Anyone got any suggestions for valentines gifts? Here is one of my own that i will share with you
Just made a boot rack for my GF and she is delighted with the few bits of wood I screwed together. Now I wish I had saved it for Valentine's day and extra brownie points but while it is too late for me I thought a few of you might like to know what I did. It cost me £15 and took about 30 minutes.
DIY can be dangerous
I take no responsibility for anyone injuring themselves doing this but I would like you to post pictures of your injuries so we can laugh at you.
Yes it is hardly a Stradivarius but she was happy.
Sheet of "wood" (I used 85cm by 30cm x 1cm mdf I had left over but you can get some board from Wickes for £5)
2 x dowling 2.4m x 18mm £14
20 Screws (I used No10 2" but you can get 20 No.8 x 1.1/4in for £2.13)
Basic Tools (you could do it with these but it would be a faff)
Drill (No3 and No5 bits)
Better Tools (this is what I used)
Electric Jig Saw
Electric Drill (No3 and No5 bits)
Drill Sanding Bit
(A router would improve the finish but if you have one of those then this gift is too basic for you)
Cut your sheet of wood to 85 x 30 cm
Draw 2 lines parallel to the long edge 7.5 cm and 22.5 cm in.
Draw lines parallel to the short edge at 10, 15, 25, 30, 40, 45, 55, 60, 70, 75 cm
At the intersections drill 20 holes using the No5 bit
Insert 20 No 10 screws into the holes
Cut the first dowel rod at 45, 45, 30, 30, 30, 30, 15, 15cm
Cut the second at 25, 25, 20, 20, 20, 20, 20, 20, 20, 20, 15, 15cm
Sand one end of each dowel flat
Sand the other end into a nice dome (or just smooth the edge if doing it by hand)
Sand any rough edges on the base sheet
Drill pilot holes in the flat end of each dowel using the No3 drill bit
Screw in the dowels
(Row1 20, 20, 30, 30, 45, 45, 30, 30, 20, 20)
(Row2 15, 15, 20, 20, 25, 25, 20, 20, 15, 15)