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T-Shirt Rope Toy DIY Tutorial from Functional Rustic

Don’t throw away those old t-shirts until you read this!

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T-Shirt Rope Toy Tutorial from Functional Rustic. www.FunctionalRustic.com

Chewing on things appears to be our rescue dog’s favorite thing to do. And oh boy can she chew. She was given at least six dog toys at her first Christmas and by Valentines Day they were all destroyed. Maintaining her chewing habit was going to cost us a fortune! Unable to find a rope toy that could stand up to her mighty mouth I decided to make my own.

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Use T-Shirts to make toys for your dog or cat. www.FunctionalRustic.com

Using only t-shirts and scissors I created handmade toys for my animals.

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Rope Toy made from T-Shirts. www.FunctionalRustic.com

I grabbed a pair of scissors and a t-shirt from the good will donation pile and was on my way. My first attempt took longer than I care to admit but by the second I was a pro. Everyone got handmade dog toys that year!
You can create your own handmade gift for the animal in your life. Making a durable rope toy is not only easy but practically FREE! Keep reading and/or watch the video at the bottom to learn how I did it.
T-Shirt Rope Toy Tutorial from Functional Rustic
Materials
Old T-Shirt
Scissors
Approx. 15 minutes to complete
Directions
Step One:
Laying T-Shirt on a flat surface, use the scissors to cut from the bottom corner of the shirt up the seam to the sleeves. Do this on both sides of the shirt.

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Cut from the bottom corner of the shirt up to the sleeve. www.FunctionalRustic.com

Step Two:
Cut along the seams of each sleeve to remove the sleeves from the shirt.

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Cut along the seams of each sleeve. www.FunctionalRustic.com

Step Three:
Cut along the seam on the shoulder. At this point you should have two sleeves, a front and a back.

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Remove sleeves but cutting along the seams. www.FunctionalRustic.com

Step Four:
Set the sleeves aside. Cut the front and the back of the shirt into strips. Start at the shoulder and cut down to the bottom of the shirt. The strips should be at least an inch wide but could be as large as one third of the front or back of a shirt. I wanted to make several toys so I made my strips smaller.

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Cut the T-Shirt into strips. www.FunctionalRustic.com

Step Five:
Choose three of the fabric strips you just cut and tie the ends together.

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Select the 3 pieces of fabric you want to use. www.FunctionalRustic.com

Tie the ends of two strips together with a double knot and then tie the third strip to the knot. At this point there should be a lot of fabric hanging down one side and only three small pieces at the top. Continue to tie the small pieces to one another so you have a couple double knots on the top.

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Tie two pieces of fabric together at the ends. www.FunctionalRustic.com
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Tie the third piece of fabric to the first two. www.FunctionalRustic.com

Tie everything as TIGHT as you can. With each knot, tug on all the fabric strips. Tug the way your dog would to ensure it is secure. If your short ends are too short to make many double knots it’s no problem, your original knots connecting the three strips together should be strong enough.

Tip: To ensure a tight start to the braid, wrap one of the strips around your toe (or another small secure item) before you start the braid. Watch the video for more information.

Step Six:
Braid the strips of fabric together. Braid them TIGHT! The braid should be so tight that it becomes stiff. In addition to the tight braid you will also need to add a few more knots. Every two or three inches you will want to tie some more knots. (Ex. tie strip A to strip B then tie strip C to strip A then tie strip C to strip B. How you tie the strips together is less important as the knot securing the braid above it.)

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Braid the strips together. www.FunctionalRustic.com
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Tie knots every few inches. www.FunctionalRustic.com
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Leave the ends long to make tassels. www.FunctionalRustic.com

Step Seven:
You should still have quite a bit of fabric hanging down.

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Continue to braid and tie knots every few inches. www.FunctionalRustic.com

Continue to tightly braid the strips and add knots as needed for stability. Once you get toward the end of the fabric you will want to save some fabric so you can tie several more knots.

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Adding knots in the braid helps to keep it secure. www.FunctionalRustic.com

The knots at the end keep the braid in place and provide a hand/mouth hold.

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Rope toy made from repurposed t-shirts. www.FunctionalRustic.com
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Valencia Merble the Dog loves her rope toy. www.FunctionalRustic.com

Step Eight: (optional)
Add a handle for your dog rope to make it even more unique. Remember that small gap that was created when you wrapped the fabric piece around something small but secure? Well, using the discarded shirt sleeves and that hole you can add handle.

