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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY EVERYONE

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I hope everyone has had a great Valentine's day and a Wonderful Evening to come.

I am actually alone today, my husband got called out on an emergency job and had to leave me just after noon. However, he did have my Valentine's present waiting on me when I got up this morning, he got the trac lighting hung in the kitchen... And he ordered me this fantastic belt that should be here in a couple days....Oh girls...it is lovely...BIG SMILES...croc and rhinestones....OMG! I cannot wait...

Anyhow, I have been keeping my self very busy today...As most you know, I love to make wire jewelry, and I have lots if tools, as most do...I have made a couple tool holders and never seem to get what I really want out of them...so yesterday I was looking on a new site and saw this tool holder that I though might be just what I needed...

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Wired Up Beads Wood Pliers Stand
The picture below is their version:






So today, I made me one...

I measured my jewelry tools and got to work...

1st I found some scrap plywood in the shed...I have lots of scrap wood...then I made my marks and got the saw and started cutting. I used a miter saw to cut, it is one of my favorite saws to use...

I am sorry I did not take pictures of the beginning  of this process, it was COLD outside and I was trying to get back into the warm....SORRY!

But I can tell you the steps... after I got my plywood, and measuring, I decided the stand should be 8" tall 12" long and 6" wide.

I cut my lengths and then made my marks for the angles to cut. I cut each side on a 45deg angle.
That is what is so good about a miter saw, you just move it where you want your angles AND WA LA....

I did not take time to cut the little curves out to make the little legs...IT WAS JUST TOO COLD!!!

I then sanded (I used a Palm sander) the pieces that I had just cut out. I did not want any rough edges...
Then I rounded up some wood dowels, I always have these laying around as well...I used 5/8" dowels.

I cut my dowels on a scroll saw, the blade on it is very tiny and gives a cleaner cut. 

My dowels measured 15" for the top center, and 12" for the two side ones.

Then I could go back into the warm house....WINK!!!

I got my drill and found a drill bit that was same size as my dowels, I wanted a snug fit when I put it together. I then marked where I wanted my tools to sit and started drilling my holes.

I drilled all the way through the wood at the top dowel location...

A TIP...PLACE THE PIECE YOU HAVE ALREADY DRILLED ON TOP OF OTHER PIECE TO BE DRILLED, AND START YOUR HOLE THROUGH THE ONE ALREADY DRILLED...that way you will be in exact same spot on each piece.

Then I laid one of my pliers on one end piece and marked where I wanted my side dowels. I made sure that they were placed just right so that the pliers would rest against them...it keeps them centered on your rack.

ANOTHER TIP: AFTER YOU GET YOUR FIRST SIDE DOWEL HOLES DRILLED, LAY YOUR END PIECES SIDE BY SIDE, THIS ALLOWS YOU TO MAKE SURE ALL HOLES ARE LINED UP CORRECTLY.  

I AM SO SORRY I DID NOT TAKE PICTURES... I AM USUALLY PRETTY GOOD ABOUT THAT...I PROMISE THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN AGAIN.

I used Gorilla Wood Glue in each dowel hole and with a rubber mallet I gently tapped the dowels into the holes on one end and then lined them up with the other holes and did the same thing again.

I FOUND IT WAS EASIER TO STAND IT UP RIGHT TO DO THIS STEP...I HELD IT AGAINST MY STOMACH AND TAPPED THE OTHER END UNTIL ALL DOWELS WERE SECURE.
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side view after all dowels inserted.



I then took my top 15" dowel and gently tapped it through from one end to the other...This really made the whole thing very sturdy.

Then I just pressed the whole thing together, just to make sure everything was secure and straight...and then let it sit to dry.

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Finished holder with tools, you can see where the dowels are located.

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Finished piece with all tools.
So what do you think...I think it turned out just the way I needed it...


I know I will get lots of use out of it.


I like how the tools are contently accessible. 




I am glad you stopped by today and please stop back anytime.

Charlene
www.cclrlycreative.com

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