Sunday, April 10, 2016

Spool Table

I picked up one of these spools from the phone company.  It is HEAVY but luckily it's round so it rolls.  When it is sitting flat it is about 4 inches short of a standard table.  I originally put some boards under it to bring it up to the right height, but a guest decided to try and move it and the boards didn't move with it - no good.  I added wheels that you can pick up at any hardware store or place like Harbor Freight.  Painted the whole thing with paint a friend gave me and then went about adding the tile and bottle caps to the top.

I hot glue the tile and the caps down.  When everything is set, I have those long hot glue strands hanging everywhere.  I have to be sure and grab them and pull them off or else they mess up the grout.

I use unsanded grout made in very small batches.  I pour it onto the area and spread it with a rubber kitchen spatula because the space is so small.

I clean the grout off and let it set for a couple of days.  This time I coated the caps and grout with polyurethane twice.  Hopefully, the weather won't rust the caps, but if that happens, it's OK.  We will just call it rustic.

The whole project cost $1 for the glue sticks and $9 for the poly-urethane  I got the wheels from the garage of a friend.  The 16 inch tile from another friend, and the paint from yet another friend.  The moral to this story is: Ask your friends if they have leftover paint, tile or other small building materials.  People who have garages or sheds almost always have some leftover materials from their own projects.  :-)

Tuesday, April 05, 2016


I just discovered these.  I'm not a big root beer fan, so the whole hard root beer craze is lost on me, BUT I am a huge orange soda fan and I love a strong ginger beer.  I like both of these.  I think I actually prefer the ginger ale.  If you see these in your grocery store, it's a tasty treat.

Friday, April 01, 2016

Jello Earth

This happened about a year ago, and it still amazes me. It rained a lot in the spring of 2015. So much that the water got trapped in the soil and created a quicksand. I got a little video of my friend Susan making the ground wave like jello. Their truck and trailer got stuck in that and there was just no way out except to hire a good tow truck driver with a tractor to pull their rig out. That scene cost $500. As we watched the team drag the truck and trailer free, we knew we could never have done that. $500 seemed like an awful lot, but unfortunately, it was the only way.