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Cherry Frame and Panel Puppet Theater with Intarsia Comedy/Tragedy Masks

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Project by Patrick Jaromin posted 12-27-2010 06:06 PM 2609 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the completed puppet theater I built for the kids this Christmas. It features basic frame and panel construction with arched tops for the front and detachable side wings. The front arched panel is birdseye maple laminated over cherry and features purpleheart and walnut comedy/tragedy mask instarsia.

The complementary puppet tree is made of 8/4 ash and 1/2” dowels with 1” dowel caps to protect the puppets as they’re slid on and off. The whole thing was finished with 4-6 coats of Homer Formby Tung Oil finish.

I’ve blogged the build process on LJ here http://lumberjocks.com/pjaromin/blog/series/3376 and on my personal blog here http://tenonandspline.com/blog/archives/350.

I’d say it was a hit!

This project was a blast to build and even more fun to deliver!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL http://www.TenonAndSpline.com/blog





12 comments so far

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stefang

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#1 posted 12-27-2010 07:37 PM

Nice work! A wonderful project for the small ones. I liked the soft toy rack too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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rivergirl

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#2 posted 12-27-2010 07:39 PM

Love this! What wonderful detail, and a great puppet tree to keep things organized! Marvelous idea and a gift that will be both used and treasured forever and ever. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#3 posted 12-27-2010 08:17 PM

How cool Patrick! I really like this theater…. Two thumbs up!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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shopdog

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#4 posted 12-27-2010 10:04 PM

Great build…love the masks, and the happy children.

-- Steve-- http://www.urbanexteriors.biz

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terrilynne

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#5 posted 12-27-2010 10:08 PM

This is very well done, beautiful! The kids really like it and I’m sure in the future will put on some great shows.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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Patrick Jaromin

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#6 posted 12-27-2010 10:23 PM

Thanks, all!This project was a blast to build and I was thrilled with the response.

As for the idea of the puppet tree, once my wife got the 32 new puppets, it was obvious we’d need some kind of dedicated storage for them—with 4 kids under 5, play areas don’t stay neat for very long! Having a “place” for everything makes it a bit easier to keep things livable!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL http://www.TenonAndSpline.com/blog

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Brad_Nailor

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#7 posted 12-28-2010 02:41 AM

This came out fantastic. Allot of guys would have opted for something more kid friendly, like plastic or melamine, or even plywood…. but I love the cherry panels, and the curly maple, and the masks. Well done.

-- http://www.facebook.com/pages/DSO-Designs/297237806954248

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Patrick Jaromin

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#8 posted 12-28-2010 02:53 AM

@Brad—Actually, when the idea first struck I was thinking of just using some left over cherry ply. My wife was wondering if I had time to build it and I said something like I would “slap something together with left over plywood…only take a day or so.”

Well, one thing led to another!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL http://www.TenonAndSpline.com/blog

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ND2ELK

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#9 posted 12-28-2010 05:31 AM

Beautiful job as always. Great craftsmanship and something that can be enjoyed for years to come. Thanks for sharing.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 12-30-2010 01:40 AM

Hi Patrick;

Very nice job!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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mafe

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#11 posted 01-09-2011 04:19 AM

So wonderful, love it.
Lucky kids, wonderful dad!
Best thoughts,
MaFe

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

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Nate Meadows

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#12 posted 05-23-2012 03:15 AM

This is awesome!

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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