|Project by Lazyman||posted 09-02-2015 08:08 PM||3642 views||32 times favorited||17 comments|
I stumbled upon Steve Garrison’s YouTube Channel and saw his video on making shells from wood. I got a copy of Steve’s ebook with more information on making them and made this small prototype shell just to try his technique. This was made out a short piece of pine 2×4 I had laying around and I really wasn’t planning on making it look nice but after glue up and some basic sanding it turned out nice enough to show off so I spent a little more time smoothing and sanding it and then made a stand. All of the exterior wood is basically end grain which is what makes this look so cool. There are definitely some rough spots and I actually broke off a piece of the wall while I was sanding it because I made the side walls too thin and was trying to sand them on a belt sander and had to glue the piece back back on. If you zoom in close enough you may be able to see the glue joint. I used 2 of the 4 remnant wedges to make the stand, again taking advantage of the end grain make it interesting. While the work spanned over several days, it took less than 2 hours to cut, about 30 minutes to glue it together and another couple of hours sanding and finishing. The finish is Minwax Wipe-On Poly.
You can find more information and videos at http://www.spiralsbysteve.com/shells.php. He was several other really interesting techniques that are also worth looking at.
-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.