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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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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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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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