Beautiful Singer Legs
We managed to get a beautiful Singer based table for free a couple of months ago, it had been used outside by an elderly couple and had seen better days. The top of it was a really thick piece of oak that had a rotten crevice down the middle of it, we thought it would have to be thrown away but once it dried out we saw potential. Ben has taken the top to work on himself and he assures me it is looking beautiful.
I thought it was time that I got to work on the legs so we could get the table put back together finally. Ben said a wire brush should be fine to get the old layers of paint off and safer than a stripper with the kids around. I took to work with the wire brush he had left for me, it was blooming hard going and I feel like I didn't really achieve much apart from destroying the wire brush! Ben said he will use some stripper on it over the weekend to help me out, it would have been nice for him to do that in the first place!
This morning I treated myself to an orbital sander to make the sanding of these pieces a lot easier, it certainly was! I got most of the pieces sanded and then took advantage of the hot and sunny day to get the first coat on these. These are 2 of the colour sets, I can't decide on the wood shades yet but at least I love these ones!
Have a look at how these beautiful blocks started life.
Lets play with the new saw!!
For Christmas I treated myself to a mitre saw to make creating and making easier and quicker, we finally got it out of the box last weekend! Isn't it just typical that you really need to have something and then once you get it you can't find the time to actually use it! Well, last weekend Ben used this for the first time and gave me a quick 2 minute tutorial on how to use it, today I go solo for the first time, what could possibly go wrong?? The sun was supposed to be making an appearance today but as is typical of the British weather it hasn't. Instead I got wrapped up and took the plunge.
I managed to get most of the wood I had cut to size before I had a slight mishap and broke the safety guard, I got a little bit over confident cutting the dice pieces which were too big to cut though without turning. I'm thankful that the safety guard got mangled and I came off without a scratch, I know it could have been worse! Lesson learned, respect the power tools, take things slowly and pay attention. I managed to get the safety guard off but I'll leave it to Ben to see if everything is working OK before I try and use it again.
Now to get sanding and get the sample colours onto these pieces, I'm planning on 3 sets of these tumble towers (Jenga) to hire through Shropshire Garden Party, a bright and colourful set, a pale coloured set and then a set that is different wood stains. I think they're going to look pretty awesome personally so I'll keep you posted!
If you would like to see some of the colours we decided on then have a look here.
We're finally getting started on the Piano Bar!
We acquired this beautiful piano for free back in 2013 while we were living at RAF Cosford, Ben had been watching a Kirstie Allsopp show and had become inspired to create something wonderful with it. But it sat in our porch there for 18 months until we moved to Oxfordshire, lived in the shed there for a year until we moved back to Telford and has lived in our garage for a year until we finally got round to starting it!
Ben has stripped most of this and I had the pleasure of trying to get all of the wire off, I've still got some left to do but my fingers got blistered doing this and I had to stop for now! Now it's started I'm hoping it won't be an eternity until we continue working on it and get it done.
Below is a picture of some ticket pieces that came out of the piano, they were being used to prop a piece of wood so it was a good find for us and I'm glad we took all of the bits out to discover these. From the date on the tickets our lovely piano was manufactured before 1893!
This is going to be a personal project and I can't wait to get it done and fill it up :)
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