Monday, September 30, 2013

Braille map of Washington DC


47h x 70w finished
"Well that's pretty unique" I thought to myself when I saw
the listing for the map in the auction:
VINTAGE PLASTIC BRAILLE MAP, FOUR SECTION MAP OF WASHINGTON DC, FOUR PIECES FIT TOGETHER , ALL IN BRAILLE INCLUDING THE WRITING AND THE MAP, RAILROADS, STREAMS AND ROADS IN BRAILLE, FROM 1976  "


There was one bid already for 0.99 so I put in the next bid with my maximum set to $20.
The end of the auction came along and holy cow I won the map for $1.24! 
Add in the buyers premium of 0.19 and 
sales tax of 0.07 the total came out to $1.50! 


I used 2x3s and my Kreg Jig to make the frame.
This was the first time using my Kreg jig and now I want
to use it on everything ... soooo easy

2x3 frame and ripped strips of plywood for finish framing
It took me a few days to decide how to mount the map pieces because they
don't match up to each other squarely.


I'm guessing that's from cutting them off
of whatever they were mounted on last.  I finally decided to set them
window-pane style ... leaving just a slight gap between each piece.  Some sections
are gapped more than others but that can't be helped.


I spray glued all four pieces to plywood underlayment cut to size,
and then ripped some grade A scrap plywood for the framing.
Finishing off with simple trim in the front.


The finished project weighs a ton but it looks great!
We have it hung in the front room but it's quite dark in there
so I brought it out on the front porch to take get a better photo.
The finished size is 47"h x 70"w



St Elizabeth Park then ...  now Oxon Cove Park maybe???





Thursday, September 5, 2013

Lamp lift

My favorite thrift store came through for me again.


I didn't notice it until my son's girlfriend asked me about painting another lamp that
she was thinking of buying to take back to college.
This one towered over the other lamps and was fairly grimy & messed up but I liked the shape.


It was fun to find the old newspaper stuffed in the base.


Check it out, I bought this lamp August 3rd and the dates on the paper
are from August 1956 ... *gasp* was this lamp meant to come home with me, and is
it truly 57 years old?!
Hmmm ... I choose Yes as an answer for both of those questions ;)

I read through some of the paper and was amused at how things have changed.
The 'personal' column listed the names and addresses of people who
were on vacation, where they were going and the dates they would be gone!


After taking it apart and getting all of the flaking paint off of the inside
I put some citristrip on a couple of stubborn sections and that did the trick. 
By the way I could see at the very tippy top of the neck of the glass
where no light ever shone on it, the paint was originally gold!


I bought a 50 yard roll of 2" wide satin ribbon and used most of it to
wind around the shade frame.
The original shade had pipe cleaners wrapped around the ribbons to
make the pleats but I wasn't a big fan of that so I cut strips of
trim and hot glued them into loops.  


It was then topped off with a strip of 3/4" wide satin ribbon and some
chenille-like-spiral-looping trim on the top and bottom to hide the ribbon edges
and give it a finished look.



The base, shade frame and harp were spray painted a silver
metallic ... because that was what I had on hand.
I wasn't about to go out and buy another can of spray paint just to use
a fraction of it and then have the can sit around on our
basement shelves for years to come.  Oh no not this girl ... I need that
shelf room for quarts of paint instead, that will sit around for years!


Wired it with a new 3 way socket and now ta-daa ...


shiny and new again.
Is this a lamp version of a face lift?
Did I just perform a lamp lift?




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