Some time ago I picked up this old electric heater. I can't remember where, but I do remember why. It was the shape. I loved the shape of it. I saw it and thought "hey, I can make something out of this".
I brought it home and snuck it past Wayne so I didn't have to listen to a lecture about bringing home more junk.
Then I proceeded to bury it under a ton of crap in my shed. Not in order to hide it.
So, when I started my whole 'clean out the shed, get organised, streamline my life, find the circular saw' kick, I found this little beauty and briefly considered tossing it out.
Briefly. Very briefly.
I just couldn't do it. Sometimes a vision is worth pursuing.
I was seeing it as a lamp. Or a clock.
A clock doesn't need wiring so that won out. I bought a clock mechanism on ebay and proceeded to rip the guts out of the heater. Actually, I didn't rip it all out. I loved the coiled springs so I kept those, just took out all the wiring.
I had to drill a hole in the front mesh to fit in the clock, then put it all back together.
Then promptly pulled it all apart again... The clock mechanism I got came with simple black hands which just didn't work. Too dark.
I took it apart and sprayed the hands with Antique White USA gloss. Much better.
I put it all back together. Admired it a while. Then daylight savings ended. Now I avoid looking at it cause I have to take it apart again to change the time.
I really like it. Its a mantle clock with a difference. I mean, how many people have a retro heater which is now a clock?
And its not that hard to open up... I just have to get out the screwdriver and take out 4 small screws. How hard is that? Not hard at all.
...When I find the screwdriver. I know its on the bench. Somewhere...