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Blog Birthday!

Hello Everyone!

It’s my blog birthday post! One day late.

So what do I do for a blog birthday? I had wanted to design and do a wood craft of some sort, but the week got away from me. So I thought of doing a 1 year recap. First

I started out this blog with the intentions of showing my wood crafts that I was doing mainly using a scroll saw. But I guess, as with all blogs, it evolved to include thoughts and ideas and just a what is going on with life, happenings. Pages were added as ideas came along. That included my Thankfulness page, with monthly dividers and daily additions, hopefully keeping it somewhat neat, easy to read and followable. Thankfulness

I started this out with a couple questions/contest to maybe jump start interest. That seemed to fail. So I will answer them here.

One was what is this tulip used for?

It is a plastic bag holder for drying them.

My Dad made these, so I made some too. After washing out a sandwich bag slip it over the flower to dry and reuse. Don’t just throw them away! Tulip

How is the coloring done on these?

Dipped in a bowl with a food coloring and water mixture.

You could also do this with a brush to mix colors on the wood. Then you need to seal it as the colors do bleed if it gets wet. #1 and Numbers

I did what I call Desktop names. Desktops

I still have these. Know anyone who wants them? HINT! HINT!

I gave a lot of these away as gifts to family and friends, sold a couple.

During the football season I did football jerseys.

These were good sellers!

Once I moved my work space inside during the winter I got slack and started messing up with the spray paint or spray lacquer. You gotta follow the directions! Stay far enough away from what you are spraying. Don’t get too close.

Here's what happens if you get too close!

See all those bumps? This wasn’t even the worst one. The spray goes on looking good, then in a matter of minutes it can get all alligator skin-like. Oops, and It was me

Christmas was coming so I started with the Christmas theme. Hey it’s coming again soon!

I did reindeer.

A snow flake

A lot of name and word ornaments!

Those were good sellers too.

Our dining room and table got turned into a painting station! Busy

Here's a shot of the dining room table.

You can see the reindeer, some ornaments and some desktop names. I was also getting ready for a Christmas craft fair. Hey that’s coming up soon too!

Here's last years display.

I did a late birthday gift for a brother.

For his golf bag.

Here is what was probably the hardest piece I did. Yet it was fun to do too.

A Heart shelf

That turned out really nice. I even impressed myself! Heart

Here is a future project that I took a picture of. I still need to size it and then print it.

An owl trivet.

Along with many others of course!

I did a blog series on how I do it. It, was a desktop name and when I finished it, packaged it and sent it via the Post Office that’s the last it was seen or heard from! It disappeared in the postal maze and I lost the shipping receipt. I will do another one. Series start

I posted about Wheaton Academy football last year and this year. By the way our last game was last night. Lost again to finish the season 1 – 8. Most of the teams we lost to either made the playoffs or had a good chance to. A lot of tough teams. Josh has another week and a half in his second cast. Then maybe some therapy to get the arm back in shape. Next up the Academic Team, that’s non-contact! ๐Ÿ™‚

I did posts on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Mothers Day, Veterans Day, Memorial Day and July 4th. I missed Easter!

I did a post to Westboro Baptist Church on March 2nd and that got the most views ever for this blog on March 3rd. Here

I did posts about my job search. That is still on going. With other miscellaneous posts thrown in here and there.

Thank you to all my readers and subscribers. Especially those who comment! I enjoy reading your comments and responding. You all have made this blog more worth while to me. You have lifted me up when I was down and been an encouragement to me. I have blog friends around the world!

If you have ideas for me to blog about just ask, or if you have a wood craft you would like me to try send me a pattern or again just ask. I will do my best.

Thank you again! I hope you enjoy this recap!

I am on LinkedIn and Facebook now too, along with MySpace. So come Link and friend me!

Later, Harold

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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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ To let you know Ava, I am a baritone with a good range.ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 squareย  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

2000

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Later, Harold

B-Day Gift

Hello Everyone!

This was a planned series interruption.

I knew my sons birthday was today and I had made him a desktop name and that I would post it today. I said in an earlier post that I had been busy on the scroll saw, making saw dust and finishing projects. So here are the pics for today.

Just opened it

Soon as he saw it he knew it was from Dad!

He likes it

Made from 3/4″ Cherry, dipped in lemon oil and then coats of spray lacquer.

A close up

He picked Chick-Fil-A for his birthday meal. So we all went and ate there for the first time ever for all of 7 us and Gma and Gpa too. Then home for presents and dessert, Texas Sheet cake, a family favorite! Almost all of us pick it for our birthday dessert. I could never tire of it! It always gets eaten too fast.

So that’s it for today. Short and sweet!

Hopefully tomorrow I will get back to the series.

Later, Harold

 

Library Desktop

Hello Everyone!

So today is Sunday and we went to church. Did you? I hope so. It is a good place to go on a Sunday morning.

Today though I had another reason to go. I had finished a desktop name for our church library and I wanted to get it there and see how it would be displayed. I originally put it in front of the candy dish at the librarians desk. Later it had been moved to a window facing into the atrium. I do have to say in my own honest personal opinion (biased YES) it looks SWEET!

Here are some pics.

Looking good!

Now two pics of it in the window.

window display 1

Winter scenery.

window display 2

I hope it is liked. It is also from 3/4″ Walnut, dipped in lemon oil then sprayed with multiple layers of lacquer. It sure has a nice gloss on it!

So that is it for today. Hopefully tomorrow I will continue with my how it is done series.

Later, Harold

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