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How do you preserve bark on rustic wood projects.

We are building a fireplace mantle of oak milled from one of our trees 7 years ago.  We would like to leave the bark on the out facing side of our project.  Will epoxy suffice?  we bought a "pourable" type of coating like we have seen on some bar tops.  Will the bark fall off after a number of years?  It hasn't in 7 years in an unheated, somewhat damp barn.  Any help is appreciated.  Thank you!

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Sanding wood smooth without losing rustic saw marks

I've searched for an answer but can't find one. Hoping someone can help me out with this. I recently picked up some old wood boards, about 3" thick, 4' long, and a foot wide. They're fairly old and have that warm weathered look of old raw wood. On one side you can see the nice circular saw marks from when they were milled. They're also very splintery, and I got plenty of splinters when I moved them. My goal: preserve their rustic beauty while making them into usable wood for furniture. I want the surface smooth enough that splinters aren't an issue. How can I sand the boards so they are smoother a micro level, but don't lose the beautiful saw marks? Ideally I'd keep that weathered color, but I suspect I'll lose at least some of that due to sanding and will have to fake it with stain. Thanks a ton for any help! Josh

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A LUSHcious Door Stopper- Simple/rustic FREE doorstopper for Oenophiles/Winos

I have a ton of these little "redneck thrift" tips- nothing "earth-shattering"- but there's an avalanche of these type d.i.y. tidbits in my new indie-small housing/redneck thrift book which you can check here (for any interested).....the entire first run of the book was paid for by recycled trash too!   http://www.relaxshacks.com   THE "LUSH"cious Door Stop by Derek Diedricksen I'll try to add a photo of one of these suckers soon, but its so simple, you prob don't need one. Materials: One single wine cork, a 3 1/2 black dry wall screew (or something equivalent), and some polyurethane (although not necessary). You could also stain the corks to match your molding or woodwork if need be. Construction Time: 1-2 min- seriously. The origin: I've never seen someone make one of these before, as unprofound as they are, but when I was self-finishing my basement, I really couldn't find any doorstoppers that I liked the look of, and that would fit the rustic look of my d.i.y. cave. shortly after, while suckin' down some cheap red vino one night and tossin' the cork into a giant container I have (I save them all for some future/eventual art project), it came to me. HOW: Just slowly center a drywall screw on the end of a cork, drill it in until the head "puckers" into the end of the cork (or you could pre drill and countersink), and that's it.  Not rocket science, but it makes for a cool, different, subtle conversation piece for those who notice. You could even go so far as to save a special occasion cork (say, the champagne cork from your wedding- or divorce-papers party- lol) and utilize it as a more meaningful doorstop- one with a great story behind it. They look pretty decent. And the cost is almost ZERO (one single screw!). Not that other door stoppers cost much, but when you factor in the time, cash, and trip to go buy the other plastic/metal ones at a box store, it is a time saver- and gives a unique, earthy look. Warning: You just may get a rep as a drunk if you use too many of these throughout the house!  I have one in my home, and plan to use them in a few of the cabins I've built and am building. -Derek

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Any quick and easy set ups for cooking over a campfire?

Thinking particularly about a tripod set up.... or just what works best for you rustic campers out there. Please and thank you...

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ETSY pictures pulled from instructables.

Has anyone else noticed their pictures being pulled off instructables and posted on ETSY? I posted this in Jan of 2014. https://www.instructables.com/id/Planter-Box-from-Pallets/ I saw the following on ETSY today. https://www.etsy.com/listing/246769791/pallet-planter-box-flower-box-rustic?ref=shop_home_active_3 https://www.etsy.com/listing/246438036/custom-rustic-planter-set-of-two?ga_order=most_relevant&ga;_search_type=all&ga;_view_type=gallery&ga;_search_query=pallet&ref;=sr_gallery_24 I don't really mind but I think it's interesting that they wouldn't build and take their own pictures.  

