh, right?

xoxoxoBruce 12-30-2015 06:05 PM

And you wear your buckle over your left front pants pocket, as any good mechanic would so they don't scratch the fender. Same idea, different kind of Fender.;)

xoxoxoBruce 01-02-2016 01:28 AM

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DIYers build what they like, regardless of what anybody says. :rolleyes:

xoxoxoBruce 01-03-2016 02:06 AM

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Hey honey, wake up, I hear somebody banging the front door. ;)

xoxoxoBruce 01-04-2016 11:55 PM

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I'm thinking the crafty people are another kind of crafty too, because they like to build a place to park their butt.

xoxoxoBruce 01-06-2016 12:12 AM

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This fence not only looks cool, it appears robust enough to stop a raging bull, and sturdy enough to survive children. ;)

glatt 01-06-2016 08:34 AM

It almost looks like a gate.

I like it.

xoxoxoBruce 01-06-2016 12:17 PM

Maybe it is a gate, that would explain that block at the bottom in the center.

Griff 01-06-2016 09:05 PM

I need to inspect that up close.

xoxoxoBruce 01-06-2016 09:29 PM

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The more I look at it, the more I think glatt was right. Not a gate, but a pair of gates, that come together where I drew the white line. Each side is heavy framed, with a grid of 2x4s, then thin boards laid over the grid, interwoven together.

xoxoxoBruce 01-06-2016 09:33 PM

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When you finish that gate, you can build saloon doors for the pantry, and a fancy closure for the chastity belt.

fargon 01-07-2016 07:58 AM

I think that gate is carved and fitted.

xoxoxoBruce 01-09-2016 02:07 AM

I was about to post this folding screen...
... when it occurred to me, it looks like it has a ton of work in, well crafted, but I don't like it. It must be art, which requires good taste. :haha:
Then I says to myself, self says I, hmm, I made one of those folding screens I wonder if I've got a picture? Well I know damn well I've got a picture... in one of nine 3-ring binders, bulging with plastic sheets that hold 8 snapshots each, and are in quasi chronological order, except maybe three of them.

Miner's bump cap, carbide lantern, steel toed boots, hold my beer I'm goin' in.
Holy shit, it was rougher than I thought, no cave-ins or paper cuts, but a tsunami of memories and (shudder) feelings.
My god, the things I've forgotten (or suppressed:o), I was lucky to get out alive, I tells ya.
But I did manage to snatch a couple pictures of some of the tons of shit I've built.

So this is the screen, as you can see it ain't art. I put the black fabric panels in and she added the print on one side. I had a tough time figuring out how I was going to do this until I looked in a hardware catalog (pre-internet) and discovered the hinges they use for saloon doors which have to swing both ways. Then it was a piece of cake to design/build. The pictures are distorted, the verticals are straight as a fucking arrow.

glatt 01-09-2016 06:29 AM

I like them. You knew what you were doing.

xoxoxoBruce 01-09-2016 06:32 AM

Actually I just knew what I wanted and kept cutting off shit that didn't look like it would be part of that. :haha:

fargon 01-09-2016 06:35 AM

Real purty.

xoxoxoBruce 01-09-2016 05:20 PM

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The perfect desk for watching porn without getting bruises on your legs. :yesnod:

Griff 01-09-2016 07:05 PM


Originally Posted by fargon (Post 950800)
Real purty.


xoxoxoBruce 01-10-2016 07:07 PM

Since everyone is busy with football or getting ready for the coming work week, I slip this in while nobody's looking. :unsure:
It's not very pretty, and sure isn't art, but by god it worked flawlessly for nine months and I'm very proud of that.
Backstory - She broke her back and was going in for surgery with a long recovery. It came down to moving home with Mother, or install a toilet in the kitchen of the house(twin) she rented, since the bathroom and bedroom were upstairs. The dude on TV says, "Just don't fall" but those things are very spendy, so I built one. Time and money constraints said I had one shot at it. lift.jpg

