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…

Horseshoe Dreamcatcher

This project is my western style version of a dreamcatcher made with our XL Horseshoe. In some Native American cultures, the dreamcatcher is intended to protect the sleeping individual from negative dreams, while letting positive dreams through. I believe we all need one.

I made several different dreamcatchers to inspire you with ideas when you make your own. All the supplies such as feathers, beads, thread, cord, and leather lace can be purchased at any craft store. Also, I gave a step by step tutorial on how I made one.

The first version (above) I made years ago while experimenting. Leather cord was used, and I hung a horseshoe nail horseshoe on the webbing. I made the horseshoe many years ago by cutting, bending and soldering 2 horseshoe nails together in the form of a horseshoe and wrapping it with wire.

This version is made with black waxed thread and I used a buffalo button on the webbing.

This dreamcatcher I made with blue leather lace, attached a spur rowel concho in the middle an…