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Wooden Car Keepsake

Wooden Toy Car

This summer, I helped a family friend build a new base for his grandma’s dining room table.  The old one had become wobbly and unstable.  During the teardown, I kept a few hunks of wood, thinking I could use them for something in the future.  I eventually decided to make a little wooden car from one of the pieces both because it was his grandma’s table, and because they have a little boy.  The wheels and axles are store bought, though I should have probably made my own.

This was the original shape of the wood. The car has a few places where I left the the rough hewn saw marks and drilled holes that hint back to the piece’s original purpose.

Car Slug

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Wooden Skeletor Art

Skeletor Wooden Sugar Skull

My son found this fancy looking Skeletor image on the internet and wanted to make something similar out of wood for his girlfriend.  We simplified and laid out the shapes on thr computer and then started cutting and painting.  He did most of the work, except for some tricky scrollsaw bits, and was very happy with how it turned out.

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Custom Plastic Icosahedron

custom plastic ico

I got a request to build a lightweight icosahedron that was sturdy enough it could be thrown around for a family game.  I decided to make a hollow one out of corrugated plastic, screwed to an internal frame.  I think if i had to build another, i would just use foamboard and serious glue to completely leave out the screws.

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How Great – Wooden Sign

How Great is Our God Sign

This is quick sign I put together for one of my wife’s friends.  Simple pine board, routed and distressed with a vinyl sticker and clear coat to seal it.  I used my keyhole bit on the back for mounting.

I used the cable strung across my garage, that’s normally for suspending my silk screen exposure lamp, to let this dry overnight without any bugs attaching themselves.

Sign Drying Setup

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Mondo Posters Framed

I finally got around to framing the two posters I bought at the Mondo Disney show a few months back.  Michaels had a deal this weekend that I couldn’t pass up.  The 20,000 Leagues poster by Martin Ansin is an odd size (12″ x 36″) and I was planning to just make custom frames for both.  Instead, I bought two of the 24″ x 36″ frames, surgically separated one of the sides, cut the top and bottom down (and the backing board), and put it all seamlessly back together.  I had already purchased two pieces of glass that switched out with the plastic the frames came with.  The Rocketeer poster is by Cesar Moreno.

That show had a ton of amazing posters, but these two were my favorites and I had to get them.  They look pretty sweet on the wall.

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Large Icosahedron Prototype

Large Ico Prototype

This is a cardboard prototype I put together for a custom icosahedron order I may be building for someone on etsy.  The final will be made of sturdier materials.  This prototype was mostly to determine size, which was a little too big.

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Bird Cage Prototype

Bird cage

Not sure what to call this but bird cage is about right.  My wife has started looking for Christmas gift ideas this year and stumbled across something similar to this.  It looked like fun to try making so I hit the garage after dinner and started cutting a little hunk of poplar.  It was interesting, maybe fun, but I definitely learned a few things.  Maybe after some fine tuning of the scroll saw, i might crank out some Christmas themed ones this year.

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Super Anna

 

super anna

Our family just finished up a week long Christian camp with awesome activities and some great preaching.  We had a wonderful young lady named Anna taking care of our table each day in the dining hall, so we made a card to say how much we appreciated her.  She really likes super heroes.

I was pressed for time and didn’t have much art stuff with me so this is HEAVILY inspired by Dan Hipp (@misterhipp).

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Skull Stencil

skull stencil

I was asked to help with a woodworking project and build a stencil for a large (18″ tall) skull that would be painted and then areas be cut away.  I redrew the design to clean it up and make it symmetrical, but the overall size exceeded what I can cut on my Silhouette Cameo.  So I broke it into two large decals, with registration marks in the eye (will be cut out anyway) and then made another smaller decal to cover the seam so no paint would sneak through.  Hopefully it will come out well, this is one project where someone else gets to do all the woodworking.

Drawn in MyPaint on my Intuos 4, traced into vector graphic in Inkscape.

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Scratcher Tunnel Finished

tunnel finished

I finally glued the rest of the segments together to finish up the tunnel.  It’s about 2 feet long now, so the cats can fully hide inside of it.  It’s actually a pretty solid form once the glue is all set.

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