My Last Christmas project

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Project by Monte Pittman posted 12-24-2012 05:20 AM 1483 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was trying to get all of these projects done before Christmas. I hate waiting to the last minute :-)

One of my best friends called a week ago and wanted this for his daughters fiancee. Sure, squeeze one more in. Since I was setting up to cut this though I decided to cut three others for shows. No better time than now.

26” wide x 36” tall x 8” deep. Made of beetle kill pine with the arrow holder in red cedar. Used a palm router for engraving.

Thanks for looking

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 12-24-2012 05:24 AM

Looks good. What type of bit do you use in the palm router? I have been wanting to do some engraving like this but just haven’t had the time or notion to give it a go. Do you just dab in some black paint or do you spray it then run it through the plainer?

-- Jay -

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#2 posted 12-24-2012 05:28 AM

I use a 1/16” bit for outline and a 1/4” from there on. I spray it with Marsh spray ink. After it’s dry i sand it off.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-24-2012 05:29 AM

Sounds good. Glad to learn something new. Adding this to the favorites. Thanks!

-- Jay -

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#4 posted 12-24-2012 05:42 AM

cool idea Monte

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 12-24-2012 06:28 AM

Always one more… I just got a last minute request from the good lady wife… a wine tilt with a cat engraving…doing it right now…lucky it is a simple one… and not a tumbling blocks board…lol

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 12-24-2012 10:44 AM

Very nice… Those should be a big hit at your next show. A fine addition to any guys “man cave”.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#7 posted 12-24-2012 12:02 PM

Really nice Santa/Monte. Like Stumpy would say, “git yerself a cold one, cuz you earned it”

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 12-24-2012 12:54 PM

great work and a beautiful carving.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#9 posted 12-24-2012 03:01 PM

Very nice Monte! Very nice!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#10 posted 12-24-2012 10:22 PM

Outstanding bow rack…really like the arrow holder idea…will keep this in mind….Thanks…Bob

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#11 posted 12-24-2012 10:44 PM

Very nicely done. I like your elk silhouette.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#12 posted 12-25-2012 02:17 AM

Well done!

Don’t you love the stress of last minute?

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#13 posted 12-25-2012 02:39 AM

That is a very cool addition to any man cave. The elk is amazing! Did you buy a template to route that? That is very intricate. Of all the things you’ve done this is one of my favorites. It sure doesn’t look like a last minute hurry up job! I’ll bet those become a best seller for you.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 12-25-2012 04:51 AM

great work monte as always!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#15 posted 03-05-2013 01:34 AM

Like it! You just gave me ideas! I guess I ‘ll have to look up what a palm router is. I used a dremel tool with a carving bit for my last project and it worked out pretty good.

-- Janice

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