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Blog series by William updated 11-13-2010 05:31 AM 13 parts 19763 reads 47 comments total

Part 1: The Planning Stages

09-20-2010 05:53 AM by William | 5 comments »

I’m switching gears here and starting on a new project that just a couple days ago, wasn’t even on my radar. I mean I don’t have to even start this project right this second, but I can’t wait to get started on it. So, I decided I didn’t want to wait. I’m going to push this one to the front burner and get started on it. I’m going to be building a Rocking Unicorn. I build a lot of rocking toys. Most of what I build though, I build with no idea what is t...

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Part 2: Finally An Actual Start

09-29-2010 05:22 AM by William | 3 comments »

Well in the first installment of this series I talked a lot about my ideas for this project. Ideas were pretty much all there was to it though. Then for various reaasons I haven’t been able to get into my shop to do anything after that. Well, I finally got to actually start on this. First things first, I had to actually lay out some of my ideas on paper. So I pulled out the patterns for the general shape of the unicorn, which is to be based loosely on the carousel horse plans. Then I ha...

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Part 3: Starting To Look Like Something

09-30-2010 03:24 AM by William | 3 comments »

After much cutting, the body pieces are cut. Some of the larger pieces I just ripped out on the band saw. The more detailed pieces, like the head and tail, are done on the scroll saw.In the photo above, I wanted to show the the general positioning of the one and a quarter dowel rod that runs through the inner body pieces. Remember that this is based roughly on the carousel horse plans. Whether building the carousel horse or something like this that I’m doing, it is very important to be ...

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Part 4: Sanding with a New Horn

10-02-2010 06:05 PM by William | 3 comments »

Anyone who is following this series or just happened to read it knows I was highly disappointed in the horn I had made that was pictured in the last installment. I really had no idea what I was going to do about it though. I was really discouraged with it all. I’m not great at the lathe, pretty inexperienced to say the least. Chips, a fellow lumberjock, visited me and gave me some tips to acquire the results I wished for. Above all, his visit and conversation on the horn matter, if noth...

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Part 5: The Rocker Assembly

10-04-2010 08:38 PM by William | 3 comments »

The rocker assembly is all I got done over the weekend. Friday evening and all day Saturday, my wife was off with the high school band as a chaperone along with my daughter. My older boys went camping the whole weekend. Then Sunday we had a fish fry. So I spent the weekend playing the role of superdad to my younger sons. In between all that though, I did get the rocker assembly done.Then came the hard part, getting the unicorn on the rocker assembly. I just couldn’t get her to jump for ...

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Part 6: Time To Start Ironing Out The Details

10-06-2010 01:55 PM by William | 3 comments »

Well, as usual, my wife is always right. I told her with my doctor’s appointments and all for Monday and Tuesday, that I wasn’t even going to try going to the shop. I was just going to take it easy. She told me as she was walking out the door Monday to go pick the kids up from school that I’d be over there doing something. She was right. I just couldn’t stand it. I was painting before she got back home. What you see above is the first coat of paint on the unicorn and t...

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Part 7: The Head

10-07-2010 05:13 AM by William | 1 comment »

I didn’t get much done today. It was just one of those days I guess. Here’s the completed head though. I attached the detail pieces using Gorilla wood glue and 5/8” brads. This was something I’d been worried about. I done some experimenting the other day and decided on this method. It did not work out like I wanted it to at all. A few of my pieces split while shooting the brads. I wasn’t happy about this, but it was too late to do anything about it without ruinin...

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Part 8: The Tail

10-08-2010 06:22 AM by William | 3 comments »

All those little pieces you see in the photo, those are the detail pieces for the tail. The real reason I put up this photo though is to show the sander in the background. It is a Rigid spindle/belt sander combo. While I haven’t taken the time to review it here on Lumberjocks, I want to tell you all about it now. I was worried about the two hundred dollar price tag when I bought it, but it has been worth every penny. It has cut my sanding time on projects like this one at least in half....

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Part 9: Approaching The Finish Line

10-10-2010 03:05 AM by William | 11 comments »

Well I got up yesterday determined to get the rocker details finished. I went to the shop, started up my music, got the coffee pot brewing, laid out my patterns, just about the time my wife walked in the shop. One of my son’s truck had broke down and I had to go help him get it going. I done that, went back to the shop, started another pot of coffee since the first one had gotten cold. Before I could even fix the first cup, word came that something else was wrong with his truck. I had t...

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Part 10: And It Is Done

10-12-2010 03:06 AM by William | 3 comments »

I do appreciate everyone who weighed in on my decision to add flowers to the unicorn body. In the end, I just couldn’t help it. It just needed “something”. There was nice detail up on top, down below on the rocker, and then right in the middle? A huge white “blankness”. So, without going overboard, I decided to do a little more body decorating. You can see in the photos what I done. You can go on over to projects to see the finished project. Thank you so much for...

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Part 11: Same Idea, New Project

11-10-2010 05:12 AM by William | 3 comments »

So ever since I finished the rocking unicorn, my wife has been giving me these little hints that she would like me to build her a unicorn for Christmas. She hints by saying, “I want you to build me a unicorn for Christmas”. So I’m starting another unicorn. While I won’t be showing as much of the details of the build on this one as the last, I will check in every so often and give you all an update of the progress.This one will not be specifically a rocking unicorn. Act...

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Part 12: Ready To Start

11-12-2010 02:30 PM by William | 5 comments »

That’s right. The title says, “ready to start”. It appears after doing a few similar projects as this, that I have to get to this point in the process before I can actually get started. Now is when I start shaping everything and thinking about my details. I think it is shaping up to be a real interesting piece. There isn’t much I can tell you at this point that you can’t see plainly in the photo. There is one major change I made in it. I decided I didn’t li...

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Part 13: Have I Mentioned I Hate Painting?

11-13-2010 05:31 AM by William | 1 comment »

I know I have said this multiple times in the past, but I hate painting. I don’t mind stain so much, but for some reason I hate painting. Also, I think that painting this was worse just knowing that this big purple cabinet is going into my bedroom.Anyway, putting three coats of paint on all of this took all day of a very long day. I probably could have done it without taking all day, but in between coats on different parts, I found something (anything) to do as an excuse not to get righ...

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