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Nailed, screwed

26 Oct
Two shelves enough?

Two shelves enough?  No.

Nailing, Screwing:  Methods for mechanically joining similar or dissimilar materials.

Reminiscent of childhood days playing at Hall Lumber Company in Saw Mill Holler, East Tennessee….I have sorted and organized hardware this week.  Specifically, sorting many varieties of nails and screws discarded over decades from carpentry, drywall, masonry, roofing, fencing and flooring projects.

Larger scope

Larger scope

Miscellaneous times three

Miscellaneous times three

The design options and variables are staggering.

  • length
  • diameter
  • size and features of the head
  • material
  • finish
  • coarse or fine thread screws

Observations from various groups

  • Rule that three or more types of nails from a project will be mixed 😦
  • Original cardboard boxes are bad news for long-term storage
  • Designs of nails and screws have improved (some material is functional, but obsolete)
    Lead head for tin roofs, Color coordinated for new steel roofs

    Lead head for tin roofs, Color coördinated for new steel roofs

    For asphalt shingles.  New ones have plastic "washers"

    For asphalt shingles. New ones have plastic “washers”

  • One type of hardware remains a mystery
    What is this?

    What is this?

    Mystery

    Mystery

“Framed”

20 Feb
Real Pins Framed

Real Pins Framed

Back access

Back access

Much appreciation to JoEllen, professional small business owner of Custom Picture Framing of Brownsburg, Indiana.  I have finished projects!

Custom double mat framing is found in most rooms around my house.  More likely than not it features a watercolor painting by Mary Ann Boysen.  Recently, I found myself short of the tools, supplies and skills to complete four mini-projects.

One:  I purchased a ready-made frame and canvas to showcase my personal “Pininterest” collection.  The pins spark a lifetime of stories from school, work, vacations and hobbies.  My little problem was securing the canvas in the frame (mismatched depths), finishing the back so I can add “pins” and mount the hanging hardware.

Two:  A beautiful frame made by my grandfather probably 40 years ago has a 6 X 8″ opening.  After all these years, I decided on a photo for it but needed a custom cut mat.

Custom Wormy Chestnut molding circa 1985

Custom Wormy Chestnut molding circa 1985

Three and Four are part of a collection of five professional photographs given to me by a coworker (who passed away this year).  The signed and numbered black and white photos have note for the location of the waterfalls.  The problem…two of the five frames were worse for being moved a round.  One had broken glass.  Now, they are restored to their glory and better than new.

Thank you to small business owners everywhere, who offer custom creative solutions.