Monday, October 24, 2011

Chicken Scraps

 Dormers are done for now.....what to do with all the scraps?
Hmmmmmm so many scraps, so little time until Christmas.  Maybe I can cross one gift off my list.   I will make my good friends a chicken box and put some   "Private Label Estate Wine"  in it.    They will soon be entering the world of eggs and poop.  Not sure if they realize how much manure a chicken can produce.    Collecting eggs was a daily chore along with feeding them of course.  I'd have to hunt down a bucket for collecting eggs. One can never have too many buckets in the world of raspberries and eggs.    Anyways,  I don't even know why I have trailed off, as this basket wont be much use for collecting eggs but it will nicely hold a bottle of fine Estate Wine.
Here we go.
Step one is to cut any kind of wood you can scrounge . I am using my scrap  3/4" plywood as I hate to waste wood.

Material List
2- 6"x 9 1/2" pieces for sides
2- 6"x8" pieces for sides
1- 8"x8" piece for bottom
1 10"x10" for the head and tail
* I used 3/4 inch plywood.  If you use another width of
wood you must adjust your measurements accordingly*

Cut out the chicken head and tail with a scroll saw.  Cut out side parts with a table saw or circular saw.

Sand all edges smooth.  Your friends don't want slivers for Christmas. Silver maybe, well for sure they would want silver.... but not slivers.

Glue and screw head and tail onto the sides that are 6"X 8" as shown in photo.   This will be the front and back piece.

Countersink screws.

Drill two holes for your wire handle on the two big sides as shown.

I glued, nailed, and screwed all my sides and bottom together to make a square box.  

Cut a piece of heavy wire 3 feet long.  Bend it in half.  Place one end in a drill and the other end in a vise or clamp it so that it will not move.  Turn drill on and twist wire until desired amount of twist is in it.  Bend each end so that it will stay in the holes you drilled in your side pieces.

Fill all your screw holes with wood filler, and let dry. 

I used a water based stain called golden wheat.  Base coat the entire box in a color of your choice.  You can paint it a solid color too.  I chose this method because I wanted it to rustic look.

Paint the comb and wattle and eye area with red acrylic craft paint.

 Details are added with white and black acrylic craft paints.

Fill basket with some wine...(yes that is dandelion wine and no I would not make it again!) and no, it was not part of the gift!  YUCKY!



Cheers to great words!