“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” — Mary Lou Cook
- a Stanley hand miter saw (that, as I said, I only use for 90 degree cuts for now)
- a small hammer (for small brads)
- a set of corner picture frame clamps (estate sale find)
- a multi-purpose screw driver
- a cordless power drill (my one power tool)
- Greased Lightning for cleaning the porcelain parts
- Nitrate gloves (to protect my manicure – of course!)
- Wood glue
- E-600 glue (it will hold anything!)
- Lots of small brads and screws (estate sale finds)
- Buckets of hex nuts and bolts (leftovers)
- Paint samples. I generally do not paint lath, but there are other bits I may add some color to.
- Cut the Lath into pairs of the same length. Most of the time I have already cleaned it, but if needed, I take a wire brush for a final scrub.
- Place into the frame clamps, gluing as you go
- Using a very small drill bit, drill two small pilot holes in each joint. Do not skip this step! 125 year old wood is well seasoned and can be brittle – this will avoid cracking.
- Nail each corner and let set for a few hours or overnight.
- Measure the bottom and cut the lengths of lath or other wood material for the base. I have used reclaimed cedar shingles or other bits of scrap wood as long as they are the same thickness
- Cut, glue and nail the base
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