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Collapsible castles revisited

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Project by MasterSergeant posted 1261 days ago 1679 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In my ”bits and pieces” bin I had a walnut board with a knot hole dead center. I didn’t want to throw it away and I know it would make a nice “something”, I had a brain short circuit and put that piece of walnut board to use. I never “re-sawn” a board before so I gave it a try and split the board down the center, it worked to my amazement! I ran the halves through the thickness planer, sanded to exhaustion, stained one half antique oak and the other golden oak, then sprayed several coat of poly (sanding again between coats). I have been playing around with collapsible castles so I mounted them on the finished walnut. The knot hole was interesting to figure out what to do with it. At first I was going to put a mirror beneath it to reflect light. I went to my favorite inspiration store Hobby Lobby and where I found mirrors, but down the same isle were stain glass in every color imaginable. It didn’t take me long to find a blue colored glass and put the mirror back. I routed out the back side of the walnut slab to accept the glass, I use Gorillas glue to attach the glass to the slab and then added felt to cover and protect the glass and future counter top.

Lessons learned this project:
re-sawed to produce two usable pieces of wood
sanded using ever increasing fine paper until absolutely awesomely smooth
used the router on edges
applied stain leaning how time makes big differences in color
applied finish using steel wool between coats to get a nice smooth finish

I say this was a good project for my report card! Pretty soon I will be putting the trim in our house with all these learned lessons.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction





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MasterSergeant

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#1 posted 1261 days ago

Forgot to add, I used stain glass I purchased at Hobby Lobby to resemble a lake between the two castles.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 1261 days ago

Those are neat.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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moment

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#3 posted 1261 days ago

Beautiful Work !

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#4 posted 1261 days ago

I find the collapsible castles very interesting. I might have to try and make one sometime.

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#5 posted 1261 days ago

Creative & imaginative work.

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#6 posted 1260 days ago

Nice job, neat idea

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#7 posted 1247 days ago

those are so freaking cool

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#8 posted 952 days ago

That is really, really cool. I love those!

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