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Adding a handle keeps your hand safe from teeth and drool. www.FunctionalRustic.com
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Adding a handle keeps you from having to bend over to play with your furry friend. www.FunctionalRustic.com

Take the seam of one of the sleeves and push it through the little hole. This will be tough because the hole should not be very big. Once the seam is all the way through you should have one part of the sleeve hole on each side of the toy. Grab one of the sleeve ends and pull it through the hole on the other side. Once you pull it tight it should form a secure handle that looks like the sleeve.

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Thread one of the sleeves through the “toe hole”. www.FunctionalRustic.com
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Use the t-shirt sleeve as a handle. www.FunctionalRustic.com

If you are willing to sacrifice a few t-shirts you can make some very colorful chew toys for your furry friend. Although these toys are durable they are also very light. Makes for a great cat toy too!

Watch the T-Shirt Rope Toy Video Tutorial from Functional Rustic


Written by: Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

Originally Published at www.FunctionalRustic.com

Written by Sarah Palmer, Owner – Functional Rustic

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“Happy Holidays” Wooden Ornament

“Happy Holidays” Wooden Ornament by Functional Rustic is handcrafted from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted with oil paint. Twine is used to hang the ornament. Free Shipping.

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3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder – Black

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder from Functional Rustic adds a rustic elegance to any space. The 3 Tier Tea Light Candle Holder is made from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted. Free Shipping.

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 10.12.18

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. Be so good they can’t ignore you.
Be so good they cant ignore you.
Be so good they can’t ignore you. 

2. Healthy self. Heal thy self.

Healthy self. Heal thy self.
Healthy self. Heal thy self.

3. A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

4.  I excel in all that I do, and success comes easily to me.

I excel in all that I do and success comes easily to me.
I excel in all that I do, and success comes easily to me.

 

5. A wise woman once said, “Fuck this shit” and she lived happily ever after.

A wise woman once said fuck this shit and lived happily ever after.
A wise woman once said, “Fuck this shit” and she lived happily ever after.

6. I gotta stop treating people like I owe them something.

I gotta stop treating people like I owe them somoething.
 I gotta stop treating people like I owe them something.

7. Even at my worst, I’m fucking incredible.

Even at my worst Im fucking incredible.
Even at my worst, I’m fucking incredible.

8. Great people do things before they are ready.

Great people do things before they are ready.
Great people do things before they are ready.

9. Do no harm (but take no shit).

Do no harm. But take no shit.
Do no harm (but take no shit).

10. I am grateful for everything I have, everything I know, everything I am.

I am grateful for everything I have. Everything I know. Everything I am.
 I am grateful for everything I have, everything I know, everything I am.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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Wooden Thank You Card GREEN

Measures 3.5 in x 3.5 in x 5/8 in. The handmade Wooden Thank You Card by Functional Rustic is the unique thank you gift you didn’t know you were looking for until now. The Functional Rustic Wooden Thank You Card is small enough to fit in your pocket and durable enough to take with you wherever you go. PLUS, the Wooden Thank You Card is made from a salvaged wood shipping pallet and then hand painted with oil paints. Every single Wooden Thank You Card is unique making each card a truly one-of-a-kind expression of gratitude.

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 10.11.18

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine.
When you cant find the sunshine be the sunshine.
When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine.

2. Whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, think on these things.

Whatever is pure. Whatever is lovely. Think on these things.
Whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, think on these things.

3. Wise people are not always silent, but they know when to be.

Wise people are not always silent, but they know when to be.
Wise people are not always silent, but they know when to be. 

4. When someone says you can’t do it. Do it twice, and take pictures.

When someone says you cant do it... Do it twice and take pictures.
When someone says you can’t do it. Do it twice, and take pictures.

5. When a flower doesn’t bloom you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.

When a flower doesnt bloom you fix the environment is grows not the flower.
When a flower doesn’t bloom you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.

6. When you do things from your soul, other people really dig that shit.

When you do things from you soul people really dig that shit.
When you do things from your soul, other people really dig that shit.

7. When you throw dirt you lose ground.

When you throw dirt you lose ground.
When you throw dirt you lose ground.

8. Where you mind goes, energy flows.

Where your mind goes energy flows.
Where you mind goes, energy flows.

9. Who you were, who you are and who you will become are all different people.

Who you were who you are and how you will become are all different people.
Who you were, who you are and who you will become are all different people.

