How to Build a Leather Director’s Bench
by Elisha from Pneumatic Addict
- (4) 2 x 2 boards (hardwood or “select pine”)
- (1) 54″ x 27″ – piece of leather or upholstery weight “faux leather”
- (9) yards of 1-1/2″ wide – woven cotton webbing (found in the trim section of the fabric store)
- (4) 3″ wood screws
- (8) 2″ wood screws
- wood glue
- 1/2″ heavy duty staples
- 3/32″ drill bit
- 3/8″ forstner bit
- 3/8″ flat top wood plugs
- miter saw or circular saw
- cordless drill
- face clamps
- heavy duty staple gun
- (2) 2 x 2 @ 42″
- (1) 2 x 2 @ 35-3/4″
- (4) 2 x 2 cut at 45 degrees (parallel) on both ends @ 25-1/2″ (long end to long end)
- (1) piece of leather or “faux leather” @ approx. 42″ x 26″
- (12) pieces of woven cotton webbing @ approx. 26″
The wood frame is very simple to build with the exception of one pair of half lap joints. Start by cutting four cross pieces at 25-1/2″ in length, square on both ends. Measure 12″ from each end, giving you a 1-1/2″ section in the middle. Measure half the depth of your board and mark the sides. You can remove the middle section a number of ways. I used a table saw, making several passes, but you could use a router or even a sharp chisel.
Apply glue to all three sides of the notches, and join two end pieces together. Repeat with the remaining two cross pieces, creating two X’s.
Once the end pieces are dry, you can connect them together with the 35-3/4″ long center rail. Pre-drill two 3/32″ holes through the center of each X, and into the end of the center rail. Use a 3/8″ forstner bit to counter-sink the holes 3/8″ deep. Apply glue to the joints and connect the end pieces to the center rail using 3″, #8 wood screws.
Center a 42″ top rail on each side of the frame, creating a 2″ overhang on each end. Pre-drill two holes through the rails and into each arm. Apply glue and secure with 2″ #8 wood screws.
Once the glue is fully dry, the frame is complete and its time to wrap the seat. The leather itself isn’t strong enough to hold much weight. Creating a sub-layer of cotton webbing will give the seat support. Wrap a length of webbing around the frame and staple to inside face of one top rail. Flip the webbing around the opposite rail and pull tightly as possible (an extra pair of hands comes in really handy at this point) and secure to the inside face. Space each strip of webbing 2-3/16″ apart, across the length of the top rails.
I love the look of the raw maple and the wood plugs.
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Before I had kids, I always thought I would decorate for every holiday… then I had kids.
And real life REALLY happened.
Let’s be honest, in REAL life, I am lucky if I decorate for Christmas, and usually I only do that because of the blog… If I could get away with not doing anything, I would- I’d go to Hawaii and soak up the sun and come home when Christmas was over!!
So today’s FREE Canon sponsored printable just made me a better mother (at least nearer to the mother I thought I’d be before I had kids….) And the good news is you can be that mother too!
Basically it is a set of holiday printables that you keep in one frame and change out each month. With the printable and a cute matching colored item, you have welcomed the next holiday in to your home, without making a mess that you have to deal with for 30 days and then clean up.
I printed mine on my Canon PIXMA iP8720, on the 19″ x 13″ Matte Photo paper which is Cardstock, I love the ability to print such large prints at home. They have a really nice presence on the wall!
Here is the easiest way to make this set work for you. I bought a 19 x 13 frame on Amazon (affiliate link) this one to be exact! I printed the full set of holiday printableshttps://remodelaholic.leadpages.co/leadbox-1476719971.js, removed the glass from my frame, and stacked my 10 printables in holiday order.
To make sure you couldn’t see the other printables, I added one blank 19 x 13 sheet of paper behind the holiday print that is currently showing.
Then just put the stack in the frame, followed by the back board, and you should be set.
As each holiday winds up, all you have to do is switch the printable that is showing to the coming holiday. Just keeping things real, when I did my photo shoot to show you how easy this can be, I literally found one matching item from around the house as decor for the tray in front of the printable and didn’t change anything else out! Keep in mind, these things were literally things I just had around the house, so you don’t need to spend extra money on little dust collectors to sit next to it (unless you want to!!)
10 Free Watercolor Holiday Printables
If you want to make these flowers, the printable and tutorial are here.
Is this not the easiest thing you’ve ever done for the holiday, well besides nothing at all- LOL!! I love it!
We are so happy to be working with Canon this year to bring you all some easy do at home printer projects to make your home beautiful or your life a little bit easier and happier. Please help us share the word about these fabulous projects by sharing on Pinterest or Facebook! And check out the Canon PIXMA MG7720, it is a beautiful and USEFUL addition to any office or craft room.
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easy gift idea – a YARDZEE yard dice game bucket!
Halloween brings one of the most awesome parties of the entire year. But really….what’s a party without fabulous decorations? Especially a Halloween party? A Halloween garland brings that missing festive look even when you did little or nothing else to decorate. It’s a really quick way to make a room or a house scream party.
Get ready for Halloween with these 20 spooktacular DIY Halloween garlands. Which one is your favorite?
25 Spooktacular DIY Halloween Garlands
DIY Toilet Paper Roll Candy Garland from thehousethatlarsbuilt.com
DIY Halloween Garland from love-the-day.com
Halloween Spider Garland from designimprovised.com
Spider Garland + Halloween Blog Hop & Link Party from ohmy-creative.com
Bat & Pom Pom Garland from iheartnaptime.net
Halloween Garlands from smallfryblog.com
Halloween Garland With Pumpkin Medallions! from bugaboocity.com
Simple Halloween Garland from kaleyann.com
Halloween Banner from thethingsshemakes.blogspot.com
Project Ghostie Garland. from wildolive.blogspot.com
Easy DIY Halloween Garlands from nobiggie.net
DIY Halloween Garland from mommycusses.com
DIY Halloween Party Decor from alydosdall.com
Next up, 13 more Halloween Garlands –>
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