dohlman

Grand Rapids, MI, US
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Member Since: 10/23/2009


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Milk strainer "vase"

An inverted, rusty old milk strainer (with a nice brass strainer grid) gets new life as dried flower container.  The grid makes a perfect sort of "frog" that nicely separates and spreads the...

Book stand of brass on wood

My very first junk market project (some 30 years ago).  Old pulpit brass hardware given to my brother was black.  He gave it to me and I cleaned and polished it and went to a furniture...

Threshing tray coffeetable

This oak winnowing tray with tin reinforced corners must have had a lot of use in its day--just enough to make it beautiful.  Years ago (probably when threshing machines took over this...

Suitcase endtable of another sort

We have seen "end tables" made of stacked old suitcases, but did not have room for that beside our living room chair.  We found this nice old hardboard suitcase we liked and wanted it upright in...

Tin trunk end table

Found this rusty studded tin trunk at a salvage yard for $10.  Just what my wife and I were looking for to replace our traditional end table ("Down with traditional!").  Cleaned up and...

Hatchery pipe plant stand

Kicking around an old DNR fish hatchery pond looking for morels, I almost stumbled over this corrugated old pipe--the first of such I had ever seen.  Some of the other pipe there was actually...

Hallway hat and coat rack

This one was total whimsey.  My wife and I found this remnant of an old Rube Goldberg sort of farm drag made out of oak with drag tines made out of old railroad spikes.  Dark brown Briwax...

Surveyor's tripod lamp

My son brought home a set of surveyor's "sticks" that once held a transit.  The metal tripod head was missing, so I fabricated one out of wood--which made it really easy to make it into a...

Tripod lamp (small)

This is the third lamp I've made out of old tripods.  It is pretty simple: just use other lamp parts or even a wide dowell to drill a hole through for the lamp rod and wire.  You will have...

Book lamp

A new definition for "book lamp."  This one is made out of books to be an occasional lamp--ideally on a bookcase.  Pretty simple: get some old books by an author you like or on a topic you...

Harness ring "valance"

You find harness rings from old single and double-trees at junk shops all over.  Loving rusty old metal, my wife and I started collecting them.  Many folks put them on the wall as rustic...

Scale napkin holder

This neat old scale must have been sitting outside in the weather for years, and we got it for $4.  With a bit of Briwax, I sealed in the rust and gave it a burnished look.  Adding an old...

Doctor's bag "bookcase"

My wife and I love old leather and find it hard to pass up a bargain on an old doctor's bag.  But how many can you just have hanging around as simple decor.  We decided to put one to use as...

The Art of Entropy

Much of decor in our condo is junk market style.  However, we like to call it the "Art of Entropy."  What the process of natural decay does to many of mankind's creations is often more...

Toilet paper storage "cabinet"

As a wood lover, I had to have the old solid oak toilet seat with heavy brass hinges I saw on the floor at an antique mall.  But what to do with it.  After a bit of pondering, however, the...