Why buy it when you can make it! #27: On the (business day) night before the Christmas (door decorating contest...)

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Blog entry by paxorion posted 12-11-2014 03:20 AM 1856 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With Christmas just around the corner, I was gearing up to “close up” my outdoor shop for the winter. Work however, would have different plans. The Friday before the a Christmas door decorating contest, my colleagues and I were brainstorming decorating ideas. The design for our decorated door was coming into fruition when one colleague declared that I could make the tree and star for the door.

At first, I cringed, knowing that the weather was cold, and without a band saw readily available for use, the star would be a pain to make. Then I realized, this would be a great excuse/reason to finally mount and invert my jigsaw. So when I got home, I got to work mounting my jigsaw onto a scrap piece of plywood. Unfortunately I cheaped out and didn’t use a big enough board. After some creative screwing to 2×4s and clamping to my modified store-brand workmate, I ended up with this “monstrosity”.

Ultimately, it worked out and I ended up two stars that looked something like this.

I pulled the jigsaw back out and cut out a tree.

My daughter, ever so eager to help, was put to task with the priming.

And a splash of green and gold paint later, we have our tree and two gold stars.

-- paxorion

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