Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Scrap Wood project-completion photos

Hi Everyone,

The coffee shelf is finished. Here are the photos:

Today all that remained was to screw on the shelves and several hooks to hang coffee cups on. The bottom shelf was placed 4 inches above the bottom edge of the back so as to allow enough room for a cup to be hooked and unhooked easily.

The top shelf was placed 5 inches below the top edge of the back. And all I did was place two screws into each end threw the back of the unit:

Next I placed the hooks evenly across the bottom and screwed them in:

And here is the final photograph. It used up more scrap wood and it produced a usable set of shelves for bags of coffee and tins of loose tea.

Ok, this project is completed. In looking at it, I can see that it could be configured in a variety of ways to fit your needs. And if you made the shelves a little narrower, it would make a nice spice rack. 

I'm not sure what my next project will be at this point. I have some bookshelves to make for some young friends which I'll do off line and then if I have time, I'll construct a camp kitchen. 

So in the meantime, I'm feeding the local critters and going inside for some hot tea.

As always, thanks for dropping by and see you all soon,

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Recipe: Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Hi Everyone,

Well it's a pleasant November day and while I am still working on the coffee shelf, I decided that it's also good cooking weather so time for a recipe for chocolate oatmeal cookies.

I got this recipe many years ago from someone I used to work with. I've made it a zillion times and it always turns out great. It's chocolaty and chewy and it really hits the spot with a cup of hot coffee.

Here's the recipe

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 stick of margarine
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup of milk

Stir these ingredients together and cook until melted.
Cook for 3 minutes after the mixture boils (rolling boil).

Remove from the heat and add 1 tsp of vanilla and 2 cups of oatmeal (quick or old fashioned).
Stir well.

Drop by heaping tablespoon full on waxed paper and let cool. 

These are really good.

See you all tomorrow,

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Scrap Wood project, continued-applying the finish

Hi Everyone,

I went down to the shop today and started applying the polyurethane to the backing of the coffee shelf unit and the shelves and this is the color it is going to wind up being:

This color is composed of Minwax wood stain  Early American and Minwax Polyshades color pecan. Mixing the two adds a red undertone to the finish that I rather like. I used the pecan color on top of Minwax wood stain color honey for a coat hanger that I built about a month a go, and that came out really really nice.

There is a guide to mixing colors on the Minwax website and you can click here to see it.

In a day or two, after I've finished applying the polyurethan, I'll screw the shelves in place, screw on some metal hooks along the bottom of the unit and the project will be completed. I'll post completion photos then.

Stay tuned,