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Project by PDF posted 12-21-2011 11:28 AM 1638 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first Lumberjocks project.

My wife and I saw several versions of this mobile on our recent trip to Cambodia. I really liked the design, so I decided to make one for a Christmas present for my grandfather. He is the true craftsman in the family, so hopefully he can appreciate it, flaws and all. I did all the work with hand tools (except the drill press) and for some reason chose to make each of the four corners of the frame a different type of joint. I can chalk the whole thing up to a good learning experience.

The body is cocobolo, the frame and legs are cherry, and the head is some hardwood my dad had laying around that I don’t recognize. Very hard though, rough on the chisels.

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View Bluepine38's profile


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#1 posted 12-21-2011 04:42 PM

Glad you finally decided to participate, once you get your feet wet this site is pretty good. Nice looking bird,
I am guessing that you move that balance point until the birds head is balanced against the counterweight
and then tie it off, so a little push keeps it moving for a while. Thank you for sharing, and now that you
have started, I hope it does not take so long for the second project.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 12-21-2011 04:49 PM

That is such an interestng and cool looking bird and project. Its something I have noit seen before. You will see at LJs that there are so many great ideas that people share, yours included. Thanks for sharing yours with us.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 12-21-2011 05:16 PM

That’s a good conversation piece and I’ll bet your grandfather will enjoy it.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

#4 posted 12-21-2011 07:09 PM

Very interesting project !!!


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#5 posted 12-22-2011 06:10 AM

Very, very cool… you used handtools, your grandfather will enjoy this! Thanks for the post!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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