|Project by Dan||posted 10-11-2010 11:02 PM||1811 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
So this past weekend was my only nephew’s birthday, he turned 2 years old. I am very forgetful of specific dates, especially birthdays so it was not until this past Friday that I remembered his B-day. My first thought was that I should get him a gift and right away I decided that I should build him something. I built a couple small tool totes for my boys a couple months back and they liked them so I figured that would be a good thing to make again. My one big setback was time. For me to be able to give to him on his birthday I had to have it done by Sat afternoon. That gave me Friday night and early Sat to work on it. My plan was to get the box all all cut, glued and clamped before I went to bed then sand and finish it Sat morning. I didn’t want to spend a lot of time getting lumber ready so I just grabbed a piece of pine wood from Home Depot. I cut sides with lap joints and bottom is 1/2 plywood that fits into some grooves. Was able to get it all glued and clamped late Friday night as I planned. After looking it over I felt it was missing something. I wanted to add more detail of some kind. I thought it over and decided it would be neat to try and carve his name into the box. I didn’t want this to look perfect by any means. I wanted there to be no doubt that I carved this by hand so any smaller mistakes here were welcomed. I tore my house apart looking for anything with letters I could trace that were about the size I needed. I found one of my kids ABC books that had perfect size letters with some detail. I traced them on paper, cut them out and tapped to the side of the box. I did all this early Sat morning. Once taped on I cut around the letters with a razor, took the letters off and carved the letters with one flat bevel chisel and a utility knife. Oh and sand paper. It turned out exactly how I wanted. After 6 hours or so of carving this thing I had no time to wait for finish but luckily I had some Shellac on hand and that drys really fast.
Now my boys want their names carved in their boxes…. I think I need to get some carving tools.. It was my first time and really fun! Never thought I would enjoy carving.
-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"