So I came home from work one day to find the February 2008 copy of Woodworker’s Journal out on the kitchen table with a post-it-note on it that said, “Make me one of these except with dolphins.”
The article was about a bandsawn box with a ying-yang design. My wife saw that it was made with a bandsaw and wanted me to make it because she’s still mad at me for buying the band saw and not telling her until afterward. Now I announce to her every time I use it so that she knows it’s not sitting collecting dust (actually it’s collecting a lot of saw dust).
Anyhow, so I asked her to sketch a design she had in mind and of course she came up with something difficult beyond my beginner skills. But who was I to not give it a shot anyway? So I bought a chunk of cherry and a 1/8 inch blade and got to work.
I soon reminded myself of a term we use a lot in the Army. KISS: Keep it simple, Stupid. As I cut this thing I knew there was going to be tons of cleanup work.
Here it is after all the pieces are cut out from the block.
And here’s the state its in now.
Getting close, but still lots of sanding in tight corners.
Another problem I ran into was that I used spray adhesive to glue the pattern to the blank. After drilling the holes I peeled off the paper and found that the spray adhesive left a terrible gummy surface that I couldn’t sand out because it just gummed up the sandpaper. So I was forced to use the back and drill holes in that side as well.
I am not sure what to finish it with? I’ve never used cherry before. Any suggestions or criticism is welcome. Thanks for looking.
-- Create something everyday.