I came across an old 24x24inch mirror and I had some old cedar 2x material so I decided I would try to make a framed mirror and coat rack. The cedar came from my old workbench that I tore out of my shop because of it’s lack of function. I didn’t realize it was cedar until I cut into it.
To make the frame I ripped a 2×6 piece of cedar roughly in half. I then cut those pieces to oversized for the frame. The next step was to cut a channel into the material to accept the mirror. The mirror is about 1/4 inch thick. To cut the channel I set my blade height to approximately 1/2 inch and marked the cut on my stock. I was able to center the channel by intentionally setting my fence to cut slightly off-center then flipping the stock. After that I cut the waste from the center buy moving my fence in a little bit.
The next step involved using my miter sled to cut the angles for the frame. (If you don’t have a miter sled I highly recommend you make one for your table saw). For the shelf I had some 2×6 material that I cut to what, I think, is a good proportion. I attached everything with glue and pocket hole screws.
I didn’t have any hooks on hand so I ran to the hardware store and was able to find some antiqued brass hooks that work well with the patina.
To mount it to the wall I used a “french cleat” for it’s strength, stability and relative ease in mounting. It’s now for sale on Etsy.
I shot a video of the build that I’ve uploaded to Youtube.
I made two of these boxes. One for a friend’s birthday, the other is to sell on Etsy. The box measures 20″Lx13.5Wx6″D. It’s the perfect size for your ammo, cleaning supplies, shooting gear, or tools (if you prefer). My goal for this project was to combine beauty with function.
Custom Ammo Crates
Each box is finished with stain and a satin wipe on polyurethane for a durable/protective coating that will last for years. As an added feature, I cut a stencil to apply a name or short message.
These boxes take about 3-4 hours to make, and cost around thirty dollars in material (not counting finishing). I made a video for my YouTube channel on how to make this yourself, if you so desire.
Here’s the video. Help me out by ‘liking’ this video and ‘subscribing’ to my channel.
Minwax Wipe-On Poly Finish Clear Satin
Minwax Wood Finish Interior Wood Stain, Early American
Available for $38 each. plus shipping.
These framed pieces are made from pine, salvaged tin, and silhouettes cut from different types of plywood for different looks. I make many different designs and these make great gifts.
For currently available frames visit my Etsy store buy clicking the “Etsy Badge” on the left sidebar of this site. Or click here to open a new tab directly to my store. Since I only list what I have available most items ship within 1-2 business days.
Texas Wall Art
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This project has been one of the most infuriating projects I’ve done in a long time.
Our small town did a city-wide clean up a few months ago. If you had something you didn’t want you could put it out on the side of the road and the city would come buy and get it. That’s how I found this dresser. I knew it was happening so I went looking for some new projects. When I came upon what I dub the “Dresser from Ave D” it was stained, colored on, spilled on, etc. A few drawers were missing, as was most of the hardware. I thought it would be cheap and easy to “flip” this into an entertainment center and sell it for profit.
The Dresser from Ave D (Before)
Cheap and easy didn’t happen. With time, materials, and profit I would have to sell this dresser for over $700 based on my pricing formula (which is very fair IMO). I’m listing it at $500, That has me making less that I would like but at least I’m breaking even on materials and labor.
It turned out great. If we had room in our living room it would be our new entertainment center (that comes from my wife). The wood is finished with gel-stain, then sealed with wipe-on poly. I used an off-white/cream paint that my wife picked out. I then waxed the entire thing.