|Project by SPalm||posted 12-19-2012 02:42 PM||2216 views||10 times favorited||25 comments|
These are some presents I made last weekend for my kids. I don’t get a lot of time in the shop recently, so this was a really enjoyable build. The blades are about one foot square and then another foot for the handle. Cherry, walnut, and maple. I made a tapering sled to hold the peel at an angle while I sent it through the thickness sander – a planer would work as well, but I find it more enjoyable at the sander. 36 grit sandpaper does the job pretty quickly.
The handles are 9/16 inches thick and are not tapered. The entire flat was tapered at about a 2 degree slope until it was about 1/8 in thick. Then I made another jig so I could stand them on end, tilted the table saw blade a smidgen and beveled the bottom inch so they have a nice knife like edge. You can get an idea of the amount of tapering from picture #5. The handle and the top edged of the blade have a 1/8 inch round-over from the router table.
I basically used the design from American Woodworker. I had some trouble getting the curves I was looking for, so I used Sketchup and tested some ideas. I thought I would post a screen capture from that work. The curves are all 2 inch diameter, and the thin strips are .75 inches wide. I cut the first curves, glued-up the peel, and then drum sanded the blending curve into the handle.
And here is a bonus pic. Wooden whistles as described by Mary Anne. I plan to give them out to the neighbor kids. I am sure that their parents will love me for it. What a hoot.
Happy Holidays All,
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