A Simple Project.
It started with an antique Long Island Rail Road hat rack that was in
my Dad's garage for many years. It's a combination of brass and copper.
I took it home one day and as luck
would have it -- it fit snugly over a nice beveled glass mirror that a friend gave me when she sold her house.
The mirror was stained, I painted the inside of the mirror gold and
the outside bronze.
Then we made a shelf for it. The wood was some oak from a near by
Church ...they threw out all the old kneelers, and we did a drive-by
(several trips) and picked up a load of old oak kneelers. The head knot took them
all apart and ran them through the planer. We made lots of stuff with the
'holy wood' :yes: This shelf is one project.
The insert on top of the shelf is mahogany, again we picked this up
curbside from a drive-by...someone was throwing out a mahagony desk.
I painted the little bead 0n the shelf gold -- to match the wrought iron brackets
that I ordered on line in black. I finished the brackets in both gold and copper to match the hat rack.
We're happy with the results, as we really love repurposing old stuff
and mixing it with some new woodworking.
Nice job - looks great
That is magnificent
You all have an artistic streak---super look---
Woodworking is our first passion. This is probably
the easiest thing we ever made.
I like to design our
pieces, which seems forever to complete, as we keep
making changes along the way.
I would like to put some of our pieces in an album
here...do you have such a thing here?
I'm not sure if I ever posted the walnut bird cage we made.
The walnut cage was the first cage we made for our love bird.
The second and larger cage we made was for our canary.
I'll show you the walnut cage, as it's my favorite of the two.
( I hope I didn't post this here already) :huh:
I found this ... I was surprised to see that we made this in January '09.
This is it before it was assembled and finished.
The background is french antique glass.
We used clear glass on the front and halfway
up the sides.
Just so you know (don't laugh) On small pieces like this I make it out of oaktag first,
the tape it together, I do this for size and to see the three dimension.
Project showcase would be the best spot to set up a gallery---
This is it finished...The back has a 'back porch' ... the reason for the back porch is to keep the food clean
as its outside the main cage.
The food can be changed from the back.
The glass on the front door is siliconed in...The half glass on the sides
is removeable. The knob is from good will, it's a bronze bird that I attached to a
wooden thing that was part of a christmas bulb.
The shelf that it sits on is a seperate piece.
The wire sides and back are from his old cage.
The above photos are from 2009...I have one more pic from
this summer I want to show, it's on my i-pad...I'll be back.
This is from this summer, I removed the door knob to use on
the canary cage...( the canary cage we also made a matching
There is no stain on this walnut, just my finish mixture of
linseed oil, poly and turpentine, applied with a rag...several coats.
I got this stand at home goods.
The love bird and the hounds that wants to eat the lovebird!
When I took this pic, my canary was up on top of the kitchen
cabinets while I was cleaning his cage.
Very nice projects. I love repurposing items whenever the chance arises, but nobody throws stuff like that out around here.
Thanks imima, and thanks Mike, I'll try
the album later. Hope it's not difficult.
This is the other bird cage. It's made from QS white oak.
We made a matching stand for it. Again the front is glass,
siliconed in...both side are half glass installed with clips
for easy removal...the back is plexi-glass with clips for removal
to make cleaning easy. The back porch is also slip on and off
plexi-glass -- the back porch is about 3" deep, just enough to
hold food dishes. Again the food stays clean as well as the
Also the inside bottom of both cages are wood, so we cut
(removeable) plexi-glass to put on top of the wood.
The first pic is to show the slip on back porch.
This is a great feature on a bird cage...anyone that has
birds knows what I mean. The seed stays contained to
Thanks for looking.
I like the cage---but I love the dog----Olympic sleeping champion!
The birds singing puts the hound to sleep and
the hounds continuous snoring stimulates the bird to keep
singing...everybody happy. :thumbup:
later that same dog day afternoon...
Very nice projects!
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