Folks, you know I’m not a quitter and basically live by the motto, “no regrets”. So, with that, I’m finishing what I started earlier this week when I came upon this upcycled broken cradle project. If you missed it, you can take a peek at Part 1 in this post.
However, today, I’m making use of the two ends I still have left over. They’re too good to waste, am I right?
You’re not only looking at solid white oak, but also a fun DIY adventure. Let’s get started!
I’ll be honest…I could pretty much cut these up into anything, but I truly want to make use of every bit. I only had a few tiny scraps from Part 1, so I’m aiming to do the same this time around. So, I’m wondering…what would you do with them? Not only are there obvious holes from where the side panels attached, but also routed spots as well. Because of that, I will most like have more bits leftover than the first upcycle.
First, out comes my circular saw and a straight edge to square up these pieces. I can’t use my Rip Cut jig again because the edges are tapered. Nothing against hearts, though if you know me, I like to not have hearts all over the place. See HERE.
Then, this leaves me with these two panels to work with. Isn’t that beautiful wood? It just needs new life.
At this point, I use my saw to rip the boards down the middle lengthwise giving me four equal pieces. After that, I cut one board into two short ends and the other I leave as is. Also, I cut the original cradle bottom to fit inside and reuse the support strips as well. Here is my wooden box assembly and all.
Now all I need to do is add my finishing touches to make it my own. My inspiration is my ammo box I use as storage under my antique pew. See HERE. First, I use a naturally aging stain to “char” the wood.
For the outside, I use tape to leave some spaces to be aged with a different color stain.
However, before I call it quits, I head back out to build a lid and finish in the same manner.
Here’s my upcycled broken cradle turned industrial style ammo box. The addition of casters and reclaimed hinges, as well as cargo pulls make it even more functional.
This thing is not only a beast built to last, but also is perfect for adding storage in any room of you home. Wouldn’t it make a great gift filled with all things fun?!?
I’m smitten with the outcome because I adore working with wood, especially salvaging the kind that most give up on.
In the same manner, this is also a nod to those brave men and women that serve our country without fail day in and day out. Huge shout-out to all active and veteran military, police, firemen/women, and emergency care workers. Thank you.
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Up next, this lil’ fella has met a fate that would leave most no decision but to trash it. Not me! Head HERE to see the end result. Be sure to see the next post by signing up for my newsletter. PLUS, you will get your FREE Furniture Buying Checklist and special discount to my shop. Until next time!