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(newsletter) Treadmill Desk, AA USB Charger, Sand Fire Garden

Double Capacity USB Charger Treadmill Desk Sand Fire Garden DIY USB Oscilloscope Riveted Maille DIY Lockring Pliers Rustic Hammock Chair Stylish Sofa Bed Drilling Glass Guides Instructables Robot Projects Exercise Lamps Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

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pyrography

Hi my name is juan I am 16 and art is what I do. I can make rustic wood furniture draw even make costumes. This is my first pyrography drawing and my first post. Please tell me what you all think and if you guys ever want an instuctable on anything just ask(I have allot of free time) please comment! 

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Man to donate 800-plus acres for Mo. park

I came across this article using stumbleupon, and thought some of you might find it interesting. He sounds like a really neat guy, I'd like to spend a few hours with him."Wearing dirty sneakers, worn corduroys and a shirt with visible holes, Robinson doesn't look like a man who owns hundreds of acres of rustic property here. But he does - and he has made arrangements to donate a piece of it as large as New York's Central Park to create a new Missouri state park."Read More

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Where can I find old salvaged painted wood?

 I'm looking for the type of wood you would see on an old farm house, with the paint peeling off.  Everywhere I try for salvaged wood is just stuff for flooring, but I want something that is beautiful all by itself and I can use to make furniture...  The best stuff would be something very rustic and even damaged.  I keep seeing it in people's yards, but I don't know where I can find it elsewhere.  Does anyone know where to find this type of wood?

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Looking for a wire chandelier jig - or a wire basket jig

I'm interested in making an outdoor solar chandelier and I'm trying to find out how to make it?  I want to make it out of wire.  As I look through ebay and search here I can't find any info on how to make a jig or even any info on buying a jig (other than jewelry and fishing lures).   Could someone point me in the right direction as far as making my own jig or a photo of a jig maybe you made?  What kind of wire to buy for the rustic look?  Things like that.  Thanks. 

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Fabricating advice (Knuckle dusters)

I want to create some knuckle dusters, heavy duty ones that could pack a punch (I will not be hurting anyone, just for fun and martial arts self-defence :-P). However I have almost no metalworking tools such as a welder, drill press, bandsaw (or other electric saw that cuts metal). The tools I do have are: Mitre saw Normal drill (Variable speed) Hacksaws Scroll/fret saw Table saws Sanders, planers, circular saws. Heavy duty desk vices Any tips would be greatly appreciated. They dont need to look amazing, I like 'rustic' weapons (Like 'improvised' weapons).

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Ideas for a Nature/Jungle style bedroom?

Hello everyone, I'm getting a new bedroom and i'm looking for ideas on how to decorate it. The walls are light green and i really like a Nature/Jungle type of style. I also like the use of bamboo, wood, and big natural rocks and stones. A bit like this: http://dornob.com/magic-mushroom-private-retro-rustic-mountain-lodge/?ref=search But with some more plants and green colours. I'd like ideas on wall decorations, lamps, desks, beds or anything else you can think of. I'm also a bit of a geek, so natural or jungle themed speakers, or other computer accessories would look awesome. It's not gonna be a kid's bedroom, so keep that in mind Let your mind go wild!

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Advice from Brian Jewett- rusting a bathroom counter top to look like one on the website!?

Hi, I'm going to rust a 5' by 2' carbon steel countertop for my rustic, ranch bathroom.  It's being fabricated and will be ground off and ready to go.  I've got copper wire in some muriatic acid, I have a sack of rock salt and vinegar.  I've heard I can put the mixture on cardboard, and apply it that way.  (I'm being very careful....) First, I live in Wyoming.  Should I do this in a heated mudroom (16' X 16') or is this strictly outdoor only?  On a sunny day? it freezes at night. I'd like to finish this bathroom before a busy summer- Anyway, I've seen on the 'net I can get an overall rusty appearance.  Without telling too many trade secrets, can you advise me on achieving some "artistic" elements?  I'm not going in the business- I plan on using the penetrol and then sealing with spray poly (?).  I guess if this isn't going to work for a bathroom, someone should shoot me now. Thanks, the "sheepherdess"

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Join me at the Craftcation Conference in Ventura, CA - March 21-24