10. When you hit rock bottom and survive, nothing can scare you.

When you hit rock bottom and survive nothing can stop you.
When you hit rock bottom and survive, nothing can scare you.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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Wooden Thank You Card PINK

Measures 3.5 in x 3.5 in x 5/8 in. The handmade Wooden Thank You Card by Functional Rustic is the unique thank you gift you didn’t know you were looking for until now. The Functional Rustic Wooden Thank You Card is small enough to fit in your pocket and durable enough to take with you wherever you go. PLUS, the Wooden Thank You Card is made from a salvaged wood shipping pallet and then hand painted with oil paints. Every single Wooden Thank You Card is unique making each card a truly one-of-a-kind expression of gratitude.

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 10.10.18

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. Fall in love with as many things as possible.
Fall in love with as many things as possible.
Fall in love with as many things as possible.

2. Great minds discuss ideas.

Great minds discuss ideas.
Great minds discuss ideas.

3. Hey girl, keep going okay?

Hey girl keep going okay.
Hey girl, keep going okay?

4. Don’t let anyone steal your hope.

Dont let anyone steal your hope.
Don’t let anyone steal your hope.

5. Hey! It is ok to feel not okay.

Hey it is ok to feel not okay
Hey! It is ok to feel not okay.

6. For what it’s worth: It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.

For what its worth it is never too late to be whoever you want to be....
For what it’s worth: It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.

7. He said, “There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.

He said - there are only two days in the year that nothing can be done...
He said, “There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.

8. Grief never ends…but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith…It is the price of love.

Grief never ends...but it changes. Its a passage not a place to stay....
Grief never ends…but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith…It is the price of love.

9. Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.

How if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing...
Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.

10. How rare and beautiful you are.

How rare and beautiful you are.
How rare and beautiful you are.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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Wooden Thank You Card PURPLE

Measures 3.5 in x 3.5 in x 5/8 in. The handmade Wooden Thank You Card by Functional Rustic is the unique thank you gift you didn’t know you were looking for until now. The Functional Rustic Wooden Thank You Card is small enough to fit in your pocket and durable enough to take with you wherever you go. PLUS, the Wooden Thank You Card is made from a salvaged wood shipping pallet and then hand painted with oil paints. Every single Wooden Thank You Card is unique making each card a truly one-of-a-kind expression of gratitude.

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 10.9.18

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. Don’t let anyone steal your hope.

    Dont let anyone steal your hope.
    Don’t let anyone steal your hope.

2. Don’t affirm the negative if you want a positive outcome.

Dont affirm the negative if you want a positive outcome.
Don’t affirm the negative if you want a positive outcome.

3. Don’t hope for it, work for it.

Dont hope for it work for it.
Don’t hope for it, work for it.

4. Don’t promise when you’re happy. Don’t reply when you’re angry and don’t decide when you’re sad.

Dont promise when you are happy. Dont reply when you are angry and dont decide when you are sad.
Don’t promise when you’re happy. Don’t reply when you’re angry and don’t decide when you’re sad.

5. Don’t lose hope. When the sun goes down, the stars come out.

Dont lose hope. When the sun goes down - the stars come out.
Don’t lose hope. When the sun goes down, the stars come out.

6. Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.

7. Every moment is a fresh beginning.

Every moment is a fresh beginning.
Every moment is a fresh beginning.

8. Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.

Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.
Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.

9. Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.

Everyon in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.
Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.

10. Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.

Everyone you will ever meet knows something you dont.
Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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Wooden Thank You Card PURPLE

Measures 3.5 in x 3.5 in x 5/8 in. The handmade Wooden Thank You Card by Functional Rustic is the unique thank you gift you didn’t know you were looking for until now. The Functional Rustic Wooden Thank You Card is small enough to fit in your pocket and durable enough to take with you wherever you go. PLUS, the Wooden Thank You Card is made from a salvaged wood shipping pallet and then hand painted with oil paints. Every single Wooden Thank You Card is unique making each card a truly one-of-a-kind expression of gratitude.

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.
You cant pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.
You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.

2. You are so strong and so capable of many wonderful things.

You are so strong and so capable of many wonderful things.
You are so strong and so capable of many wonderful things.

3. You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.

You cant start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.
You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.

4. You’re ready. New energy is entering your life. Changes are happening for you. Things are getting better. Everything is aligning. Blessings are coming.

You are ready. New energy is entering your life. Changes are happening for you...
You’re ready. New energy is entering your life. Changes are happening for you. Things are getting better. Everything is aligning. Blessings are coming.

