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Project by doubleDD posted 03-11-2018 01:32 AM 632 views 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I cut this tin man picture out of a magazine to copy almost 2 years ago and wanted to surprise my wife. She sets up a Wizard of Oz scene in the front of our house every spring and I thought this would fit in with it.
I used a old table leg for his body, head, and funnel. The arms and legs were turned from other stock I had laying around. He was soaked in water seal, then 2 coats of metallic paint, and 4 coats of exterior finish. The sun was out today so I took some pictures outside. Still to cold for the rest of the yard art. He stands 22’’ tall.
This is the most fun I had on the lathe in a long time.

The hardest part was figuring out what to make the fingers out of. I came up with the idea of using solder. Won’t rust and was flexible. I followed the picture and put a few changes in myself. In the ad, the tin man was going for $69.00. I save big time on this one. Hope you enjoy looking.
My wife had the biggest smile when I showed her.
Questions and comments welcomed.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.





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stefang

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#1 posted 03-11-2018 01:37 AM

Very cool Dave. The second I saw the picture I thought Wizard of Oz! I’ll bet the kids like it a lot too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 03-11-2018 01:49 AM

Thanks Mike. Kind of a give away. LOL. My kids saw it but the neighbors kids will have to wait till it warms up more and I get a chance to clean up out there and set up the rest. The Tin Man will be idle for another month or so.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#3 posted 03-11-2018 02:06 AM

AWESOME Dave! That’s a great looking Tin Man! Solder was a good idea for fingers. I hope you take him in at night so he won’t stray away with a stranger.
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He sure looks like his in a happy place!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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woodshaver Tony C

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#4 posted 03-11-2018 02:13 AM

I just showed my wife and she said “Wow! That is so cool; he looks really good!”

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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DocSavage45

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#5 posted 03-11-2018 02:20 AM

Dave “Tin Man” made out of wood? I’m sooo confused but I know you’re getting points with this one. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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doubleDD

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#6 posted 03-11-2018 04:02 AM

Thanks Tony. I had more fun with this project than most in a long time. I had to keep hiding it every time my wife came near the shop. I showed my grandson yesterday and he asked what’s this?. I replied, the Tin Man. When we went up stairs he kept saying tin man, tin man, tin man. Nancy asked why is he keep saying that. I said, I don’t know.
Glad you and your wife like it.

Thanks Tom. It’s wood with a silver lining? If I made him out of metal I couldn’t post him. haha Besides, he hangs around in the woods.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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htl

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#7 posted 03-11-2018 04:10 AM

Way cute and a wood tin man is just right for us!
I always love a fun silly project no pressure just let the mind loss and come up with ideas for it.

-- Learn More About Making Wooden Models. An Index Of My Model making Blogs. http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 03-11-2018 04:14 AM

That is really cool, Dave!!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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doubleDD

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#9 posted 03-11-2018 05:46 AM

Thanks htl. You hit it on the button. Projects with no pressure but just for fun are great.

Thanks Jim.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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BobWemm

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#10 posted 03-11-2018 05:50 AM

Hey Dave, he is absolutely awesome.
What a great idea.

Bob

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 03-11-2018 06:37 AM

SUPER addition to the Family!

Great job!

Very COOL!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#12 posted 03-11-2018 08:00 AM

Doesn’t he sopposed to be made of metal -he he- great work- a little change in front yard, opposite to common garden dwarf.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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kdc68

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#13 posted 03-11-2018 10:13 AM

Very cool Dave ! Pretty ingenious idea using solder for the fingers….. Well done !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Cliff

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#14 posted 03-11-2018 10:49 AM

Well Done Dave…..I would have to say very Life Like…..The Tin Man looks like he is alive and full of fun and life!!!

I can see that you really enjoyed making that project . Fantastic Project!!!! Good progress photos too.

Regards,

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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jeffswildwood

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#15 posted 03-11-2018 12:20 PM

Pretty nice Dave. Nothing like just having fun in the shop.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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