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Blog entry by superdad posted 12-14-2010 07:31 PM 667 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I finally finished the doll cradles. I have both of them sanded and sitting in my basement waiting for painting. I have the day off tomorrow so I figure I’ll do it then when I have more time. I think they turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself.

Next is two bracelets. One for my wife and one for her mother. They are going to be cut from a pattern by Steve Good. You can find the pattern here They seem a bit tricky, but I want to give them a try. I’m mainly worried about drilling all the holes right. If I screw that up it could ruin the whole thing, so I’ve kinda been putting them off. But tomorrow for sure I will try the first one. I cut about 6 blanks for them, so I have a few tries at it.

I also have to start the gluing for my puzzles this week. Then I have to sew some pillows and mattresses for the cradles. So it’s still pretty busy over here. But I think I’ll take today off.

-- Another one of Santa's elves, only taller.

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#1 posted 12-15-2010 12:07 AM

I have made those bracelets, they are not as hard as they look. The drilling is important, do you have a drill press? If you do make a little fence/jig to keep the wood straight, it will help alot. What type of wood are you using? Number all of the pieces as you go, it helps keep them all together.
One thought I had to make them easier would be to use the router to round over the long edges of the blank before you cut all of the little pieces. It would save time shaping the finished links. I haven’t tried it yet, so I don’t know for sure it would actually work, But it may be an idea.


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#2 posted 12-15-2010 06:17 PM

Not a bad idea about the router. Too late for the first blank though. It’s already all taped up with the pattern glued to it, but maybe for the next one. I’ll see how hard the sanding and shaping is. I am going to use the drill press. Thanks for the fence idea. I’ll try that. Oh and I’m using black walnut. I have a piece of cocobolo as well, but I heard it was a pain to finish, so I’m not sure if I’ll use it.

-- Another one of Santa's elves, only taller.

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