5. You’re a fighter. Look at everything you’ve overcome. Don’t give up now.

You are a fighter. Look at everything you have overcome. Dont give up now.
You’re a fighter. Look at everything you’ve overcome. Don’t give up now.

6. Wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it. Right is right, even if no one is doing it.

Wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it. Right is right, even if no one is doing it.
Wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it. Right is right, even if no one is doing it.

7. Wise people learn when they can; fools learn when they must.

Wise people learn when they can - fools learn when they must.
Wise people learn when they can; fools learn when they must.

8. Yes, happiness sometimes leaves; but when it comes back you are always stronger – for you have understood what it means to make it out of the wreckage, you have learned how to survive in the dark.

Yes happiness sometimes leaves but when it comes back you are alwasy stronger...
Yes, happiness sometimes leaves; but when it comes back you are always stronger – for you have understood what it means to make it out of the wreckage, you have learned how to survive in the dark.

9. Wise people are not always silent, but they know when to be.

Wise people are not always silent, but they know when to be.
Wise people are not always silent, but they know when to be.

10. Where your mind goes energy flows.

Where your mind goes energy flows.
Where your mind goes energy flows.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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Wooden Thank You Card ORANGE

Measures 3.5 in x 3.5 in x 5/8 in. The handmade Wooden Thank You Card by Functional Rustic is the unique thank you gift you didn’t know you were looking for until now. The Functional Rustic Wooden Thank You Card is small enough to fit in your pocket and durable enough to take with you wherever you go. PLUS, the Wooden Thank You Card is made from a salvaged wood shipping pallet and then hand painted with oil paints. Every single Wooden Thank You Card is unique making each card a truly one-of-a-kind expression of gratitude.

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Reciprocating Saw TUTORIAL from Functional Rustic

Power tools are fun. Power tools that can destroy a piece of lumber in seconds are even more fun. With this sentiment in mind, Functional Rustic is proud to present this week’s DIY Tutorial teaching you the basics of a reciprocating saw and how to safely use a reciprocating saw to break apart a wooden shipping pallet.

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How to Use a Reciprocating Saw: DIY Tutorial from Functional Rustic www.FunctionalRustic.com

The reciprocating saw is a small yet powerful tool that will make quick work of any boards that need to be rough cut. In addition to being effective it is also fairly straight forward to work with.

There are three main parts to a reciprocating saw.

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There are three main components of a reciprocating saw: saw blade, battery and saw. www.FunctionalRustic.com

3 Main Parts of Reciprocating Saw

1. Saw Blade

There are different sizes and uses for reciprocating saw blades. Some saw blades are intended for metal while others are better for wood. Also, you will find that the blades come in various sizes. Use which ever blade is most appropriate for your project.

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Reciprocating Saw Blade. www.FunctionalRustic.com

You many notice that my saw blade is silver and white. When new, the blade was white. However, the paint wears away the more it is used and that is why my blade has two colors.

When I first started cutting pallet wood with the reciprocating saw I used the longer saw blade. The blade became bent and unusable – I suspect that my body movements in reaction to the force of the saw caused the longer blade to bend. For that reason, I plan to only use the longer blades for thicker pieces of wood instead of on the thinner pallet boards.

2. Battery

The typical reciprocating saw uses an 18.0 volt battery or has a power cord attached. Battery operated saws allow for more mobility than the corded saw but have a limited supply of energy and need to be recharged often. My battery usually dies after a couple pallets so if I am breaking down more than two or three pallets than I need back up batteries. Fortunately it was not difficult to find multi-pack replacements online.

Once I learned how to attach and remove the 18.0 volt battery using the saw was quick and easy. Before I was taught how to do it though, I had quite a bit of awkward fumbling.

First, not all batteries look the same. The ones I have pictured have two different colors which make finding the release buttons easy. The first battery I encountered was solid black and the button was not as obvious.

Second, not all 18.0 volt batteries are the same size. In fact, the replacement batteries I have shown are rather large and awkward to handle with my hand size – perfectly normal hand size – compared to the original Ryobi batter that came with the saw.

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18.0 Volt Battery. www.FunctionalRustic.com

The black portion of the battery is the bottom and the yellow part is what is inserted into the saw. Inserting the battery simply involves putting the yellow part into the battery hole in the bottom of the saw.

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Insert 18.0 Volt battery into the bottom of the reciprocating saw. www.FunctionalRustic.com

To remove the battery from the saw you need to press both of the release buttons on the battery and pull the battery out of the saw. The release buttons are yellow on my batteries. As pictured above, to remove the battery I squeeze both the yellow buttons while also pulling up on the battery.

