I thought I did pretty well yesterday. Besides getting a lot of little things done, I made pretty good progress on my new sleigh. I found a really nice piece of cherry to cut the main part of the sleigh, and I am going to use walnut for the runners. I think that the contrast will look good.
By the time I finished all the drawing up and got everything prepped for cutting and did all my errands, it was later in the afternoon. Sometimes just 'every day stuff' takes a little time to complete. But that was OK, as I wanted the day to be productive and relaxing, and I feel it was on both accounts.
I cut the sleigh sides, and the bed, and here are my results:
The most important things was to get the angles of the sleigh bed correct, and I did accomplish that. This piece will be pretty easy to put together, which is what I wanted. I didn't want to make this into an advanced level project at all. The holly and swirl pattern is done randomly, and I like that. I am never really good at "random" as I always wind up doing "repeat random" (like wallpaper) but I think this is one of my better efforts. It is hard to believe, but it is much more work for me to do this type of drawing than doing something precise.
The cutting itself was not hard. As I said above, it was really nice and relaxing. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the saw and have some thoughts about doing some more projects like this as well. But first I need to finish this. :)
After the first sanding, I was pleased. I still need to touch up a couple of the holes, but this is with no finish at all:
It will be fun to see it get finished up today. Then on to the remaining reindeer. :)
It is another beautiful day here in Nova Scotia. The weekend also is suppose to be great. I feel good today, seeing the progress that I made on this piece and can't wait to get it finished.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend as well.
Enjoy your Friday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"