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Cranberry lamp

Indeed, it looks like cranberries in a bottle, it’s even a cranberry liqueur bottle. Coincidence? – I don’t think so. The contents determined the LED string colour, it could be anything, but for this project I used red lights. I simply drilled a hole for the LED string, installed a grommet and plugged the lamp …


Toilet sign

Using a scroll saw was never easy for me. I find it complicated and tricky, but I don’t give up and do some practicing from time to time. MDF scraps seem to be the best for this purpose. I printed out a template and fixed it to the board with contact adhesive. It’s always easy …


Wooden doormat

It’s nice to have a doormat, especially at the back door, where some mud can be carried into the house from the garden. It creates a barrier between wet and dry surface. Hardwood would be ideal for this project, but I only had some pressure treated softwood on hand. Also, some decking stain could be …


Large planter

I liked the look of the small rustic planter and simply couldn’t resist to make another one, bigger and probably stronger too. Same as the small one, this one too is built of 1×7’s, I also ripped some 2×3’s in half for the legs and the bottom rails. I used screws instead of nails and …


Small rustic planter

Made of pressure treated wood, cut with a hand saw and put together with nails and butt joints. Simple and quick project, but quite enjoyable as it involved woodworking and gardening. It’s just this time of the year, perfect for combining these two. There was a need for another planter and there was leftover wood, …


Post on runners, a stand

Simple construction and the look that matches my other projects in the room, i.e. my pedestal table and the cascade shelf. I used scraps to build this platform, some of them were even pre-finished with lacquer. I didn’t want to remove that finish from them, but also wanted to treat the charred wood with oil. …

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