|Project by robbinscabin||posted 08-04-2011 10:11 PM||6029 views||17 times favorited||43 comments|
As I celebrate my 1000th day I’d like to celebrate my sharing my newly finished screen door projects. The “Buck Shot” door is still waiting to find a home. The “Jersey” and The “Birds & Branches” door will soon be shipped to their Vermont home. I can Thank LumberJocks for giving me enough confidence to continue with these doors despite all the setbacks.
These doors were so much fun…and yet so infuriating! I call it the “Mutiny of the Machines”! As you all know, I start with using the computer to generate a “template”. I use these templates to fine tune the design until the customer is happy with the plan. Then I draw onto the wood and cut out the design using a jigsaw. It’s usually quite fun…until your jigsaw fails to do it’s job…I actually had two jigsaws “give up the ghost” during these doors. What normally takes hours took days to hand cut. Ugh! But eventually I was able to get to the carving. The carving is the best part of the project for me. I like to try new techniques everytime to see if I can add something unexpected. It’s just so much fun! After an easy and fun couple of days carving all that was left was the finishing. This is when my stain sprayer decided to join the Jigsaws in the Mutiny! Normally staining is a very fast part of my process…not when I’m hand staining all the “nooks & crannies”! It took forever. Then I had to do it all 3 more times with Poly! Waiting a full day or more between coats because of the humidity!
But despite all the setbacks, I am happy with the results. I think that the doors turned out to be very close to the templates. I hope my very very VERY patient customer likes the doors as well.
Picture 1: Me and my Trio of Doors…My neighborhood thinks I’m a nut! LOL
Picture 2: Birds & Branches Door
Picture 3: Birds & Branches Template…Computer Generated for Customer’s Plan Approval
Picture 4: Jersey Door
Picture 5: Jersey Template
PS…Taking all recommendations for Heavy Duty Jigsaws and Reasonable but Professional Paint/Stain Sprayers.
-- Robbinscabin, www.facebook.com/northcountryrustics