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Project by DaleM posted 1904 days ago 1925 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a few simple projects I made in the past. The first two are curling iron/hair dryer holders one of which now belongs to my wife and one belongs to my sister. My wife wanted one years ago when the only tools I had were a drill and a jigsaw but I got it done. Hers is the second one shown, with the round loop for the hair dryer. The first one is my sister’s with a closeup of the box in the second pic. I looked them up online when my wife described what she wanted and there were a lot of them, some with shelves on the bottom, but none with boxes, so I made her one with a box to hold all of her hair stuff. My sister saw the pic and wanted one too. The folding basket I made was because my sister and a friend were at my aunt’s house and saw an apple shaped one and wanted one, but wanted it to be shaped like a heart. I thought I could make one with my jigsaw, but it won’t hold a precise enough angle and the kerf was too thick so I bought a scrollsaw and made a couple of these. The base is yellow pine and the basket is red oak. These are fun projects and good to develop skills for a new woodworker.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1904 days ago

hey Dale
a nice variety of cool projects

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#2 posted 1904 days ago

Those are beautifully done. I especially like the hairdryer box ones. They look so precise and nicely/cleanly finished that I feel like I’m running my hand over them just looking at them. Great work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 1903 days ago

Nice job on all of them …The heart is awesome : )

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firecaster

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#4 posted 1903 days ago

I would think the hair station would be popular.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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closetguy

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#5 posted 1903 days ago

I like the curling iron holder. I have burn marks in the carpet in my daughter’s bedroom from curling irons. This gives my an idea.

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DaleM

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#6 posted 1903 days ago

Thanks for all the comments. I just want to add something I learned. The lid on the box of the first curling iron holder pictured has warped just slightly because I didn’t think it necessary at the time to put the poly finish on the inside of the box. As I’ve learned since, and a lot of you already know, putting finish on just one side of something allows it to absorb moisture on only one side and therefore warp. And where is this thing? In a bathroom of course where every time someone showers it turns into a steambath. Both of the curling iron/hair dryer holders are made from poplar by the way which seems to absorb moisture pretty quickly.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 1883 days ago

You have made some very nice things, I especially like the collapsible heart.

I’ve seen bowls made like this, but not something unique like the heart.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 1816 days ago

I’ve been thinking of some collapsable things for years… haven’t done it… yet…

What angle do you use? I guess there is a function of angle & wood thickness…?

Do you think a band saw would workout?

Very NICE work!

Thanks.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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DaleM

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#9 posted 1816 days ago

Joe, for 3/4 wood, I used a 3 degree angle. More, and it won’t open much, less and some of the layers don’t catch and leaves gaps. I don’t know about a bandsaw, maybe with a 1/16” blade? Thanks for the comment.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 1816 days ago

Aren’t your scrollsaw blades super thin?

Typical BS blade is less than 1/32” but not as thin as a scrollsaw blade.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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DaleM

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#11 posted 1815 days ago

Yes, the scrollsaw blades I have are way thinner than my bandsaw blade, but I only have the 1/2” resaw blade so I didn’t know how thin the smaller ones might be. I believe with the thicker kerf you could still do it but you would need to increase the angle a lot more than 3 degrees so the bottom of the piece will catch on the top as you spread it open.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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