• Golf Club. Junk Project #1.

    I'm not a very clever writer...but I thought I'd go out on a limb and call this post Goodwill Golfing...kinda like Goodwill Hunting. Get it? Like the movie?

    Oh Yeah, you might need to know that I discovered my golf clubs at the Goodwill in Ocala, Florida. Now do you get it?

    Karla, my sister, and I were on our way to Hobby Lobby when I saw the brilliant blue letters, GOODWILL, protruding out of the dull grey sky..."Get in the right lane!" I hollered.

    I wasn't planning on buying anything...just wanted to check out the lay of the store...I saw these really cool golf clubs...I don't golf. There was just something about them that forced me to linger at the rack until I figured out how I could justify bringing them home. I got it!

    Karla found a Stiffel lamp for $6. I will show how we transform it in a follow-up post. Notice how I dress for our outings...shame on me!

    Golf club paper towel holder. Junk Project # 1.

    I just couldn't pass these puppies up! Since it only takes one club for the towel holder, you can guess I will have another project forthcoming.

    Mr. C with the Hardly Able Workshop and I worked together. The entire project took us less than 40 minutes. We finished a 6 1/2" square precut pine wood plaque from Hobby Lobby with Mylands antique brown tinted wax polish.

    We drilled a center hole to snugly fit a 1/2"diameter dowel. To avoid drilling our 4 tee (feet) holes all the way through our base, we marked our drill bit with a piece of tape. Tip: Practice getting the perfect size holes on a scrap piece of wood. They should be snug.

    (We snipped the tees with a wire cutter and sanded the ends flat.) Mr. C. inserted the feet into the holes with a drip of wood glue for extra strength.

    Tap. Tap. Level. We cut our 1/2" diameter oak dowel rod 8 1/2" long and inserted and glued into the snug center hole.

    Using a tube cutter we cut the club just above the grip and 2 inches below the wrap of the club head. (Avoid destroying valuable antiques. I am talking garden variety junk.) Tip: A metal saw will do the same job as a tube cutter...but doesn't give you as straight and clean of a cut.

    We drilled out the end of the grip so it slips over our dowel. (Be sure to measure your clubs as they may vary in size.)

    The shaft closer to the club is smaller than the shaft by the grip so they fit together beautifully. Changing your paper towel rolls is a snap.

    Great father's day gift! Wish my dad golfed....

    I decided last minute I wanted the base to be a little darker so I rubbed on some black latex paint and got a great brownish/blackish patina. It is never too late to change your mind.

    How much do you think this project cost? Check out the Junk Revolution Community message boards under Reimagine Home Junk and I will tell you!
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    • David Campbell says...

      Fact. Goodwill is privately owned by one man and averages 2 billion a year. He pays his top management over $500k each a year. He pays some of his disabled workers as little as .22¢ an hour.

      Give to and shop at institutions that bother to distribute the majority of it’s donations to the needy and not line their own pockets.

      Spread the word.

      On December 16, 2013

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