New Family Member

5:02:00 PM

Meet the newest member of the Homeroad family...

Isn't she beautiful?

And here is the very first project I made with her...

I started with some old wood from the garage for the 
sides and the bottom, then used doubled-up shims for the sides...

yes, that is my dining room table I'm working on....

I weathered the box with a solution of vinegar and steel wool...

Then I tacked on some old rulers that I sanded and distressed,
then added some leather belting to cover the screws ...

 a metal barrel strap wrapped in leather as the handle...

And here is my baby's finished product...

Great job Ryobi on your very first Homeroad power tool project!

(and don't worry about my dining room table soon to be workbench.... 
One of my next projects is here)


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  1. This is adorable. Love the way it turned out with the rulers and leather. A treasure. Hope you are keeping it for yourself.

  2. What a clever idea! How often do we need a fast measure of something and have to go find the tape! I'm sorry, but I'm stealing this idea... And, that's that. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Love what you made with your new family meember...I love having mine.

  4. This is adorable. I just found your blog through the WW hop and I found myself looking back at all your creative projects--Wow! I liked you on Facebook so I can continue to check out what you are working on!

  5. Great job!! I haven't gone the power saw route yet but I can see how nice it would be to have one.
    Now you've got me thinking.....

  6. My miter saw and I have been BFFs for many years. I love the box you made...very creative. This new saw makes me think you did the birdhouse for the OMTWI project. Hmmmm....such a mystery. :) Lisa~

  7. I love my miter saw, I have the same one!!

    I'm a new follower! I found your link on Paisley Passions Wandering Wednesday Blog Hop.
    Hope you stop by for a visit!

  8. Congrats--love the box, the rulers are perfect! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Congratulations on your "new addition"!! You did a fabulous job!

  10. I love love love the rulers. Power tools still scare me...


  11. Hi Susan! Great job on the box and I love that you used the old rulers. Very creative. Thanks for joining the Open House party.

  12. Over from Open House.. this is a wonderful idea..I love it!

  13. Susan! What a clever, creative gal you are!!! The mixture of colors and textures is just awesome!!! Kudos to you for using that new "family member"! Woot woot!

    xoxo laurie

  14. This is really cute! I love those old rulers.

  15. Love it! Looks vintage and full of charm and you and Ryobi work so well together. :-) Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Friday!

  16. LOVE your new toy! And love that adorable crate even more. :) Fab detail!

    Shared this on FJI Facebook for SNS 89. :)


  17. Glad you're enjoying your new toy. Your crate has such great vintage appeal! I have been on the look out for vintage rulers for a project I want to work on but haven't had any luck. Great job!

  18. Wow, this looks awesome! Great job.

  19. You knocked this project outta the park! love the ruler details :)

  20. I love the addition of the rulers!
    (I love my compound miter saw) :)


  21. sweet! think I've found a new second home. =)

    barbara jean


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