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Leather Sketchbook Cover

leather sketchbook cover

I recently worked on a custom leather sketchbook case from the incredible leathersmith behind Batsugun Leather Co.  I drew up this design, he greatly improved upon it, and I’m super excited about the progress pictures I’ve seen so far.  I cannot wait to see the final thing in person!

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Memory Chest Prototype

Memory Chest Prototype

Our oldest son will be graduating highschool this summer, so my wife and I wanted to make him a nice chest to hold all the things we’ve been collecting for him since he was a baby.  I thought I would make a prototype first, before making a bunch of mistakes with more expensive hardwood, and I sured “learned” quite a few lessons in the process.  I decided to use lock-rabbit joints  for simplicity with the tools I had.  Overall, I think this one came out a little rough around the edges but nice.  We are going to tweak the dimensions and the design a bit and then carefully create the real thing.

 

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Mr Freeze

    Mr Freeze

This is a doodle I did during some training (still listening).  This was mostly inspired by the show of Batman: The Animated Series posters coming up this weekend at Mondo.  Victor Freeze was always my favorite, and his poster looks sweet!

Doodled in Krita on my Surface Pro 3

freeze process slow

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Knick Knack Shelf

Knick Knack Shelf

Hey look, I made a thing!  Unfortunately, it’s a shelf, which I seem to make a lot of.

I have a tendency to buy lots of little trinkets and toys I want to put on my desk, and then not have much actual space to place them, so I made a double decker shelf.  I decided not to do any fancy routing of even finish for the time being, because I just wanted to get it done.  My wife and I think it actually looks nice unfinished.  I also thought I would use pocket screws to mate the top and bottom to the sides, not thinking that I would not have much room inside to drive the screw into the final side.  I ended up having to use the smallest socket wrench I had, a 1/4″ socket and a bit to screw on the top.

I decided to build a french cleat into the back of the shelf instead of traditional hangers.  I made a bunch of little 1×2″ cleats and screwed two into the wall to mount it.  I think that will give me more flexibility in the future if I want to adjust it or make something bigger.

The last little job I did today was to add another small shelf off my monitor stand to hold up my LEGO Saturn V rocket.  I’m calling it launch pad 39V.

 

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Eeyore with Scarf

Eeyore Scarf

My awesome mother-in-law has been working for sometime now to thoughtfully knit scarves that would be given to people receiving various treatments at her local hospital.  Her spirit animal is Eeyore, so I doodled up a version of him that would show up well at about a nickel size, and made some tags for her on my cutter.  The pose was heavily influenced by one I saw online, but I redrew the whole thing from scratch to clean it up and added the scarf.  Hopefully the little guy, the message of the tags, and the knowledge that someone is wishing the patients well will bring some joy to their hearts and speed along their healing.

Drawn in Krita, process GIF done in GIMP.

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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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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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