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Blog series by Patrick Jaromin updated 12-27-2010 05:29 PM 6 parts 23604 reads 26 comments total

Part 1: Designing the Puppet Theater

11-25-2010 09:24 PM by Patrick Jaromin | 1 comment »

The other night my wife’s best friend’s daughter stopped by to help out with the kids while we ran some errands and completed some chores. She showed them a new game. They spent the evening in the basement hiding behind a blanket draped over a couple chairs, putting on puppet shows with the numerous dolls and stuff animals scattered about the basement. They’ve been putting on puppet shows nearly every day since…which sparked an idea for a Christmas present/project: ...

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Part 2: Constructing the Frame and Panels

11-29-2010 03:07 PM by Patrick Jaromin | 4 comments »

Birdseye Maple on Cherry The design for the top panel calls for birdseye maple. It seemed a shame to use my only piece of birdseye maple up on just one project. I decided to resaw the board. A few passes through my old Grizzly G1066 sander later and I had a beautiful 3/32” sheet of birdseye maple veneer. Because this is going to be used for a raised panel, I had to decide on the substrate. One technique I’d seen and had always wanted to try was using a different species substra...

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Part 3: Building the "Wings"

12-13-2010 12:10 AM by Patrick Jaromin | 5 comments »

Now We’re Getting Somewhere The front came out so nice, I’ve updated the design to include frame-and-panel side wings instead of plain edge-banded cherry ply as I had originally envisioned. It’s been a busy couple of weeks and there hasn’t been much shop time available, but I’ve scraped together enough hours — usually after bedtime — to finally cut, shape, and assemble the side panels (the theater’s “wings”) and prop the whole thing up. Now w...

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Part 4: The Intarsia Comedy/Tragedy Masks

12-15-2010 10:50 PM by Patrick Jaromin | 5 comments »

A New Technique When I first designed the theater, I knew it needed something in the top arched panel. To me, the most natural thing would be the traditional comedy/tragedy masks. Although I’ve done a number of inlays in the past, it seemed like this called for something more dimensional, like a carving. Unfortunately, the last time I did any wood carving, we called it “whittling” and used it to make walking sticks and toothpicks at Boy Scout camp. I simply don’t...

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Part 5: Finishing Touches

12-19-2010 04:36 PM by Patrick Jaromin | 4 comments »

An Old Coat Rack When I was a kid, I used to spend a fair amount of time in the garage playing with my dad’s “tools.” I use quotes because I believe his entire collection consisted of little more than a handsaw, an old bright orange Sears power drill, and a few random screw drivers. Needless to say, he didn’t spend a great deal of time building things — but I made the best use I could of this assortment.  I fondly recall one Christmas cobbling together a coat rack f...

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Part 6: Opening Night!

12-27-2010 05:29 PM by Patrick Jaromin | 7 comments »

Rehearsals are over, costumes and makeup finalized, and last minute script changes incorporated. On Christmas morning, the curtain went up on the new Jaromin Family Puppet Theater! The completed puppet theater and puppet tree” The puppet tree loaded with new puppets Take your seat, unwrap candies, and mute your phones, please. The show begins Nathan joins the show 9 month old Emma takes her turn center stage Here’s the completed project posting: ...

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