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Project by learnin2do posted 08-09-2010 06:00 PM 2385 views 12 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first commission! I’m so excited…so is my bank account! A former co-worker at the preschool is purchasing it for her granddaughter’s birthday. It was supposed to be cotton leaves (she didn’t request that, so i guess it is fine that it didn’t work out).

-it is a 2x…8 or something with a 2x …6 or something laminated on either side
-1/4 inch sheets of ply for the seats bent into a curve at either end of the 2x’s w some 2x added to either side again in the seat area for width

All of the main lumber is “reclaimed”!
-Can you bend 1/4 inch ply any better with with a steamer?

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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Chris Cunanan

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#1 posted 08-09-2010 06:06 PM

wow, is the main part all one piece? glad to hear some people still making it through hard times with odd items…looks great!

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#2 posted 08-09-2010 06:21 PM

What an Idea! Nice!

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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#3 posted 08-09-2010 06:53 PM

Fantastic!! You’ve really got something great there! Very cool….............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 08-09-2010 07:07 PM

Spectacular I love it

-- Praise God in all things, especially the bad things because they make the best learning experiences.

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#5 posted 08-09-2010 07:21 PM

Great job. It looks awesome and gettin paid is always an upside. Keep up the good work.

-- Matt -

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Tony Strupulis

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#6 posted 08-09-2010 07:33 PM

That’s the coolest see saw ever! How did you bend plywood????

-- Tony -

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#7 posted 08-09-2010 11:10 PM

Looks Great! Like I said before about your other seesaw… I bet it will hold my big butt :) LOL
And Gettin` Paid , Gettin` Paid.
Nice work again, thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#8 posted 08-10-2010 02:30 AM

Looks like a fun ride. Best looking seesaw I ever saw or see.

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#9 posted 08-10-2010 03:05 AM

Absolutely wonderful design! I’ve never seen anything like it before. This just fits so naturally in a back yard for young children. So much nicer than the old plastic and metal play equipment. You’ve definitely got a winner here! I could see this as part of a series of natural looking play equipment for youngsters! Keep on keeping on.

Ken McGinnis
p.s. I favorited this piece!

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#10 posted 08-10-2010 06:02 AM

woodbutcher, that is what got me started -i do not like funky colored plastic stuff in my house or yard. Now, with 5 kids i have certainly tolerated plenty, but, i figured if some could be avoided -why not?!
I made a baby walker out of a plywood disk, cross- laminated 1×8’s (something too soft and pale)-made a rectangle from which i cut an oval and shaped like a turtle shell and 2×10’s cut into curved legs that looked like a turtle – rough, but pretty cool, with a removable center disc/headpad that inset into the top (shell) and held the fabric seat.
gosh, i would love to see one that one of you guys made with actual joining and real knowledge instead of drywall screws and plugs! I want to know if anyone has used a steamer on it? -would it fall apart?
-someone PLEASE post one! -and any non-plastic baby equipment!
-baby furniture should be furniture! It should not make you dread going in the den -there is plenty of time for that when they are older!!

-Arora -just like the ramps-sometimes i soak them in the bathtub, or just lay them diagonal against the fence a while -and drywall screw them to a curved frame -it’s 1/4 inch -the ramps are 3/4

-y’all, have you seen this? -
-than is a *#%&^%ing log that has been shaved on one side -keep on clicking…I realize it is to raise money, but…blah, blah, blah…sorry!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#11 posted 08-10-2010 10:20 AM

It’s just wonderful, Alice in wonderland.
All kids will love this – me included.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 08-10-2010 03:09 PM

I saw your first projects come on the other day, Christine… and was astounded!!
I love your Style and Visions!! You have quite a natural talent…
Keep up the Great Work and Welcome to LJ’s!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Heidi Neely

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#13 posted 08-10-2010 05:21 PM

Wow, cool design. How unique with leaves for the seats…..the kids will love it! Great job! : )

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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Matthew T. Smith

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#14 posted 08-11-2010 09:49 PM

This is delightful Christine. In my mind, organic shapes are inherently more difficult to execute than geometric ones. You’ve done a beautiful job. The leaf petal seats and supporting beam are nicely proportioned and quite inviting. The different woods and finishes are great. My only criticism might be that the receiving base structure is not as interesting or perhaps as cohesive with the flavor of the seats and beam as I’m wanting to see. That said…I love it.
Best of luck to you in keeping the commissions coming.

-- Matthew, North Carolina,

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#15 posted 08-12-2010 04:09 PM

Very nice.

-- Jonathan

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