3.Reciprocating Saw

There are five components of the reciprocating saw that you need to be familiar with in order to use it.

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There are five main components to a reciprocating saw. www.FunctionalRustic.com

5 Reciprocating Saw Components

1. The Battery Location
The battery is inserted into the bottom of the saw handle. There will be a hole for the 18.0 Volt battery to plug in.

2. The Power Button
The power button is located on the handle of the reciprocating saw. To turn the saw on and move the blade you squeeze the button. The harder you squeeze the button the faster the saw cuts.

3. The lock button

The lock button is an important safety precaution. This button slides back and forth and allows you to lock the blade in place. For safety reasons it is always recommended that the saw be locked when not in use. The button is located on the top of the saw and slides right and left.

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Locked Reciprocating Saw. www.FunctionalRustic.com

The picture above shows a saw that is locked as demonstrated by the closed lock icon. When the button is moved to the right the saw becomes unlocked as show by the open lock icon as demonstrated below.

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This saw blade is in the unlocked position. www.FunctionalRustic.com

4. Saw Blade Release

The saw blade is attached to the reciprocating saw with a saw blade release located toward the front of the saw.

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Fold the blade release up in order to release the blade. www.FunctionalRustic.com

As pictured above, when the saw blade release is folded upward the lock is open and the blade can be inserted or removed. As pictured below, when the saw blade release is closed the blade is securely attached to the saw.

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Fold the blade release down to lock the blade in place. www.FunctionalRustic.com

5. Saw Blade Location

The saw blade is inserted into the front of the saw. Only when the saw blade release is open can the blade be successfully inserted. The part of the blade that has a hole in it is inserted into front of the reciprocating saw. The teeth, or sharp edges of the saw, should be facing downward. Once the saw blade is properly inserted into the hole the saw blade release can be closed to lock it in place.

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Insert the blade into the front part of the saw. www.FunctionalRustic.com

Safety First!

In addition to knowing about your saw it is also important to practice basic safety anytime you are working with power tools.

1. Wear protective eyewear to keep your eyes safe from flying debris.
2. Avoid baggy clothing so it does not interfere with power tool usage.
3. Wear work gloves to ensure a firm grip on the machinery.
4. If saw dust will be developing than be sure to wear breathing masks.
5. Always cut away from your body to minimize risk of injury.

Now that you know the basics of how the Reciprocating Saw works watch the video below to see how I use it to cut a wooden shipping pallet.

Use the comment section below to provide your feedback.

Written by: Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

 

Wooden Thank You Card RED

Measures 3.5 in x 3.5 in x 5/8 in. The handmade Wooden Thank You Card by Functional Rustic is the unique thank you gift you didn’t know you were looking for until now. The Functional Rustic Wooden Thank You Card is small enough to fit in your pocket and durable enough to take with you wherever you go. PLUS, the Wooden Thank You Card is made from a salvaged wood shipping pallet and then hand painted with oil paints. Every single Wooden Thank You Card is unique making each card a truly one-of-a-kind expression of gratitude.

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 10.5.18

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. Always find time for the things that make you feel happy to be alive.
Always find time for the things that make you feel happy to be alive.
Always find time for the things that make you feel happy to be alive.

2. Always trust your gut. It knows what your head hasn’t yet figured out.

Always trust your gut. It knows what your head hasnt yet figured out.
Always trust your gut. It knows what your head hasn’t yet figured out.

3. Art is not what you see, it’s what you make others see.

Art is not what you see, its what you make others see.
Art is not what you see, it’s what you make others see.

4. As knowledge increases wonder deepens.

As knowledge increases wonder deepens.
As knowledge increases wonder deepens.

5. Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.

Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to when you want to be tomrrow.
Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.

6. At the moment when you feel like you have reached the point of exhaustion inspire yourself to take one last step and that is when you have successfully arrived to the next level.

At the moment when you feel like you have reached the point of exhaustion...
At the moment when you feel like you have reached the point of exhaustion inspire yourself to take one last step and that is when you have successfully arrived to the next level.

7. Attract what you expect, reflect what you desire, become what you respect, mirror what you admire.

Attract what you expect. Reflect what you desire. Become what you respect. Mirror what you admire.
Attract what you expect, reflect what you desire, become what you respect, mirror what you admire.

8. Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity.

Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity.
Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity.

9. Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.

Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem...
Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.

