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Oak Chest

Finished Chest

I’ve been working on this oak chest on and off for the last month or two and finally got it completely put together.  It’s a simple design I based primarily on the few large items that need to fit inside.  I just need to decide if it’s getting Tung oil or stain.

It should be a large improvement over my first prototype and is for our oldest son’s childhood mementos.  I also haven’t decided if I want to build a tray for it.  Next chest will probably use box joints on the corners.

Chest Closed

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Inktober Tools

Inktober Tools

Here’s a lost of the various tools I used this year for Inktober.

    • Canson 5.5″ x 8.5″ sketchbook
    • rOtring 800 0.5mm pencil
    • Pentel brush pen (most doodles)
    • Sakura Pigma Micron 01 pen (detailed doodles)
    • Sakura brush pen (blue)
    • Prismacolor black eraser
    • Winsor & Newton cool grey brush markers
    • Sakura Gelly Roll white pen (NOT PICTURED)

I actually ran out of ink on my brush pen just as I finished the final day.

Out of Ink

Most of this stuff I bundle together in the custom sketchbook cover I got from The Batsugun Leather Company.  I’m still very much in love with it.

Trusty Sketchbook Cover

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Building a bird nest

Building a bird nest

My youngest son’s marching band is doing a program this year featuring songs that all have some reference to birds (a good excuse to use “Free Bird” as the show closer, and yes, it’s awesome!).  The band director had asked the build crew to make some props for the percussion pit at the front of the field to represent the students playing in nests.  The head of the build committee is an awesome guy with years of experience in theater designing and building props.  This year he got stuck with me as his assistant.  The image above was the first idea that we pitched to the band director for the nests, a sort of Peanut’s Woodstock styled flat image that would incorporate all the colors of the other props on the field (large vinyl tarps with brightly colored bird houses printed on them).

Proposed nest detail upgrade

At a certain point I drew up another idea that would be more detailed, but some of the steps in fabrication would have taken much longer so we abandoned it.  The director liked the original idea, so once we got the approval for the cost of materials we went shopping and got to work.

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Stained Glass – Finished Shield

Glass Shield Finished

I finished my second stained glass class a few weeks ago, but it’s been too hectic to post the results.  Overall, I like how my little Captain America Shield came out (though the outer edge still needs a little work to be consistently smooth).  I like being able to do both the lead came and the copper foil method, as they each have applications where they are better suited.

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New Print Frames

New Poster Frames

I recently got a few new additions to my poster wall that I needed to build frames for.  I wanted the style to match the larger frames I had purchased for my other posters, so they ended up being pretty easy to make.  The one new thing I did was follow a suggestion a good friend gave me some time back for wood filler.  I’d never been happy with the various brands I tried so he recommended just mixing glue and sawdust from the wood I was using to the consistency I wanted.  I gotta say, I really like how easy it was to get just what I was looking for and the end results.

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Stained Glass – Copper Foil Class

copper foil window

I enjoyed the last stained glass class I took so much, I decided to take the next one which teaches the copper foil technique instead of lead came.  We are making small fans that can be put infront of a nightlight, but I didn’t like any of the patterns that were offered so I figured out my own.  It was between Captain America’s shield or Captain Marvel’s crest.  I told the teacher that I was cheating in the last class because almost all my cuts were straight lines, so I am paying my penance this time.  This first image was from cutting during the first night and the one below was the aftermath.  (I normally try to produce much less waste, but it was important that the grain of the glass all radiates from the center, so I had to lose a little bit more.)

copper foil aftermath

The last two images are from the foiling process, which I did mostly at home.  Next step is to spot solder the joints and then solder over all the copper tape.

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Goblin Warrior

Goblin Warrior

I doodled this lady while I was on the train to the airport a few weeks ago.  My brushpen started running out of ink so I had to be selective about adding details.  Overall I like how she came out.

Goblin Warrior Sketchbook

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Dino Warriors – Ptero Bomber

ptero-bomber

The second doodle in my series of dinosaur warriors is a pterodactyl as a bomber (probably not that original an idea).  This was one that was not on the page of original four dinos, but only because I didn’t have time to draw it during that townhall.

ptero doodle

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Dino Warriors – Barbarian-Rex

barbarian-rex

We had a townhall style meeting at work this week that did not require my active participation, so I listened as I doodled up a bunch of thumbnails of various dinosaur warriors.  This T-Rex as a barbarian was the first one I wanted to clean up on the computer.  I hope to get around to working on all of these, and maybe a few more.

Dino Warriors Meeting Doodles

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Privacy Window Finished

privacy window finished

This is what my second window looks like all puttied and polished.  We are going to hang it in the very window, but up 12-14 inches so the cats can still peer out underneath it.  I just need to go get the hooks and some chain before I can install it.

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