A Salvaged Xmas

I took a formalist approach to Christmas gifting this year, and thought I’d post the results, as I was pretty happy with how everything came up. The rule set was that all items had to be salvaged, down to the screws, although I gave myself permission to buy new oils for the finishes. The timber for all three items was from a eucalypt (not sure the variety) felled by a storm a few years back. It was good enough to fall the ‘right’ way, which was lucky, as it could have taken out half the house. We were very grateful to it, and figured it had to be imbued with good karma, so we had a  bloke slice it up with a portable (Lucas) mill. These are the first projects to result.

Cheese Board #1Cheese Board #2

I found the handles for the cheese boards in a cardboard box out back of the local antiques shop. I dropped them in Coke to get the worst of the muck off (Yes, it really works… you wouldn’t want to drink the stuff) and hit them with steel wool. The first lot, which I’m guessing were art deco wardrobe handles (circa 1930), came up beautifully. They were covered in paint and corrosion when I first picked them up, and I was shocked at how gorgeous they were when the colour came through. I think the second handle was silver plate – in places, you can see it wearing through to the coppery alloy beneath. I like the patina. Finish was linseed oil. The frame for the bathroom unit was roadside salvage, which I sanded back and resprayed. I used a chainsaw to groove the top shelf slab (60mm) to fit the frame without screws, and sliced up one of the few thinner (30mm) milled sections for the lower shelves. Finish is gloss lacquer.

Bathroom Unit

The felled tree is in the background here. I guess there was a shortage of food after the storm, as the birds were really hungry. When I get in the manuscript for the next novel, I want to use the best of the slabs to redo the countertops in the kitchen.


3 thoughts on “A Salvaged Xmas

  1. I like how you salvaged the birds, I’m assuming, to protect from the sun. Interesting use. No doubt their wings expand depending on the height of the sun.

    But these are really cool. Very nice work. And, yeah, the coke thing is a little disturbing. It’s fantastic cleaning car parts too. I probably shouldn’t drink it. [sips her coke]

  2. Nice stuff. I like making desk clocks from pieces of fallen timber. Cut a piece that has a nice grain, bore hole for the small clock to be inserted, sand to a glass finish, oil, shove the clock in, give it to someone. Get a swelled head from all the compliments.

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