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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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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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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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