|Project by Blake||posted 01-06-2011 05:17 AM||1926 views||10 times favorited||4 comments|
This was my main Christmas present to all of my family and friends this year. I made 27 of them. I wish I took photos in the middle of building them but I forgot.
Here is how I made them:
- Start out by cutting six 2” by 2” Maple strips, each about 2 or 3 feet long.
- Angle the table saw blade to 15 degrees and rip them into long diamond-shaped strips.
- Take each long diamond strip and run it over the router table to create interesting grooves along each side of each strip.
- Glue up the strips with lots of rubber bands and tape to make one VERY long snowflake.
- When the glue dries chop set a stop block on your miter saw and carefully chop off the individual snowflakes (you must have a very sharp and fine-toothed blade to avoid catastrophe since each arm is unsupported)
- Gently knock the splinters off the edges with a flap sander.
- Drill a hole in the top of each snowflake so it can hang correctly from a string.
- Hold each snowflake on a wide belt sander and rock in a circular motion to create the “pillow” shape.
- Hang all snowflakes in a row on a wire and spray with Shellac.
- Attach string or ribbon, hang from Christmas tree, enjoy.
-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com