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Designing a Christmas Wreath #1: Initial Design

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Blog entry by KomputerMan posted 11-14-2014 09:20 PM 1105 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a picture of the wreath I built last year for the Boise Festival of Trees. Not bad for a first attempt at building a wreath, or in other words I thought it turned out pretty cool… Yeah… that’s my Daughter, she turned out pretty cool too!!! :)

For the wreath being built this year I’m using EZInlays AmbersBear as the main focal point of the wreath hanger. Because it’s Christmas I decided to put a Santa Hat on the inlay too. I found this AWESOME piece of burled hard maple that should make a pretty cool hanger.

I needed to design a Santa Hat that will fit on the Bear and look good too! I’ve been wanting to add accessories to AmbersBear for awhile so I thought why not now?

The only way to see if you like a design is to build a prototype. I built this AmbersBear a year or so ago and just had it hanging around so it became my Rev 1 prototype!

Using the alignment transparency I positioned Santa Hat inlay on the head of the Bear. Then I marked the edges of the transparency so I could align the template on the base material. Once I placed the Layer 1 template on the base material I traced the circular alignment marks, from the template, onto the base material. I use the circles inside the template for alignment because sometimes during the manufacturing process the edges of the template get a little wonky.

Using double side tape I affixed the template to the base material and routed out the Layer 1 void. This where the red part of the Santa Hat is going to be placed.

Using the same Layer 1 template I cut the inlay from a piece of Red Heart I had laying around and then glued it into the void.

After letting the glue cured for a few minutes, I affixed the Layer 2 template to the base material using the circular alignment marks as my guide. Then I routed out the the Layer 2 void.

I decided to use an epoxy with glitter to fill the Layer 2 voids. As soon as the resign dries I’ll sand it down and finish the prototype. I don’t really like my first attempt at building a Santa Hat so there will be a Rev 2. But isn’t that the way it goes with woodworking? Try something if you like it replicate it, if not improve it!


I’m thinking I need to make the brim of the hat a little more curved and a little wider. What do you think? What would you do to make the Santa Hat fit AmberBear’s head?

-- Have an Ordinary Day ~|:-)



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