|Project by MalcolmLaurel||posted 02-19-2016 01:31 AM||1073 views||4 times favorited||2 comments|
First, I gotta apologize for the poor picture, taken before they were finished and shellacked, but I must have forgotten to take any more, probably because I was in a hurry to get them done for Christmas.
Anyway, those of you living in the mid to northern part of the country know the joys of scraping ice of your car’s windshield on a cold morning. The plastic scrapers chip and wear out, and the brass edged ones work until the plastic holding them brass strip cracks. Gotta be a better way, so I went to my “go to” material of mountain laurel, with sheets of .040” thick brass. I slit the ends of the laurel sticks to receive the brass, with a brass screw in each arm to secure them. Then (after this picture was taken), clean and polish the brass, shellac the wood, and reassemble.
These were for my family… I couldn’t pick which one for which person, so I put them all in one big box and wrapped it for Christmas morning. Everybody (my wife, our daughters, one son in law, one fiance) drew numbers, the person with #1 unwrapped the box and chose the first one, the rest chose in order, and I kept the last one for myself. And yes, everybody reports they work great! Maybe next year I’ll make longer ones with snow brushes.
-- Malcolm Laurel - http://MalcolmLaurel.com