If you have made either of the cutting boards or the spoon that we have posted tutorials for, you may have found yourself in need of some wood conditioner! Here is a pretty basic recipe that you can make in as big or small of a batch as you want – easy to make a few jars full for the wood crafters in your life!
1 part beeswax
3 parts walnut oil (Do not use or give to anyone with nut allergies – try coconut oil or mineral oil instead.)
Place a large mouth mason jar inside a saucepan. Fill the saucepan with water, place on the stove and set to a medium-low heat. Add beeswax and let it melt. Once the beeswax has melted, add the walnut oil – beeswax may solidify a bit, so stir together and allow mixture to melt completely. Remove the jar from water, carefully pour into jars, and let cool.
To use, scoop out a small amount of the butter and rub it into cutting boards, wooden spoons, etc. Let the oil absorb overnight and use a soft rag to remove excess oil. Reapply every few months or when they look dry.
In case having a front facing camera on your phone isn’t enough for checking yourself out, this minimal hand mirror is the perfect thing for you! (Or your selfie-obsessed friends.) Plus it’s simple and lovely enough to mix in with your decor.
What you need:
-Belt Sander and/or Sand Paper
How to make it:
-Cut a piece of wooden dowel about the same height of your mirror.
-Use the scroll saw to cut out a section of wood from the top of the dowel. Make sure it is centered, about 1″ long, and the same width as the mirror.
-Use the belt sander to round the top of the dowel where you made the cut. Use fine sandpaper to smooth it out.
-Put some strong glue into the cut in the wood and slide the mirror in place – make sure it’s centered.
-Let dry and stare away!
This week I’m thankful for:
-Donuts! Always donuts! And for my parents, who make sure to always stop and get some of these amazing donuts from Paula’s for their kiddos when they’re driving thru Buffalo!
-Family outings on lovely fall days! Marla and I met up with our aunt, who was watching two of her grandkids, and we took all eight kids on a walk to McDonalds! Yup, we be a little bit crazy!
-My little tractor-watching boys! I’m thankful we’re surrounded by fields – all the farming is entertainment for the boys.
-Malacai was so excited to find this abandoned birds nest on the ground. He put it back up in a tree in hopes a baby bird would come live in it.
-Festive, yummy drinks…I love working in the kitchen!
-Levi’s sweet little profile – part baby, part little boy. How quickly these days go…
-Our fall turned into winter in the blink of an eye this week! We’re currently on our third snow day in a row – although right around our house it’s perfectly fine, we’ve only had about 6 inches of snow…some nearby towns were getting 5 or 6 feet!! (I’m secretly jealous, if it’s going to snow, I want it to really snow!)
-Levi was so excited by the first snowfall. We took a winter walk and threw snowballs and built tiny snowmen – he thought he was pretty funny throwing snowballs at his mama!
You can find me on IG @mandamooie and, of course, be sure to follow the blog @themerrythought!
Here are a few favorites from this week:
@rebekah.gough | @chrissatosh | @thatmagpie
@klizgill | @lspiercern | @sketchynotions
We’d love to see what you’re thankful for – join in on the fun! Use #merrythankful – each week this month we’ll share some of the photos here on the blog and on Instagram.
In case the tiny wooden Christmas trees in this advent calendar wasn’t enough sweetness, here’s how you can make a larger version!
Buying a fresh tree every year just isn’t practical for me while I’m living in an apartment without other people to help me lug it up and down the stairs and enjoy it while it’s here. Last year I really wanted to make a wooden tree but never got around to it. So I got a bit of a head start this year and put together this plywood tree that is easy to take apart and store until next year once the holidays are over!
What you need:
-Circular Saw and/or Table Saw
How to make it:
-Measure out your two triangles. 3′ across the bottom and 4′ up the middle and then connect the points – to form a triangle, ya know. (You can adjust the height to fit your space.)
-Use a circular saw to cut along the outside lines.
-Measure and draw out the lines around the center line that are the width of your wood. If your wood is 1/4″ thick, measure out 1/4 space around the middle line. Make the lines 2′ long. Make one piece start from the bottom of the tree and end in the middle and the other piece should start from the top of the tree and end in the middle – so they will slide together
-Use your saw to cut out the line.
-Erase lines and sand if needed.