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A day in the shop #1: Thinking of new designs

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Now that my Epic Project of Epicness has been completed, it is time to focus on things of a more every day nature. I decided to start a blog just for it, since people seem to like what happens in my not-so-typical workshop. :)

I have three main veins of projects underway presently:

1. Christmas!
2. Normal Products
3. Magnets

I’ll start with the magnets. I am taking the massive quantities of maple that I have and turning them into a bunch of magnets. They are little blocks roughly 2” square that I carve with whatever design feels fun that day. You can see examples in my store. —It’s pretty easy and a great fundraiser. I’m also doing a bunch of them for the Etsy crowd, with more feminine designs such as a series of flowers, trees, stars, hearts, etc. I’m also doing a bunch of alphabets- it’ll be cool. People love them, and they’re very easy to do, so everybody wins.

If you have any suggestions for things you’d like to see on a magnet let me know! :) If I like your idea I’ll send you a magnet with that idea on it.. ;)

The next category up is, since we’re working backwards on my list, “Normal Products”. I do a lot of engraved wall hangings. Sometimes these are just art (like a nameplate, or just a picture, kind of like hanging up a woodcut) and sometimes they are more functional. I make a lot of clocks- and people love my clocks! I also like making keychain holders. So I’ve been researching ideas for designs.

I want to get into making picture frames but they have me nervous. Jointery is not my finest point and I’m trying to come up with some designs that would look good. I want to engrave the frames, but also mitre the edges so they look clean. Not sure how to go about this unless I stick to engraving just towards the middle. Any ideas? Or suggestions on different joints too I suppose.

I’m also thinking of doing some stand-up crosses. I think they could look really pretty.

I decided to have a colour scheme that I will be sticking to for this “season”, which is going to be: Natural (wood), Red, Pink, Teal and Gunmetal. Things will be some combination of those, usually with just one colour accent but occasionally two.

And last- CHRISTMAS. I’m already fretting because I’m behind schedule on this one but oh well, I’ll just start busting out ideas. :) I have basic designs in place for: Some little trees (think table-top), ornaments, a wreath, candle-stick holder, advent calendar and door sign. What other things would make sense for Christmas? I’m drawing some blanks.

I’m still messing around with the colour scheme for Christmas but I’m actually considering staying towards my “main” colour scheme and lean with the red and teal. I prefer something more modern rather than the more traditional colours and my work is extremely modern anyway.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt



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Wood_smith

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#1 posted 940 days ago

Awesome magnet idea, Lis. As an NMR technician in my real job (you know- the one that lets you buy tools for woodworking!), I’m a big magnet fan.
Good luck with the sales!

-- Lloyd Kerry; creator of the Kerry-All Pouch, http://www.kerrywoodworking.com

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nailbanger2

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#2 posted 940 days ago

How about a four leaf clover for St. Patty’s Day? Trans tint dyes could make them look cool. Or even water based ones, like tie dye stuff. I can’t think of the name of the brand. Knottscott used them for a guitar, I’ll search for it.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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tyskkvinna

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#3 posted 940 days ago

Now that’s thinking ahead! :) I love it.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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nailbanger2

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#4 posted 940 days ago

Rit dyes! Here’s the start of his blog http://lumberjocks.com/knotscott/blog/17499

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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rance

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#5 posted 940 days ago

Good ideas with the mags. Are those all CNC cut images?

I like these banks too. In fact I like Lots of things.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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tyskkvinna

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#6 posted 940 days ago

Rit! I’ve been messing around with Rit and my vacuum chamber because Rit is cheap. He did some gorgeous work there.. wow! I am inspired. :)

Rance- they sure are. The bulk of my work is CNC. There’s certainly something to be said about doing things by hand, but the purpose of (most of) my woodworking is for profit- I can crank little things out all day long and still work on other things while they cut.

I hadn’t thought of banks! What an amazing idea!!! I am totally going to be pondering how to make my own design of those!

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 940 days ago

Do the magnets sell well?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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tyskkvinna

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#8 posted 940 days ago

They sell really well! :)

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 939 days ago

Hi Liz, how about a Kokopelli magnet for the folks in the southwest! We made standing ones out of 1/2” plywood and sold them around the RV park for two weeks and sold out!
On second thought the Kokopelli ones would probably sell better to people with regular houses. RV’s have plastic or aluminum refrigerators!
..........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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Rustic

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#10 posted 934 days ago

Hey Moose I will help you with the picture frames. I have made one see you on Monday

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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rance

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#11 posted 933 days ago

How big are your pieces of wood? Some of those look pretty darned small. Different images could be used to signify what they are holding up on the fridge. My suggestions for things on your magnets:

