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My 2008 "Not Just Any Box" Winter Awards #6: Carving drawer handles

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Blog entry by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 01-17-2008 09:59 PM 985 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Making the drawer Part 6 of My 2008 "Not Just Any Box" Winter Awards series Part 7: Carving Roses wasn't very Rosie! »

Yesterday afternoon, I shifted my gears into the carving mode

I decided to make drawer handles, & decided that a small rose would look kind of nice.

Actually, to tell you the truth, I had made that decision when first designing the box.
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First I picked out a piece of cut off, & drill 3 holes with my plug cutter. These plugs will later be used to hold the rose while caving, & also for fastening to the drawer front.

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I measured where the center of the plugs were, & pinned the pattern in place.

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I drew an extra one just in case.

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I sawed out the three blanks.

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Then I cut into the plugs, so I’d have a handle on the blanks.

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I made a jig, so I could hold them in the vise. I drilled a 3/8” hole, then sawed down through the center of it. I just came up with this method of holding a small object. It may be , & old method, but it’s the first time I’ve tried this, it works great

Its funny, when I tried putting a plug in the hole, it wouldn’t fit. I had accidentally made the plugs 1/2” instead of 3/8”, so I had to resize the plugs, LOL

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The first blank ready for carving.

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Partially carved Rose. I start on the outside, & carve one petal at a time, gradually working toward the center .

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Completed drawer handle!

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That’s all for today, more to come.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1



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GaryK

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#1 posted 01-17-2008 10:05 PM

Very nice carving job. I am going to try a carving on my 2×4 project.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 01-17-2008 10:07 PM

Go for it Gary!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Grumpy

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#3 posted 01-17-2008 10:10 PM

Great technique Dick. I like the fence on your bandsaw, nice piece of equipment. I sense this project will be something special.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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YorkshireStewart

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#4 posted 01-17-2008 10:20 PM

Carvers always make it look so easy, but I’ve never found it so. That method for creating the plugs is really clever. I look forward to seeing he finished job Dick.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 01-17-2008 10:33 PM

That’s beautiful, Dick.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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jockmike2

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#6 posted 01-17-2008 11:22 PM

Did you make the fence for your saw or did it come with it.? Great illustration in sequence and everything you’re getting to be quite the producer. Nice rose. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 01-17-2008 11:41 PM

Mike’
the fence came with it, & its real sturdy. If you notice the two slots, it comes with a guide post that bolts to it, for following an identical curved piece.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Kerry

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#8 posted 01-18-2008 12:31 AM

Very very nice, thanks for posting this.

Kerry

-- Alberta, Canada

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#9 posted 01-18-2008 02:59 AM

Nicely done Dick

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 01-18-2008 04:37 PM

Hi Dick;

Very imaginative!

I’m still not sure those are your hands though. LOL

Great idea, and your method is very clever.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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rikkor

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#11 posted 01-18-2008 05:12 PM

Wow! Thanks for the step-by-step on the roses. I admire your talent.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 01-18-2008 05:16 PM

Thank you Lee,

When I look at the picture, I have a hard time believing they’re mine. When I worked for a living in the grease,&

grime of equipment as mechanic, my fingers were always full of cracks, & scars filled with diesel soot.

It took 17 years to heal them. LOL

I’d like also to thank all of you for your kind comments.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#13 posted 01-19-2008 05:57 AM

sweet knobs … great idea !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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cheller

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#14 posted 01-20-2008 02:34 AM

Very nice, I’m sure Barb will love it.

-- Chelle http://artsgranddaughter.blogspot.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#15 posted 01-20-2008 07:02 AM

Thank you, Cheller, & Dan

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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