A steel channel, actually two lengths, some angle iron, pipe, leather reclaimed from a diner booth, some roller bearings, and two garage door openers. Turned out I only need one opener but used both remotes.
The steel channel had been for an elevator in a private mansion, my buddy pulled it out of the dumpster during a renovation.
I measured her butt(12") and made the seat exactly as big as necessary to minimize the space used and not hit the wall when it swiveled.
The leather needed a serious treatment with Lexol to not crack when bent, and minimal padding because she's only sitting in it for less than a minute.
It rides in the channel on a steel plate with eight roller bearings for wheels, 4 on the bottom and 4 on the top so it couldn't lift or tip.
One remote at the bottom of the stairs and one at the top so she couldn't screw up and leave it behind.
Put a piece of 1 inch marine plywood in the landing at the bottom, pushed up against the door jambs, to attach the bottom to, and brackets screwed down through the carpet, midway and at the top.

The only problem she had was near the end of convalescence she would start to get off before it came to a full stop. Hey, garage door, do that and it changes direction. :smack: I hadn't anticipated that. Later she used it to carry laundry and shit, up and down, until she could carry it. I could have made it prettier but the paint was hardly dry when I installed it.

glatt 01-10-2016 07:40 PM

That's really impressive, Bruce.

busterb 01-10-2016 07:52 PM

Old boy you are bright. I knew about this, but never saw any photos. I want 2.

fargon 01-10-2016 08:00 PM


Originally Posted by glatt (Post 950978)
That's really impressive, Bruce.

What glatt said.

Clodfobble 01-10-2016 09:39 PM

Dude, you built that? That's incredible. I hope my son is as crafty and clever as you.

xoxoxoBruce 01-10-2016 11:19 PM

I was lucky, I'd intended to use garage door tracks, even tried a couple local installers but all they had was rusty bent take-outs. I'd dismissed that steel channel we had used to hang my 3,000 lb safe from, to get it off the truck, because it was too short. I mentioned it to me buddy and he says, oh, I have two of those. Badda bing, badda boom, everything fell in place. I still have the unused garage door opener in the box up in the attic, and the rest of that rig in the garage under the ElCamino. After she healed she didn't want it... or me. :haha:

xoxoxoBruce 01-13-2016 01:01 AM

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Back to the crafty...

Griff 01-13-2016 07:43 AM

That was brilliant Bruce! What'd you end up spending on parts?

xoxoxoBruce 01-13-2016 11:48 AM

I think I paid $300 for the two garage door openers, but only used one of them. Then the channel was free and most everything else was in stock. I might have picked up some paint or something, but nothing major.

My main hobby has been capability, the goal being to be able to fix, or build/improvise anything, at any hour. Of course that's an unattainable goal, but I've done pretty well. Now my brother is pissing and moaning about all the crap I've accumulated, and urging me to divest before he has to clean up after my demise. :right:

BigV 01-13-2016 10:38 PM

I volunteer.

but I'm busy for the next twenty five years, so you'll have to just tough it out.

Griff 01-14-2016 07:20 AM

Where do you store all that good karma?

xoxoxoBruce 01-15-2016 12:34 AM

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He sprinkles a little around the neighborhood every morning, keeping lawns neat and streets clean.;)

Old MacDonald had some wood strips, e-i-e-i-o
with a glued strip here, and a glued strip there
Here a joint, there a joint, everywhere a glued joint
Old MacDonald has a dining room set, e-i-e-i-o

xoxoxoBruce 01-18-2016 01:12 PM

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I guess with leather backs not offering any stiffening, the frames would have to be extra strong. Love the joints.

Happy Monkey 01-18-2016 01:35 PM

Very interesting joint. I had to sketch it out. It's a symmetrical joint (all boards have the same cut), but a 2x3 rather than square cross-section.

xoxoxoBruce 01-18-2016 05:01 PM

I wonder what the joint at the rear upright looks like, I see it has an open notch at the outside.

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