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1927 Victrola Granada Record Player Restoration (Victor Talking Machine)

Monday, June 5, 2017
I just happened to be searching "record player" on Craigslist to see if there was anything worth buying (I used to have a table-top player and have always been interested in getting another one).  To my surprise this old thing popped up in the search.  It was listed for $10!  I thought surely it must have been taken already because the listing was over 20 days old.  I tried talking myself out of it after thinking about how much work I'd have to put into it but everything in me said I MUST have it.  I knew I would regret not getting it!  It came with 4 full binders of records, too!

The current owner said it was his Great Grandmothers and when he was a teenager she told him to go into the attic and pick out a piece of furniture he wanted to keep of hers.  She had previously stripped the finish off the cabinet and it had sat a long time in a shed exposed to the humidity, dry air, heat and cold.  

Upon inspecting it I saw that it was worse off than I thought.  The wood was very dry and brittle - I call it thirsty wood!  The veneer was peeling off in nearly every place and the legs were in pieces and had open cracks where other pieces were glued together to create the posts.

It took me about 6 days of non-stop work to complete.  It was so exciting to see everything come to life during the process!

Let me share the BEFORE and AFTER pictures with you before I tell you about the restoration.
(This is my favorite part!)

Craftsman 101.06242 Lathe Restoration & Table Build

Thursday, May 11, 2017
When I saw an ad on Craigslist for this lathe I knew immediately it was the one for me.  It was a good price but I knew it would need a restoration (and sturdy table built).

It took me a few weeks to complete everything and I'm so excited it's finished so I can stop thinking (and dreaming) about it.

Everything was in great condition (besides the obvious cosmetic issues) and the only thing missing was the tailstock center.  I kept everything original on the lathe except for buying a live center, new v-belt and adding wing nuts to the tool rest and tailstock for easier adjustments.

BEFORE and AFTER pictures are my favorite!
Let me share some with you!

New Miter Stand and Rolling Carts (Garage Clean-Out)

Saturday, April 29, 2017
I'm going to do something terrible.  I'm going to show you how bad my garage can get (and I even creep onto my husbands side, too)!

This is MY side of the garage:

Something had to be done.

I first turned my attention to this huge-massive table the previous owners left.  At first I was excited to have a large work table but after a while I realized it took up too much space and didn't provide much storage space.  I had my miter saw on it but large boards would hit into the wall and it was a magnet for junk to pile on.  (Take note of that cardboard box full of old drawer slides on the shelf - they've been bumming around for a few years and I finally put them to use!)

I was excited to take the table apart and run the boards through my jointer/planer to make something else out of them.

I saw this system that Ana White made and I knew it was what I needed!

I'm pleased to say that I used all the wood from the old table (except the MDF table top) for my new miter stand and rolling carts.

Cricut Cutting Machine

If you haven't heard of a Cricut cutting machine you don't know what you're missing!  I've mentioned about my Cricut a few times in other posts and I thought I'd share some more projects with you (I use it a lot)!  I had actually never used one before I got mine.  I found mine used for $100 and it was a great buy!  I had to buy cutting matts, blades, vinyl, paper, markers, tools and a few cartridges to go with it and that added up fast!  Now that I have everything the only costs is replenishing what I run out of.

Easy Sewing Tutorial - How-to make pants into shorts (never buy shorts for your kids - AGAIN)!

Monday, March 27, 2017
Can you imagine having 4 boys and never needing to buy shorts?  Wouldn't that be wonderful!?

It looks something like this!

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