  • A Pacifier
  • A Desk Phone (the old rotary kind, or the really ancient wall crank kind)
  • A Flip Cell Phone
  • A Soup Can/String Phone
  • “SCHOOL”
  • “DINNER”
  • “WORK”
  • “PLAY”
  • “HAPPY”
  • “JOY”
  • “LOVE”
  • “SKINNY”
  • “FAT”
  • “SHORT”
  • “TALL”
  • A Hand Saw
  • A Hand Plane (#5 Jack of course)
  • A Jack In The Box
  • Happy/Sad Theatre Masks
  • A STOP sign
  • A Yield sign
  • A Signal Light
  • Arrows (Icons, NOT bow and arrow)
  • A Gear shift Knob (with H pattern on it)
  • A Tire
  • A Swing set
  • A Hamburger
  • An Ice Cream Cone
  • A Soft Drink
  • A Banana
  • An Apple
  • A Pear
  • A Hot Dog
  • A Bandsaw
  • A Snare Drum
  • A Hammer
  • A Light Bulb
  • A Window w/curtains draped back
  • A Laptop
  • An Eye
  • An Ear
  • A Nose
  • Lips
  • A Hand
  • Glasses
  • A Shoe (Bless you)
  • A Key
  • A Rocking Chair
  • A Car
  • A Steering Wheel
  • A 1950’s Truck
  • A Semi Tractor Trailer Rig
  • A Farm Tractor
  • A Bus
  • A Motorcycle
  • A Hot Air Balloon
  • A Speed Boat
  • A Sailboat
  • An Airplane
  • A Parachute
  • A Pair of Keats
  • A Clothes Hanger
  • An Airplane Hanger
  • A Cliff Hanger(just kidding)
  • A House with a chimney
  • A Lighthouse
  • A Girl’s face
  • A Boy’s face
  • A Witch’s face
  • A Witch’s Broom (quick, now hide it)
  • Stick figures (A Man, A Woman)
  • A Snowman
  • A Snow Flake
  • A Picnic Table
  • A Clock
  • A TV
  • A Book
  • A Chair
  • A School Desk
  • A Church Cross
  • A Red Cross
  • Three Crosses
  • A Bible
  • A Mountain
  • A Valley
  • A Plateau(sp?)
  • A Suspention Bridge
  • A Pine Tree
  • An Oak Tree
  • A Poison Ivy Leaf
  • A Maple Leaf
  • An Oak Leaf
  • A Pine Cone
  • A traffic Cone
  • A Daisey
  • A Rose
  • A 3 Leaf Clover
  • A 4 Leaf Clover
  • A Leprechaun
  • An Ex-Con
  • A Racoon’s Face
  • A Tin Man’s head
  • A Butt Head
  • A Scare Crow
  • Lions Tigers and Bears (Oh my)
  • A Bee Hive
  • A Bee
  • A Fly
  • A Grasshopper
  • A Spider
  • A Helicopter
  • A Hang Glider
  • A Kite
  • A Wine Glass
  • A Piece of Cheese(Swiss, or course)
  • A Piece of Cake
  • A Peace of Mind(that comes with woodworking)
  • A Horse
  • A White Mouse
  • A Computer Mouse
  • A Pig
  • A Dog
  • A Cat (On second though, no catz)
  • A Giraffe
  • An Elephant
  • A Monkey
  • A… (you get the idea on the animals. I don’t need to name them ALL)
  • And lets not forget a Wile E. Coyote :)
  • An iWood
  • A witch’s Hat
  • A Cowboy Hat
  • A Baseball Cap
  • A baseball
  • A Football
  • A Basketball
  • A Tennis Racket
  • Other kinds of Racket(just kidding again)
  • A Shirt
  • A Neck Tie
  • A Mai Tai
  • A Root Beer Mug
  • An Egg (Over easy)

It looks like you are using a ‘V’ bit or a flat bottom ‘V’ bit. If I have a line drawing in a jpg file, do you have any suggestions on how to get to g-code if I don’t have any of the high dollar s/w like V-Carve? TIA for any suggestions.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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tyskkvinna

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#12 posted 933 days ago

They’re about 1.5” square. The best designs are those that are fairly simple, but obvious. Graphic button-style images work the best as you could probably tell from the sample pictures.

I’ll admit I don’t know the answer to your question- I use Aspire (V-Carve) myself. If you ever want to use the VCarve trial to make a file and send it over to me I’d be happy to send you some Gcode every once in a while.. :) It’s fun to play with.

I do all of my cutting of this nature with a V-bit. Usually a 100-degree bit. To be specific, I use these cutters. I can’t recommend them enough. Seriously. You see how much cutting I do on a regular basis- a ridiculous amount- I’ve had these for about 2 years and they cut just as good as the day I got them.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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