|Project by Gunman||posted 03-27-2017 10:14 AM||129 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
Sometimes the simplest projects are the most rewarding.
My wife and I wanted a nice mobile holder for our new baby’s crib. They are surprisingly hard to come by, and surprisingly expensive. I toyed with the idea of making one myself, but I couldn’t find a nice design in my head (plus I don’t have access to all my tools in our current apartment).
Last week I was enjoying the spring and walking my dog on a beautiful path outside my home. The maintenance guys had recently cut a lot of trees and so the side of the path was littered with felled branches. A lightbulb turned on in my head : if I can find a branch the right shape and size, it would both look nice and be a fairly easy and inexpensive project. I found the perfect branch and took it home with me.
There I sawed it to size and laid it to rest in a well-heated room to dry it overnight. The day after, I spent some time outside removing the bark with a pocket knife, then I sanded it down, drilled holes for the fixation and the “hook” on which to hang the mobile, and sawed off part of the bottom to create the fixation.
I then stamped it with our daughter’s name (Karen) and finished it off with shellac.