We could use your creative ideas

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  1. Cabin Fever

    Cabin Fever Life NRA Member since 1976 Supporter

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    we scored some treasures at the farm auction this weekend. I bought a commercial-grade bandsaw (Foley-Belsaw) for $150 and we also purchased about 1500 board feet of rough-sawn lumber (oak and birch) for $75. We are thinking about making wall-coat racks, shelves and bucket benches to sell at the craft shows around here. It seems that these items sell well if item is made from lumber that still shows the circle-saw marks....it's the rustic mystic, I guess.

    Any other ideas of what one could make from rough-sawn lumber...I'm not a furniture maker and don't have a planer, so any "fancy" items are out of the question. WIHH is a master artist, so how could we combine rustic with paint...signs or wall hangings maybe?

    But on your creative thinking caps and come up with some ideas for us. We would appreciate any input.

    This is an example of a rustic coat rack I have made:
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    And this is a so-so example of WIHH painting ability:
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    Give us some new ideas...PLEASE!!!!!
     
  2. bob clark

    bob clark A man's man

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    bird houses, the more rustic the better
     

  3. mightybooboo

    mightybooboo Well-Known Member

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    WOW! Congrats on the great finds!

    BooBoo
     
  4. Mid Tn Mama

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    Birdhouse replicas of famous houses and buildings in your area. In our area they are "See Rock City" birdhouses that look like the signs that used to be painted on red barns all over tn.
     
  5. Maura

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    A pieces of wood with welcome type sayings painted on and a curly wire to hang it with.
     
  6. moopups

    moopups In Remembrance

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    Go to the woodworking sticky in the links library, messmen site. More ideas there than you will find time to ever complete.
     
  7. Ed Norman

    Ed Norman Well-Known Member

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    Picture frames in standard sizes, with custom sizes available for much more money. People snap up all the barn wood they can find to make frames with around here.
     
  8. Fla Gal

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    Hat racks, shadow boxes of various shapes. If you have any desire to whittle or do a little woodworking, with a dremel, you could take a flat piece of wood, make some cuts to make it look like a critter, paint or not paint and make them wall hangings. Make bread baskets to set on the table at mealtime with bread or biscuits in them.
     
  9. Jerngen

    Jerngen Perpetually curious! Supporter

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    My father-in-law built this last weekend with some old barnwood. In each of the three spaces they put a small clay pot with flowers and hung the whole thing up on the side of the house. It looks very cool!


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  10. Ahne Homestead

    Ahne Homestead Well-Known Member

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    How about an old time bench for the porch.
    small table
    vertical coat rack
    welcome signs
    garden signs
    flower boxs
     
  11. celticfalcon

    celticfalcon tom

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    if theres enough lumber,a table for a cabin or a small hutch/computer desk.
     
  12. beowoulf90

    beowoulf90 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    How about some mortised leg benches... They sell well in this area..
     
  13. jnap31

    jnap31 garden guy

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    CF Thanks for the CD,it came today.I will watch it with my friends here when we get a chance, It should be a pleasure to watch. I will send it back with your postage later, Thanks again, Jesse
     
  14. Jan Doling

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    garden furniture
    dog house to match the barn or cabin
     
  15. JAK

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    I made some birdhouses and painted them for Christmas presents one year.
    They were pretty hoaky, and customized for each recipient. Very well received.

    You could build em and WIHH could paint them, and then switch for fun also.
     
  16. JAK

    JAK Well-Known Member

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    Children's toys is another good one. Endless possibilities there.
    You can do a lot with hand tools. You don't need power tools.
     
  17. JAK

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    You could also make planters and containers and even raised beds and compost bins.
    I'm not sure how you would paint them, or what paint you would use on rough sawn lumber,
    but I think a little bit of paint can be fun and goes a long way in selling stuff.
     
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    Cabin: Consider that you can resaw the thick wood with your new bandsaw giving you another thickness to work with. You may need a wider saw blade to make the job go well. Enjoy your finds...Glen
     
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    How about birdhouses suitable for bluebirds? I know people snatch up cutesy birdhouses, but I'd like servicable ones.