Introducing The Scrounge Chronicles!

I save a -lot- of money by saving material for future projects. This will be an ongoing series of pages to help others learn what’s practical about it, and what isn’t. Not only is there an economic benefit, it’s also a lot of fun solving problems this way.

The first installment is an intro page, with a nice picture at the bottom, the next installment will about those same garden stakes. Drop by to razor sharpen your own scrounge skills! Here’s the FIRST PAGE.

Wood Garden Fence

I made this wood fence for one of my daughter’s gardens. It’s made of pressure treated wood, and painted with Latex paint. I made a jig to assemble the 8 foot long sections quickly. Thta part is very fast; the slow part is cutting the strips form a 2 X 4. Afterward, I found a company that sells them for 99c each. A good 2 X 4 is about $5, and it would take 7 of these strips to make an 8 foot long section. If you cut them yourself, you will have a board remaining, which is good for making stakes. The ones I made are painted black in the picture. They’re cut with a single cut/bevel, which is a mistake; as the stake travels when you drive it with a hammer.

Also, it would probably be good to draw out a big circle, if that’s the shape you want to make. I merely started at one end, and laid it out as I went. I had to go back and make a lot of adjustments.

Considering how long it takes to rip them yourself, that’s a bargain. here’s a LINK to the company, but I haven’t tried them yet. I used Gorilla Glue’s wood glue, not the regular formula. I also drove a nail at every joint, with a nail gun. If you drive them at an angle. it works much better. The fence pieces are 15.5 inches tall.

The first picture is of the plot. It always looks great when all her flowers bloom; I hope the fence will make it all look better.the next picture is the fence as you face the neighbor’s barn.Here it is as you face the house.Here’s the jig I made to speed up assembly time. It works really well. I’m not sure if it will work with the slats from the supplier.

Neat Old Building in Sevierville Tn.

I’m fascinated with certain kinds of architecture; here’s an example. This old building is in Sevierville Tennessee. From the angle in the first picture, it looks like a building that’s out by the ocean. I’m not sure why it looks that way to me, but we’re a couple hundred miles from the ocean. It appears that it was once a store, with a residence above.


Hillbillies painted on windows.

The first picture isn’t on glass, but it’s similar to other work I’ve seen in this area, probably the same artist. This piece was at the Sevier County Fairgrounds, about 5 years ago, and might as yet be stored there. The characters depicted on it look like the ones on the windows of the Thrifty Center, a store on Chapman Highway, in South Knoxville, near Seymour. Those windows have since been changed, and the characters are gone; but if anyone knows about the artist, any other locations of his work, or has pictures, please contact me. I want to duplicate the style on some projects.

The second picture is from Uncle Easy’s Pawn, also on Chapman Highway. Those window advertisements are still there, as of writing this. I’m wondering if they’re both rendered by the same guy.