Why buy it when you can make it! #14: Birthday Party Activity [Part 2] - Duck Duck, Goose?

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Blog entry by paxorion posted 09-21-2014 08:41 PM 1506 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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With only a few more weekends to go, the time will undoubtedly fly by before my daughter’s birthday party. Knowing my track record, I opted to high tail it, so that I would be able to pre-prime the parts before the party. I managed to sneak some time in this weekend to:
  1. Trace out and rough cut the remaining 16 ducks – I tried to do as much work as I could at home before heading into the shop. I’ve decided I need a new jig saw. My Skil (older version of the 4290 one) is very weak and deflects very easily.
  2. Pattern route out the ducks and round-over the edges – The flush trip bit I used needs a sharpening or to be replaced. Several of the ducks experienced some pretty bad blow-out, with one completely losing it’s tail. Others had some significant chip out that required some work with the disc/spindle sander to smooth out (no one will notice the defects right? it only adds charm).
  3. Sand the ducks with 120grit – This went along a whole lot faster than the wheels since the router left a cleaner edge, and the ducks were big enough for the ROS.

Next up, I need to:
  1. Fill any of the big holes on the ducks and wheels
  2. Cut the slots in the wheels for feet, to motivate my wife to cut the felt feet.
  3. Sand the ducks to 220grit
  4. Prime the ducks

As an interesting discovery for the day, as I was sanding, I noticed that 2 of my ducks are missing. I presume that someone declared duck season because 4 of my wheels are also missing too. Oh well, guess this means we can only have at most 18 kids.

-- paxorion

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#1 posted 09-22-2014 11:28 AM


-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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