|Project by rmoore44||posted 03-01-2010 04:41 AM||1747 views||2 times favorited||4 comments|
I made this seahorse at my daughter’s request, she’s doing a “beach” theme in her bedroom. I sketched out the pattern on graph paper, then transferred it to brown paper at full size. Basically a lot of little half-lap joints, all cut by hand, then glued together. The seahorse intentionally encroaches into the frame in a few places, to provide support. My wife found the glass eye at a craft store.
After finishing this one, I would change a few things the next time:
- get a good saw…I used a coping saw and a chisel to cut the joints, the coping saw was hard to keep straight.
- design the pattern with less stopped half-lap joints, hard to do well.
- steam bend the vertical curved pieces…trying to make curves with small straight peices is tough. Not that I’ve ever steam bent wood, but seems like it’d be easier overall.
-- --RoB, Florida