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Little Libraries #2: Repurposed Little Library Project Updates!

Hey there folks!  Got some new insight on the project builds for the GadgetSponge and Muddy Water Resurrections repurposed little libraries!

Here you can see how we took out dividers and made four larger areas to accommodate children's books of all sizes toward the bottom.  The top compartments will stay the same for teen and adult books.  We permanently connected the doors also so they would work as one door for the larger compartments.

Here you see Justin attaching the top cage that resembles the architecture above the door of the Springhill Library.

And here I am following up with securing the top design to the lockers.

For strength and added effect, we decided to use aluminum sheeting for the roof portion of the library.  That way the shape would keep with the rounded arch top.  Here, Justin is rounded off the front corners for safety.

You can see me here tracing the guidelines that will match up to our support slats on top to mount the sheet metal to.

We decided to go for the aircraft wing style with the screws resembling rivets.  We used rubber washers to keep the rain out.

We brought the sheet metal all the way over the distressed wood to better protect it from the weather.

Still much more to come.  In our next update, you'll see the finalized Springhill Library themed little library and a lot of work on the Minden Library project.  Stay tuned!


Little Libraries #1: The Beginnings of Two Repurposed Little Library Projects!

Hey folks!  I've got big news!  GadgetSponge and Justin of Muddy Water Resurrections joined forces to build two repurposed little library creations for the Webster Parish Library system here in Louisiana.  

If you don't know, little libraries are structures that are built to place in areas that, for the most part, aren't too close to the area library.  Just take a book and leave a book.  It's that simple!  The books for these structures will be supplied by the Webster Parish Library and will focus mainly on children's books but will also have adult and other books.

The projects required that we create the little libraries using repurposed items.  And the creations also had to resemble the actual library that they would be close to to a recognizable degree.

The first one we started on was to resemble the library in Springhill, LA.  

It began with cutting out the "bones" of the arch structure that would be on top that would resemble the arched design above the front doors on the actual library...

Now, you can see the arch coming to life.

After the arch was complete, we started on attaching the sideboards that were reclaimed wood.  You can also notice here that we took out the dividers on the bottom few cubbies to make larger compartments for the children's books which can range in sizes of small to very large.

We mounted the arch on top and began mounting the reclaimed wood to the sides.

Be sure to stay tuned to future updates very soon.  This will be a large series showing you each step in creating this little libraries.  Don't miss it!


Big Projects Launched! What Could It Be!

GadgetSponge & Muddy Water Resurrections have a couple of big things up our sleeves!  Stay tuned!


Barn Junkin' Trip

Hey folks!  Last weekend, my buddy, Justin (Muddy Water Resurrections), and I hit the road with a trailer in tow on a lead from a good friend.  Her great uncle, Mr. C. D. Finley, had a small barn structure that he used to keep all his this and thats along with all the usual stuff to take care of cattle and the acreage.

We ended up getting a lot of great boards in varying degrees of excellence.  

Lots of this wood will go toward a couple of Little Library projects for two cities here in North Louisiana that you'll see in progress very soon, right here on GadgetSponge.  What's left will help create lots of cool other creations.  Look at that wood!

We also got to pick through all the stuff that was still there.  Is there anything better!

Check out this awesome electric fence control box.  Can you say lamp!  

Lots of small knick knacks to spice up all kinds of future projects.

What do you do with a vintage vacuum head?  I don't know but I had to grab it.  It's way too cool to pass up.  The sea shell was wired as a lamp.  How about that!

Mr. Finley had a knack for cutting out these amusing little characters and hand painting each.  


I'm always looking for booth props to keep things interesting.  This will make a great booster seat for something else.  This was originally created by Mr. Finley.

How about this galvanized sprayer and large canary cage!

And here's some things I picked up recently at an estate sale and other places that are recent prized possessions.



EXTRA!! EXTRA!! GadgetSponge Featured in the Shreveport Times!  

Kathie Rowell did a fantastic job on the article she wrote about me and my creations!  Thanks so much Kathie!  I couldn't have asked for a better article.

You can also read the online version (HERE).  The side images online kind of come and go.  The digital ads knock  off the bottom images on the side.