|Project by KoryK||posted 04-14-2011 05:13 AM||3885 views||6 times favorited||19 comments|
First of all I really still don’t know why I made this piece??? For my birthday my wife gave me a gift certificate to use, but on a few conditions. I could only use it for a piece that was not for sale, or for a gift, and only for my enjoyment to make. Her conditions came from the fact I told her that doing this was starting to feel more like work than fun because of deadlines and such. After 25 years of marriage she has really figured me out and this piece was fun again.
As silly as it sound, this is the pattern that I chose LOL. I really don’t have any love for horses, much less mules (not to offend anyone, just a city boy). I just saw this pattern (Judy Roberts) and I have wanted to do it every sense. Sometimes I see a pattern and some of the cuts and colors really intrigue me. Then I see ways to expand and it really gets me thinking. The mule pretty much goes by the pattern besides the wood choices, but I made the frame from scratch. It’s hard to see in the pictures, but I really wanted the frame/fence to look weathered. We had to replace our back deck because the wood had cracked, weathered, and started to warp. How convenient, I cut down the old lumber to use for the frame and cross pieces to make it look like a fence in the background. I did not even sand the frame to get the effect I was looking for. Please let me know I’m not the only one that gets jazzed about a project that is way off their normal thing.
This was made from walnut, aspen, cherry, figured maple, ebony, mahogany, old crappy deck pieces, and birch plywood backing. Finished in a satin polyurethane
-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory