Posts from the ‘Wood Crafting’ Category

Wood Crafting To Do List

Hello Everyone!

It has been quite a while since I have been on the scroll saw. It actually got moved back out to the garage when it warmed up but I didn’t get out there, until now.

I have my own to do list for it. Also a want to do list, a will I do list and a can I do list. This afternoon I did some of my to do list. They are four desktop names. They have each been dipped in lemon oil and I am waiting for them to dry so I can put coats of spray lacquer on them. So let me get to them as is for now.

Spurgeon a last name I think

This is for someone I consider a blog friend. He saw what I was doing and asked if I could do this. I finally got around to it. So “Danny” this one is for you! He is from The Real Full House.

I wish I knew my woods. This I got in a box of wood from Rockler. It is one of four kinds out of a possible five that could be in the box. So I don’t know what it is, but it looks good to me!

Who is this?

Anyone know this person? It will be a surprise when she sees it. Just one I wanted to do. From Ava Aston’s Muckery. So Ava this one is for you! It will cost you a duet with me! πŸ™‚ Singing that is (clarifying). If you don’t know, Ava sings and I wanna sing with her! I can see me being an older version of Scotty the winner on AI! πŸ™‚ To let you know Ava, I am a baritone with a good range.Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β  This is from Poplar Wood.

BRC short for Brown Road Chronicles

BRC as I call him is another blogger and when I was doing Mynakedbokkie he chimed in on her blog that maybe he would have me do one for him. Sorry BRC but your title is too long for my scroll saw. I hope you will settle for this. It is from Zebra Wood and in my opinion looks pretty cool! πŸ™‚

Another surprise!

Yep! This one doesn’t know about it either. Another blog title that I had to shorten. ModMeals comes from Mod Meals on Mendenhall, a food blog. This is the same kind of wood as the first one, so again I don’t know it. But again it turned out pretty good! I thought of going with MMoM or MMM but decided on this.

So now I will notify them to come take a look and hope they like what they see. I hope all of you like them too. I have more things to cut on my to do list…so more to come. πŸ™‚ More saw dust to make!

Check out my Thankfulness page too! It is updated every day/evening. Okay a shameless plug, I know. But I just gave free advertising to four other bloggers why not myself too!

Later, Harold

Heart Shelf

Hello everyone!

Today I have for you my first two piece wood craft. It is a heart shelf. That said I might as well show it right away.

My first shelf

For this shelf I had to drill 52 holes to make 50 cuts on the heart piece. The other two holes are for the mounting screws. The shelf has two square pegs that slide into two squareΒ  holes. With the lacquer finish they are pretty tight.

A look down at the shelf

It has a nice reflection from the spray lacquer if I do say so myself!

A side shot

It works!

This project was enjoyable. It had a little of everything. Lots of holes to drill, some not so hard cuts and some intricate cuts. It was definitely not one of instant gratification, because it took more time to do. If you can see, it is the same on each half. So I really wanted each opposite cut to look the same. The pattern was actually off a bit and I had to make adjustments in a couple areas.

This is from 1/2″ maple, dipped in lemon oil, and spray lacquered. The lemon oil really made the maple look good.

Tools used were; a band saw to cut the wood small enough, a drill press to drill the holes, blue painters tape for easy removal, 3M 77 spray adhesive to attach the pattern to the tape, a scroll saw for cutting where the holes were drilled and the outer cuts, a sander to get the fuzzies off and get the wood smooth, lemon oil in a bin for dipping the wood to bring out its natural grain and Rust-Oleum spray lacquer for a nice gloss finish.

So there you have it! More than you ever wanted to know if you read this far. I hope you like the looks of this project. I don’t know what is next. I have lots of ideas, just have to pick one and get it on!

Until next time.

Later, Harold

Craft Show Review

Hello Everyone!

Well we made it to the craft show this afternoon at the college up the street from us. We went to see what was there. We met another mom and her daughter there. So it was me, my wife, our 12 year old daughter, our friend and her 11 year old daughter. Our girls are friends too.

I was especially interested the wood crafters and what they were doing. The ladies well what can I say they had to look at most everything. We stuck together for a while. Then I broke off with the girls. The moms eventually caught up and I broke away on my own for a bit then met back up with them again.

I can’t say I was disappointed at all. There were about 10 wood crafters. Two were doing actual hand wood carving, kinda neat to watch. Most had their own thing they were doing. One did figurines with an Easter theme and hand painted them. One guy had animal puzzles. These were pretty cool! We talked for quite a bit. He did all his work on the scroll saw like me. Others did a combo of scroll saw work and also used a lathe or a band saw. One guy had some pretty rustically made toy vehicles. Another two had the corn-hole toss games and one some vases. So some pretty neat work all in all and all different. Some things I think I could do and also do better. But no one really doing what I would be thinking of doing. Does that mean I am too simplistic? I don’t know yet. I plan on doing more than what I have shown so far. Plus I am still learning and maybe holding myself back from trying some more difficult work. But I do think I can do it. I will have one for you tomorrow that was more difficult and time consuming.

The ladies bought some hair bauble stuff. We all sampled any food we could. I went for the hot/spicy stuff. I went back and got a jar of sour dill with habanero pepper pickles. Ooooh baby are they hot! Just the way I like it! Last time we got some sour dill with horseradish pickles and some plain old sour dill pickles those were good too.

I offered to let my wife have a say here too, but she has to think more. I kinda just let it flow out. Maybe another time.

Well that was the show from my point of view. We spent about two and a half hours there. Now time to pick out some songs to lead for evening church and get ready to go.

Later, Harold

Bimmer, Beemer, BMW

BMW 6 Series Coupe (BMWUSA)

Hello everyone,

So what have I got for you today?

Could it be that from the title I have made my very own car out of wood! Or am I looking to start spelling wars for said title of such car? Or am I looking for more viewers by putting a pic up there first?

Well I don’t know if it works or not but if you guessed number three you would be close.

Those who know our family might know where I am going by the BMW part. The rest is just fluff.

Our oldest son was home on spring break this past week. He is gone again. He is part of two competitions this weekend. One today in Ohio and another on Monday back in our area in Chicago. While he was here I made his initials for a desktop for him. This is walnut wood again. Yes, his initials are BMW and here they are!


Yes, he does like the cars that have the same initials. He also likes the new Ford Mustangs.

I have about done all I can with that piece of walnut. Now the rest becomes designer firewood. Unless I can figure out a few more small things to do with what is left of it. Maybe this woodcrafter will come up with something.

Gonna try to get to a local craft show at the college up the street either today or tomorrow. Gotta see what others are doing, maybe get some ideas or see that what I would do is not being done, at least locally. Also to see what people are pricing things at.

Until the next one.

Later, Harold

How It Is Done 7

Hello Everyone!

Well we all thought it was done right? There was one last step I could show so I am! Packaging and mailing! Exciting, I know!

So here is the first step the always tantalizing BUBBLE WRAP!

The project, the mailing tube and bubble wrap

Next roll it up and get it protected.

Ready for insertion!

Wait! Do I see something dark brown in there? Isn’t the project a light colored wood? What could it be? Is it a secret? Maybe a surprise? If it is then I can’t tell you! πŸ™‚

Insertion complete!

Okay, put the cap on and ready for the trip to the post office!

The post office, not my car though.

Can I really do it? Part with a work that gave rise to 7 blogs! Ship it half way around the globe! Uht oh! Having second thoughts here! Will I walk through those doors and hand it over!?

NO! I am holding it for ransom! Turning around now and going back home!

Okay get a grip here! Walk through the doors, greet the friendly postal worker, ask to take a picture as he works on it, yes! Thank You!

It is in his hands!

All labeled, weighed, taped and then paid for. Time to go home. Sniff! Off to South Africa it is!

I was told customs may open it. Wonder what they will think of MYNAKEDBOKKIE?! πŸ™‚ And the little surprise.

Maybe the men in black will really show up this time! HA! We got MYNAKEDBOKKIE in a tube and this other thing, we’re taking you in for questioning! OOoooh the suspense of it all! The intrigue! I hear the James Bond theme playing! πŸ™‚ Free trip to South Africa?? Okay dreaming!

But if this blog disappears and I am never heard from again! Don’t say I didn’t warn ya! Silent black helicopters, conspiraciesΒ  and all! πŸ™‚

Later, Harold

There may be one last post for this, upon arrival and a picture (HINT HINT). That is if they don’t come after you too!? πŸ™‚

James Bond theme plays as fade to black.


Hello everyone!

Someone just got me across the 2000 visitor tally today! I made my second thousand about as fast as the first or second 500. I guess I had a couple interesting posts during this time period. So thanks to all my readers! Stay awhile and leave a comment here or there.

Things have been looking up in the job search area. I have had two interviews with two companies. I have a third tomorrow morning and a second with company two on Tuesday afternoon. So that is all good, but I also need the end result of a job.

I keep getting the feeling of being in a vise that is slowly being cranked tighter and tighter. The squeeze is on! I keep trying to stay positive but those other moments bombard me some times and it gets tough.

I hope one of these come through or something else happens soon. Cuz that old sayin of blood from a turnip? I won’t be able to prove it wrong!

That’s enough for now. If I keep on this path it only leads down.

Hey Bokkie, I got a mailing tube and a customs form. So I just gotta fill it out and go to the post office and send it. Hopefully in the next day or two it will be on the way. Any readers heading to South Africa?

I also have a couple other wood crafting projects I am finishing so more pics to come. I just dipped them in lemon oil and after they dry a clear coat of spray lacquer. One is from 1/2″ maple and looks good if I do say so myself!

Well the week is ahead. Have a good one, I’ll try too.

Later, Harold

How It Is Done 6

Hello Everyone!

Well tonight it is the finale! Yep, the last one for the series.

Which can mean only one thing…it was confiscated!

No no that didn’t happen, the men in black never did show up. So I still have it and yes it is done! I did not take any more pics of the process. There really isn’t much to see. I spray on one clear coat, then another and more until I get it looking like I want it to. In one of the pics you will see I was doing another project too. I also needed my PVC trough for that one. I soaked them in the lemon oil one after another and then sprayed them both with a clear lacquer as I went along.

So enough chatter you want the pics and here they are!

Close up 1, nice shine

Close up 2

Close up 3

The whole thing

That’s my other project in the background.

So there you have it. If I had taken pics after each spray coat, you would not have seen much difference, especially if I took a pic of the whole thing. With the first light coats the lacquer kind of soaks into the wood. So as I go along, I make them a little heavier then go lighter again. Seems to work for me.

Plus, it also helps to follow the directions on the can. Been there done that! I am experienced now!

Now I just have to get it to South Africa. ROAD TRIP!! I wish! I might miss my scroll saw too much. πŸ™‚

I am sure SOMEONE will tell me. I drop you an email right after I post this.

Okay that’s it! I have enjoyed my little series here, showing and telling how I do this type of project. Plus it was for a new blog friend and she got to see it as it came along.

Thanks for the comments! I appreciate them! πŸ™‚

Later, Harold

How It Is Done 5

Hello Everyone!

Back to it again! This time with a plumbers twist! πŸ™‚ I had to get FUNKY!

Last post I was needing a container. Well I solved the problem as only a plumber would! So here I and we go!

The bin I bought

No it wasn’t the answer! That’s lemon oil! Not what you’re thinking. Next pic!

FALSE advertising!!!

It says 16 1/4″ , so I should be able to get 16 1/2″ corner to corner easy! NO WAY JOSE!!! It is smaller at the bottom than the top! What is with that?! I need the bottom as big as what it says and it ain’t.

So after asking for help and shopping around the plumber has a plumbing epiphany! AAAHHHHH! Spotlight please! πŸ™‚ Use plumbing!!

the parts!

You can see I got ahead of the pictures before I started taking them. Okay buy 3″ PVC cap, 3″x2″ PVC reducing coupling, 2″ PVC street female adapter, and a 2″ PVC plug. I had a 21″ piece of 3″ PVC pipe at home, perfect.

I cut about 3″ off the pipe about 17″ long using the band saw. Use the purple primer on all fittings and ends of the pipe. Cut some supports from the PVC piece cut from the pipe using the scroll saw. Prime them too.

Glue the cap on one end of the pipe, the coupling on the other end and the adapter into it. Teflon tape the plug and screw it in the adapter. Glue one support to the cap and one to the coupling and they become the stand and you have this!

my trough/tray

It is nice and steady! Let it get good and dry. I tested it with water, no leaks (but of course)! Dry it out and pour in the lemon oil from the bin.

It's not what you think it is!

LEMON OIL! Come on just because I am a plumber you think I am showing something else!? Time for a swim!

Soak both sides for a while.

Take it out and let it drip for a bit, then gently wipe it off and let it dry.

Looking good!

Okay that’s it for tonight. It has to dry for a while, then the clear coating begins.

Oh, I promised a pic of the pattern! Here it is.

The pattern after the cutting

Have a great weekend everyone!

Later, Harold

How It Is Done 4

Hello Everyone!

Yes, the series continues! I know there is at least one person out there who is excited! πŸ™‚ Any body else excited? Excitable?

Well, I found it before the men in black showed up. I’m on their list, dontcha know! It was right where I left it and that is where I found it. πŸ™‚ (Is that circular reasoning or something?)

So let’s get right to it! First, I vacuumed up the saw dust. A somewhat clean work area is a somewhat happy work area. Plus my wife is somewhat happier too. A somewhat happier wife…Okay I’ll stop. πŸ™‚

Still with pattern and tape on

Next I peel off the tape and the pattern with it. I should have taken a pic of the pattern after I took it off…next post.


So here it is waiting for the trip out to the garage and the sander to get any “fuzzies” off. So that is where I go next.

Ready to sand

I will do the front, the back and the bottom. The “fuzzies” are on the back. This will also bring out the grain of the wood. For those who have not checked all 4 of these, this piece of wood is 3/4″ Poplar.

All sanded

Okay, back inside and the sanding is done and it is looking good. The sanding has lightened it up a bit. So what is the next step? Ah, for that you will have to wait for the next post grasshopper. Patience is a virtue and has its reward.

Later, Harold


How It Is Done 3

Hello Everyone!

Well it is back to the series for part 3.

Tonight you will get to see the project cut out. First since I have used the blade quite a bit I changed it out for a new one. I want to make sure I get all the way through start to finish with out having to change out a dull blade or have it break on me. It is not fun for me to have one break. It always makes me jump and you really never know if something bad is gonna happen. So far so good! Nothing bad has happened.

Okay here is the first pic. Addressing the scroll saw. Yeah, yeah been there and done that, not gonna do it again! πŸ™‚

Ready for one cut start to finish

I will start at the M and work my way around the letters.

More than half way!

Okay, looking good so far. I am feeling confident.

Okay all the letters are done!

Now for the long straight cut! If I remember right it is about 14 inches. For those not in America, in centimeters it would be…well…that’s what google is for! πŸ™‚

Okay! I did it.

The blade survived, saw dust was made and it is looking pretty good! The time to make this cut was about an hour. I forgot to time it so I am guessing a bit. So total time so far is about 2 hours.

So next time…huh?

You want more?!


Oh! You want to see it out of the wood!

Okay, I guess one more pic won’t hurt.

It is out of the wood!

Wait! Where is it! Call the police! Call Scotland Yard! Call Interpol!

MYNAKEDBOKKIE is missing! πŸ™‚

Am I bad?

Later, Harold

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