10. Being both soft and strong is a combination very few have mastered.

Being both soft and strong is a combination very few have mastered.
Being both soft and strong is a combination very few have mastered.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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Ducklings Are Missing – A Functional Rustic Barn Story

I’ve lost 3 out of 4 of my ducklings.

Goldie with 4 Ducklings
Goldie, Muscovy hen, with four ducklings.

A few weeks ago my Muscovy hen, Goldie, hatched out four adorable ducklings. Three yellow chicks and one brown. Goldie is a dedicated mama duck and has spent the past few weeks tentatively caring for her babies. They follow her everywhere. Such a privilege to watch her teach them how to eat, drink and be a duck.

Check out the videos below to see what I mean.

 

Like I said at the start of this post, I’ve lost 3 out of the 4 ducklings. By lost I do not mean they died (though they probably did); I mean that I do not know where they are.

Each morning, as the sun is rising, I head out to the barn to tend to the ducks. This routine involves opening all the doors to the barn and the doors to the stall that the ducks/ducklings stay the night in. Since their birth, each morning I open the stall Goldie and the ducklings are patiently waiting at the door. I slide the door open and they sprint to the mini pond at the back of the barn. The pitter patter of duckling feet across the floor in the morning is a divine way to start each day.

After the ducks are released I take my daily video of the sunrise over the back pastures and get started on cleaning the barn. I have 16 ducks. They are free range and can go wherever they want, but they choose to hang out in the barn. As a result of their spending all day in the barn they poop all over the barn. 16 ducks worth of poop. So, after the ducks are released from the stall I start hosing down the floors, refilling the pools and giving the ducks their food.

Well, earlier this week I opened the stall and Goldie and her 4 ducklings came running out. As I always do, I immediately filmed the sunrise and then returned to start my morning routine.

Uh oh….I only count three ducks. This happens sometimes. A duckling gets separated from the flock and cries out for mama and then Goldie tracks them down and brings them back. But I don’t hear any duckling chirps. I immediately start searching the barn. The ducklings are little so there are numerous places they could hide or get stuck. I searched them all. No duckling.

What happened to it? Where did it go? If an animal had come in I would have heard the ducks (I do have 16 after all) react in some way. I found no blood. I found no feathers. Goldie did not appear upset. What the duck?!

And then there were three.

The next few days are just like any other – I go to the barn, let the ducks out, clean everything and let them roam free. Goldie and the babies do not leave the barn. They can – but I have not seen them more than three feet away from the barn. I like that they do not wander. Hawks live in the yard and have been very visible lately. Staying near the barn will keep them safe from the flying predators.

The other night when I went to close the barn up I realized another ducklings was missing. There were three feather babies when I let them out in the morning, but as the sun is setting I only count two. Goldie is fiercely protecting the two ducklings she has. Very territorial when I come in to close the stall doors.

But where is her duckling? I search the barn again to see if the baby is stuck somewhere. I found a dead barn swallow and some huge spiders, but no duckling. What the duck?!

So, last night, I tucked Goldie and her two babies into the stall as I always do. This morning – only one duckling.

No blood. No feathers. No corpse. No indication that any predator was in the stall.

What is happening to my ducklings?

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Goldie, Muscovy hen, with her one remaining duckling.

What do you think happened to my feather babies?

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

 

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 10.4.18

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. Adulting requires a lot of unlearning.
Adulting requires a lot of unlearning.
Adulting requires a lot of unlearning.

2. All that, and you’re still standing.

All that and you are still standing.
All that, and you’re still standing.

3. Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.

Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.
Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.

4. Be gentle with yourself, you’re doing the best you can.

Be gentle with yourself. You are doing the best you can.
Be gentle with yourself, you’re doing the best you can.

5. Be loyal to those who are not present. In doing so, you build the trust of those who are present.

Be loyal to those who are not present. In doing so you build the trust of those who are present.
Be loyal to those who are not present. In doing so, you build the trust of those who are present.

6. Be patient and tough. One day this pain will be useful to you.

Be patient and tough. One day this pain will be useful to you.
Be patient and tough. One day this pain will be useful to you.

7. Complaining about a problem without posing a solution is called whining.

Complaining about a problem without posing a solution is called whinning.
Complaining about a problem without posing a solution is called whining.

8. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.

Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgement that...
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.

9. Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.

Dont be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.

10. Don’t expect to see a change if you don’t make one.

Dont expect to see a change if you dont make one.
Don’t expect to see a change if you don’t make one.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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