A Nest of Mice

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Project by MsDebbieP posted 07-06-2009 12:45 PM 2959 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

July 6/09

Last month I was approached by Traci Niese, Publicist and Marketing, from Fox Chapel Publishing, about reviewing some of their new books they have available for woodworkers. The plan is that over the next few months I will review one book each month and have a random draw for a free copy of the book here at LumberJocks. I will be reviewing the books (and providing details about the draw) in the LJ eMag.

When the books arrived my excitement level skyrocketed, as each book was filled with projects that I’d like to make. The first book I chose to look at was “Turning Vintage Toys” by Chris Reid. I will provide more information about the book in the August eMag.

The Project
The cute little mouse is the first project in the book and I thought I’d give it a try. Remember that my only experience on the lathe is with my 7 pens that I have turned this past month. But, with my very limited knowledge and limited tools I was able to create this little squeaker. (the green version)
Now, I have to admit that it doesn’t look exactly like the one in the book but it does look like a mouse! I’m sure that with a little practice (and perhaps a couple tool purchases) I will end up with dozens of mice sitting all over my house!(the brown and natural coloured mice are number 2 and number 3).

Thinking of making your own vintage toys? Look for the random draw information in August’s eMag and you might end up with a free copy of “Turning Vintage Toys”, donated by Fox Chapel Publishing!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#1 posted 07-06-2009 01:03 PM


-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#2 posted 07-06-2009 01:05 PM

They look like mice to me eeeek

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#3 posted 07-06-2009 02:48 PM

These are great!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 07-06-2009 03:26 PM

Very nice Debbie. I thought you had cross posted something from gardentenders, because I opened my BBQ the other day and a mouse was running around looking for a place of a bed.

Some great little toys.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 07-06-2009 04:54 PM

Very creative!

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#6 posted 07-06-2009 05:04 PM

Hey MsDebbie
Fun stuff plus reveiwing books must be a new adventure in woodworking

-- wood crafting & classes

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#7 posted 07-06-2009 05:11 PM

These are Adorable! I think I still have a wooden mouse from my childhood days. I know I have some Scandinavian made Christmas mice that balance on tiny feet and teeter without falling over.

The book reviews sound quite intriging. Keep us posted.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#8 posted 07-06-2009 05:59 PM

Very cute! My girlfriend has a wooden mouse from her childhood called “Noteven”.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#9 posted 07-06-2009 07:10 PM

Thats great Deb, you made my day with those little buggers, they’re so cute. m

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 07-06-2009 07:32 PM

thanks everyone. The last one was fun to make :) The first two – well I struggled a bit.

Keep watching for the review.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 07-07-2009 01:05 AM

Nice work MsDabbie

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you

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#12 posted 07-07-2009 06:12 AM

Adorable! Made me smile. Thanks

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#13 posted 07-07-2009 07:49 AM

You did well Ms Debbie.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 07-08-2009 02:49 AM

Nice work MsDebbie. You did well on the mice now where is the Cat….........................LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#15 posted 07-08-2009 12:59 PM

thanks :)


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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