Hammered Copper Candle Holder

I saw metal hammered copper candle holders in a catalogue and thought, " I can do that, with wood!"

I used one of my Candle Holder Blanks and found a meat tenderizer and, well you know, good way to take your frustrations out on an object.

I painted it with metallic copper acrylic paint. You could use a brighter copper color or spray paint, but this is what I had on hand. You could also use another color.

Next, add upholstery nails or tacks and a 2 1/4" concho. I used a screw adapter to screw the concho into the wood. You may need to drill a little hole so the concho will fit flat against the wood. You can add a votive candle.

I showed to some friends who stopped by and they were amazed at how real it looked.

Or you can add a flameless candle, which I prefer.
So, since the holidays are over you can save this project for the next holiday season. It would also make a great gift!
Happy 2020!

Christmas Horseshoe

Here's a way to make a quick and easy wreath or decor gift using an XL Horseshoe. These greenery pieces came from garland I had cut for another project.

I put 2 pieces of red leather lace in the top holes.

Wrap the pieces of garland around the horseshoe.

You can decorate it any way you desire.

I added a painted Mini Star Nail and ribbon.

The Christmas Horseshoe will make any room bright and festive. Here's hoping you and yours have a Merry Christmas!

Lariat Picture Frame

There are several oval or round lariat picture or mirror frames out there, but I haven't seen any square or rectangle lariat frames. So, I thought I'd try to make one.

I had 4 pieces of barn wood the same length. I cut the diagonals and routed the edge for a mirror, canvas painting or photo. I glued it together and added staples with the staple gun. When dry I added nails to the corners with the brad nail gun.

Here is the square frame ready for the lariat. The frame is approximately 13 1/2" x 13 1/2" for a 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" photo.

I started at the outside corner of the frame with a full lariat (tassel end first) and nailed it with a brad nail gun.

I cut the lariat using a burn tool and nailed that end to the frame.

I continued around the frame cutting and nailing the lariat.

I glued leather strips to cover the lariat cut ends and hot glued on turquoise spots.

I added a spur rowel with a turquoise rivet to show one example of decoration.

I chose to nail on the honda a…

Tool Caddy

There are plenty of tool caddies out there, vintage and new. It should be easy to make for a Fall table center piece, right?

You can use any type of wood, but I used white oak from old barns and buildings. This is the same wood I used for my kitchen remodel. Being from old growth trees, it is very dense, heavy and beautiful.

Pictured are the pieces for the project with their measurements.

After looking at many photos of different tool caddies, I cut out this design for the end pieces on the scroll saw.

The tool caddy will be glued and nailed with a brad nail gun. Before assembly, holes will be drilled for the lariat handle. Of course I had to westernize it!

I made tooled leather pieces for the sides and ends, which will be glued to the wood using Titebond regular.

The lariat was pulled tight with channel lock pliers and nailed on both sides of the upright into the hole. The excess was then burned off with a burn tool.

You can use a dowel or 1x2 for your handle. Cut it to fit inside t…

Leather Tray

I always wanted to mold leather into a tray. I had a piece of embossed leather and used an old 8" x 8" metal cake pan for the mold.

I cut flaps on the corners of the leather and failed to take pictures of that step. Here is a diagram of how I made the cuts.

I filled the sink with warm water enough to cover the leather and let it soak for a minute. I molded the leather onto the pan.

I used thin pieces of wood on the sides to uniformly clamp the leather to the pan. Since a bit of metal color came off on the leather, it is a good idea to spread plastic wrap over the pan before the leather is applied. I let this dry completely.

It worked very well. I put a leather finish on the leather. The plan was to glue the flaps and attach rivets, but I thought it would look better with a smooth leather strip around the outside.

The leather strip is molded just like the tray. This time I put plastic wrap on the cake pan, then placed the leather tray over it. I put plastic wrap over the lea…


I saw a picture of a handmade rustic bookend with clavos and it gave me an idea to create western style bookends. The possibilities are endless!

We have a lot of scrap ash wood in our shop, so I decided to make the bookends from those scraps. I had a set of small scroll shelf brackets and thought it would be an easy bookend. I cut out the scallop design on the scroll saw.

All the bookends in this project are approximately 6.5" wide x 7.5" tall x 3" deep. The wood is 7/8" thick. The Boot and Horse cutouts are approximately 7/8" thick.

I painted the wood dark brown acrylic, let dry, then antique white, let dry and sanded some of the white off. I screwed on the bracket, which held the bookend together.

I traced the horseshoe onto wood and cut it out on the scroll saw and screwed the horseshoe to it. I spray painted it black.

I found a few pieces of teak, glued and screwed them together and added 2 coats of polyurethane. I glued and screwed the wood part of the h…