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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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LEGO Technic Bracelets

lego technic bracelets

About a month ago I made a bracelet completely out of LEGO Technic parts.  It worked out pretty nicely and I couldn’t find anyone else that was making something similar, so I thought I would try selling them on etsy.  It just stinks that LEGO is such an expensive medium to make things with.

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Scratcher Tunnel

Scratcher Tunnel

Our little cat absolutely loves playing under a piece of cardboard  we fold up as a tent for him.  But it always falls down, so I thought I’d make him a permanent one he could jump on.

I cut two or three wardrobe boxes into 1 1/2 inch strips on my bandsaw and then into 15 1/4 inch lengths with a 30 degree bevel on each side.  I forgot to buy more glue so the above picture was as far as I got with what I had.  It will be about 2 feet long when it’s complete.

Feets of Cardboard

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Master Sword Painted – Day 3

Master Sword Painted

We finally finished up the master sword with stain, paint, and a clear coat.

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Zelda Master Sword – Day 2

Master sword finished

This afternoon after church, we finished the master sword!  Well cutting and assembling, we still need to stain some parts and paint on some details.

I decided that while the jig idea I found would probably have worked, I would just cut the parts on the scroll saw this time to get it done this weekend.  I still have the templates if I want to make any more and build the jigs.  Pictures of the final steps and assembly below.

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Zelda Master Sword – Day 1

Yesterday we got started building my son’s Master Sword from Legend of Zelda.  We started with paper templates to cut some wooden templates from.  The idea was to then screw the templates to the final boards and reproduce them with a router trim bit.

Holding them by hand on my router table caused a ton of chipping, tear-outs, and throwing the wood around.  I’m gonna have to try a jig similar to this or just scrollsaw all the pieces.

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Designing a Master Sword

Master Sword

Almost 2 1/2 years ago I built my oldest son a Dwarven Axe to his specifications and now my youngest has decided what he would like me to make him.  He’s been playing lots of Zelda lately, though we don’t have a Switch, and wanted me to build him a wooden Master Sword.  The design above is what I planned out and finally settled on based on pictures and a cardboard mock-up we made to test the scale and measurements.  We bought the board for it last weekend and should be cutting on Saturday.  Hopefully I remember to take pictures throughout the process.  I still haven’t gotten my oldest to decide what he wants to do with his axe.   Teenagers…

sword cardboard mock-up

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Staining Die Numbers

Staining Die Numbers

I got a custom request through etsy to make an icosahedron and stain the numbers on it for a young couple.  That whole process was quite a bit of work, but I think it came out nicely.  Haven’t heard back from them yet, but I really hope they like it.

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Cutting a Plaque

cutting a plaque

The last few weekends I have been working on a prototype plaque for an organization.  I made a vinyl stencil, scroll-sawed around it, then masked off the edges and painted.  I need to get a laser cutter, I could crank these out in minutes.  This is just a process shot I took while cutting.

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