Scrap Happy July

Two really simple makes this month, both in wood.

I have been teaching Laura to make things out of the wood we cut from the garden and woodland last winter. With my help she has made and hung this gate.

I made another table for the garden from half an old door, some offcuts of shelving and some sawn down studding – all scrap from the new utility room.

ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything – no new materials. It can be a quilt block, pincushion, bag or hat, socks or a sculpture. Anything made of genuine scraps is eligible. If your scrap collection is out of control and you’d like to turn them into something beautiful or useful instead of leaving them to collect dust in the cupboard, why not join us on the 15th of each month? Email Kate at the address on her contact page . You can also contact Gun via her blog to join. We welcome new members. You don’t have to worry about making a long term commitment or even join in every month, just let either of us know a day or so in advance if you’re new and you’ll have something to show, so we can add your link. Regular contributors will receive an email reminder three days before the event.

Here are the links for everyone who joins ScrapHappy from time to time (they may not post every time, but their blogs are still worth looking at).

Kate Gun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Claire, JanMoira, SandraChrisAlys,
KerryClaireJeanJon, HayleyDawn,
Gwen, Bekki, Sue L (me!) Sunny, Kjerstin,
Vera, NanetteAnn, Dawn 2, Bear,
Carol, Preeti, Edith and Debbierose

25 thoughts on “Scrap Happy July

  1. onesmallstitch July 15, 2021 / 6:51 pm

    great scrappy projects, so good to pass on skills, the rustic gate is really nice in the wooded setting. Hope the table holds years of happy tea parties.

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    • Going Batty in Wales July 16, 2021 / 9:45 am

      Thank you Jean. I think those quirky gates work well in a large rural garden but would seem odd in suburbia. I, too, hope the table gets lots of use with friends and family.


  2. writinghouse July 15, 2021 / 7:43 pm

    Those are both brilliant! I love the old door table, it feels so organic to use a door for a table somehow! 🙂

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    • Going Batty in Wales July 16, 2021 / 9:46 am

      I know – organic = mad!

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  3. katechiconi July 15, 2021 / 8:21 pm

    Wow, both really elegant and impressive scrappy projects, well done! Nice to see non-fabric projects for a change too!


    • Going Batty in Wales July 16, 2021 / 9:47 am

      Thank you Cathy. It seems fairly stable and sturdy – I did worry slightly that I might have got the legs fractionally different lengths so it would wobble!


  4. Anne Lawson July 16, 2021 / 1:37 am

    The gate is so charming. I want to open it up, walk through, follow the path to find the little cottage in the woods (with a witch? the wolf dressed as Grandma?).

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    • Going Batty in Wales July 16, 2021 / 9:49 am

      You must be psychic! It is in the hedge which marks the boundary of my garden but I do go through it sometimes into a small triangle of land which belongs to the neighbouring farm – a shortcut to the road. There used to be a cottage there which has fallen down and my ‘path’ goes behind it. I was told that a very nosy old lady lived alone there.


    • Going Batty in Wales July 16, 2021 / 9:51 am

      Thank you Laurie. Laura did well with the gate. The table was actually easier – the shelving pieces were all the same length and needed no sawing to be just right for the job! At least it doesn’t seem to wobble!

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      • Laurie Graves July 16, 2021 / 12:57 pm

        Let’s raise a glass—or a cup—to a table that doesn’t wobble!

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  5. Helen July 16, 2021 / 7:43 am

    I’m really impressed with your table – and a cute gate 😊

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    • Going Batty in Wales July 16, 2021 / 9:52 am

      Thank you Helen. I enjoyed working on both though most of the gate was Laura’s work once I had shown her what to do.


      • Helen July 16, 2021 / 3:08 pm

        Always good when you enjoy making something 😊

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  6. The Snail of Happiness July 16, 2021 / 2:40 pm

    I’m hoping to come and test out the new table soon… it looks like I may have the opportunity in coming weeks as my caring responsibilities seem to be over for the time being.

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    • Going Batty in Wales July 17, 2021 / 9:41 am

      Hurray! Please do come! After worrying about your frail neighbours during lockdown you really didn’t need to be caring for your Mum however much you love her or going to a family funeral. I am hoping life is kinder to you now.


  7. claire93 July 17, 2021 / 11:15 am

    nice to see “the girls” doing some woodwork!

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    • Going Batty in Wales July 18, 2021 / 9:56 am

      As you know I can do girly things but I also like doing boy things sometimes!

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  8. DawnGillDesigns July 18, 2021 / 9:33 am

    the gate makes me think of bodgers – do you do that sort of wood turning too? and fab use of a door for the table too.

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    • Going Batty in Wales July 18, 2021 / 9:57 am

      I have done turning on a pole lathe and really enjoyed it but I still haven’t made one for myself!

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  9. Lynda May 12, 2022 / 3:17 pm

    Good Morning!
    I know this is an old post, but I just found it this morning. I am planning a new garden gate and was inspired to search your site for this one. Your newest gate build gave me the idea of how it’s done. I like the organic structure of this one. Question: Does the wood have to be green wood or can it be dry? I am assuming that the green keeps it from splitting when you join it? BTW, I love your new table too! I have been doing a lot of repurposing for my garden. Isn’t it fun!

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    • Going Batty in Wales May 13, 2022 / 7:36 am

      Hi Lynda

      I have only ever made gates from green wood so I can’t tell you how it would go with seasoned stuff. I usually make the frame from split pieces – the gate looks better if the two sides match – and it is much easier to split wood green. However if you could find 2 sides which looked good together you could use them in the round. I have been thinking of doing a post on my other site Going Batty in the Woods about how to make a gate with more detailed photos so I will try to do that soon. Do let me know if you have a go and how you get on.

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      • Lynda May 15, 2022 / 1:22 am

        Took me a minute to figure out what you meant by matching sides… was having a slow moment, but when I saw the pictures of all the lovely gates made it popped! I can also see how shaping the wood cross members would be much easier when soft/green.

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