Tuesday, May 17, 2011

toboggan transformed

as stated in my rust belt market recap, i transformed my childhood toboggan into a purse rack. i didn't want to alter the toboggan or hammer nails into it, so i decided to build a separate base for the toboggan to sit in, so it would stand erect and not fall over when people touched the bags on it.
i measured the size of the base i wanted, and used a 2 x 4 and a smaller strip of wood to do the job. i needed something heavy enough to hold it down, and a back brace to help keep it from leaning backwards. this did the trick! i then stained it with a honey oak stain to resemble the wood of the toboggan. at the craft fair i just used tacks to hang the purses on, which left minimal holes. if i were gluing it, i would have glued old wooden thread spools to it and hung the purses off of those!
my next plan for the toboggan is to use it in my living room, without the base, propped up against or hung on a wall. i am either going to hang framed art on it, or add small shelves. (or i may just stick it back in my laundry room, sew a cushion for it, and take it on a snowy cruise come winter!)

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