Saw it Coming

Simplifying doesn’t come easily to me, but I’m making a serious effort.  Limited to things we need or love only.  I’ve put the unnecessary and unloved things in the basement to sell.  One of the areas that has seen simplicity is the entertainment center.  At Christmas, it looked like this:

Christmas-Home-Tour-Entertainment-Center

Accessories abound.  Glitter galore.  It changed throughout the year, seasonally, but always had a lot of stuff.

Entertainment-Center-One-Year-Later

For a simple art piece on the top shelf, I decided to display a rusty old saw my father in law gave us.

Large-Rusted-Saw

A full handle is missing, another wooden piece gone.  Completely rusted and totally interesting.  Also, it’s the perfect width and height to fill in the top shelf.  Initially, I thought of making a simple pedestal.  I ran the idea past Ben, but he suggested a simpler, more rugged alternative.  Using small logs to hold it up.  You know, so the saw looked more in its ‘natural setting.’  Oh yeah, it was also simple and free because we had wood in our fire pile.

Saw-Blade-as-Art-Overall

Disregard the cords, they’re not visible if you’re standing on the floor.  The rest of the clutter will be hidden once we build doors, so pretend we’ve done that while you’re using your imagination.

Saw-Blade-as-Art-Above-TV-in-Living-Room

See how it spans the shelf, but is one single piece.  Before cutting the logs, I set the saw up there to see how it looked.  With music on, it vibrated and rattled the saw.  That was annoying and potentially dangerous (guillotine anyone?), so we raised it up five inches to sit just above the speaker.

Saw-Blade-as-Art-Above-TV

Using a circular saw, Ben cut two-inch deep grooves for the blade to rest in.

Saw-Blade-as-Art-Detail

It took only a few minutes and really elevates something so simple.  Of course it works well with the rustic touches I’ve been adding, too.

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6 thoughts on “Saw it Coming

  1. Have you thought about hiding the wires or at least making them less visible by gathering them on one side of the shelves they’re sitting on? I think it’d clean up the look a lot!

    1. Hi Joyce!

      What we really need to do is make doors for the sides. The wires are so ugly, but the speakers and components aren’t much better. It’s on the to do list, just not a very high priority right now. I’m hoping to bump it up the list though.

      Thanks!
      Amanda

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