Bobber Box for Bobby

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Project by CueballRosendaul posted 07-26-2015 02:09 PM 1131 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my new friends at church has been absent lately because he’s a tournament fisherman on Sunday mornings. I felt the urge to make him a little gift. It’s a simple oak box with mitered corners and a lid that rests on a rabbet. The bobber was cut on the band saw and has a small brass screw up from the bottom to hold it in place.

The phrase “Better to be sitting in a boat thinking about God than sitting in a church thinking about fishing!” was applied by printing it on my laser printer in reverse then using lacquer thinner to transfer to the wood. A quick coat of gloss poly finished the project.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#1 posted 07-26-2015 02:24 PM

I like that

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#2 posted 07-26-2015 08:29 PM

Great little gift, good project and GREAT quote. Thanks for sharing.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 07-26-2015 08:56 PM

Nice. I’m sure your friend will get the “subtle” hint :-)

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#4 posted 07-26-2015 11:54 PM

Like the box but love the wording

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#5 posted 07-27-2015 10:27 AM

love the box and the saying – Would you mind providing more details on how you transferred the print onto the lid, please?

-- "There are three kinds of men. The ones who learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." --- Will Rogers

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#6 posted 07-27-2015 12:41 PM

It’s very nice and a thoughtful gift as well, and it’s always profitable to think about God no matter where we are.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 08-02-2015 03:04 PM

Nice box and nice saying

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 08-04-2015 02:33 AM

Laser printer and lacquer thinner. The transfer onto this piece didn’t turn out as nice as a few others I’ve done, mostly because it’s oak and a little because I wasn’t patient enough. The process is very simple. Print the image or text on plain paper in a laser printer. Select “reverse” or inverse or backwards, whatever your printer or program calls it. I found it works best too if you run the paper through the printer a second time to deposit another layer of toner on the paper. Dense grain smooth wood works best, sanded to 400 grit and cleaned. Tape the paper down and give a hard rub with a rag damp with lacquer thinner. The thinner loosens the toner from the paper and the pressure applies it to the wood. Wait for it to dry several minutes before pulling it off otherwise the toner will be stringy and make a mess.

It took several experiments to get it figured out, and it’s not perfect, but cheap and easy. It works well with color images too. With black letters and images you can touch up any light spots with a fine point Sharpie. I have a few signs and other projects coming up soon with some nice transfers.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#9 posted 08-05-2015 01:03 AM

Here are a few other examples of the lacquer thinner transfer that I’ve been playing with. Hopefully Photobucket will include my resizing edits so you can see the whole picture instead of just the left side. Does anyone else hate Photobucket? You’d think that with as many members and active as this site is, we’d have more dynamic options. TIME FOR AN UPDATE LJ ADMINISTRATORS.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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