  Have y'all heard of this? I heard about the Craftcation Conference last year and wanted to go so badly, but I had just moved to California and was still getting settled. But this year I'll be there, along with some other fancy Instructables ladies! (Scoochmaroo is presenting three different times over the weekend, and angelabchua will be there too!)  If you're near California and you love to craft or if you own a small business you should make the trip. :D It's going to be held in Ventura, CA at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Click here to check out ticket prices and find out more about all the awesome things your tickets will cover! Registration closes March 1st so you better get on it! Tickets are available for the whole weekend, and you can even get a daily ticket for just Friday or Saturday. You should check out the schedule - there are so many amazing workshops and speakers I can't handle it. I have no idea how I'll choose where to go each day! The 2013 schedule includes: SMALL BUSINESS: starting a creative business, social media & PR, wholesale, retail, craft fairs, ETSY, legal & financial, publishing and more! DIY CRAFT WORKSHOPS: sewing, knitting, soap from scratch, photography, letterpress, terrariums, bookbinding and more! DIY FOOD WORKSHOPS: pickling & fermentation, artisan ice cream, salted caramels, farm to fork meals, seasonal jams, rustic italian cooking and more! COMMUNITY EVENTS: happy hour networking, bbq opening celebration, pop-up shop, yoga, dance party and more! (link to www.craftcationconference.com) Still not sold? Check out this video from last year's Craftcation:   Craftcation 2012 from Letter Box Films on Vimeo.   You know you need to come. It's going to be so much fun! :D

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Spy Glasses, Animatronic Lion Mask, Speed Up Your PC...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Jan. 10, 2008 Welcome back. Instructables is a finalist for Best User-Generated Content Award in the Crunchies over on techcrunch. We'd love to win so vote for us! The Homemade Holidays Contest closes this weekend. Enter now or wait till next year! The Laser Cutter Contest finalists have been announced! Check out these cool instructables! WinXP Overhaul Guide: How to make it look like Vista & run like lightning Give your Windows XP installation a complete overhaul with an updated interface, speed tweaks, and free software. Who needs Vista? posted by CharredPC on Jan 9, 2008 Pipe Loft Bed Get more space in your cramped dorm room with a trip to the hardware store and some quick construction.posted by nerdologist on Jan 5, 2008 Realistic, Animatronic Lion Mask with stereo night vision and amplified hearing Build a realistic lion mask with moving jaw, stereo night vision/color vision system, and amplified hearing augmentation. posted by Solion on Jan 8, 2008 Covert Spy Sunglasses Make your own sunglasses that secretly record video and audio for less than $50. Remember to use these powers for good and not evil, OK? posted by Kipkay on Jan 9, 2008 Making an army of Gromit's (Claymation Mold making) Fancy making a stop-motion animation Aardman style? Chances are that you will need more than one clay figure. You'll likely need an army. posted by edwatkins on Jan 8, 2008 Show off your project and win Lion Brand yarn!Contest closes this weekend! Shadow or Illusion Knitting Shadow knitting, or illusion knitting, is a process of knitting such that the finished piece has a hidden image only viewable from an angle. Learn how.posted by ERNesbitt on Jan 7, 2007 Give your loved one a real "fallen star" It may be romantic to name an anonymous dot in the sky after your loved one, but how about catching a real "fallen star" for them? posted by Kiteman on Jan 6, 2008 Perfect English SconesA recipe for the perfect rustic english scone which goes with sweet or savory foods like clotted cream and jam or parmesan and spinach... yum.posted by dancook on Jan 5, 2008 Noise Free HDD Does your computer's hard drive sound like it's getting ready for lift-off? Use this trick to bring some peace back into your life. posted by liknus on Jan 7, 2008 Turn a TI Graphing Calculator into an Intervalometer and Create Time Lapse Videos A quick and cheap way to make time lapse videos with a DSLR and a calculator that is quick, cheap, and requires little time or skill. posted by yonderknight on Jan 5, 2008 Laser Cutter Finalists! We looked at over 600 entries for the Laser Cutter Contest and decided on 14 finalists for the VersaLaser worth over $15,000. Now the voting is open to Instructables users until Jan. 31. Vote for your favorite Instructables! Check out the 2008 Instructables and Universal Laser Cutter Contest Finalists Announcement to see all the finalists and 20 second prize winners. Or you can go straight to the Voting Page to cast your votes now.   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

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