Shop update #110 (12-4-19)
I had a 4 day weekend off from work for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Thursday was spent with Family and Saturday was spent with friends. On Friday and Sunday, I totally designed and built a new project!
I found a picture of a small reindeer planter box on the FaceBook marketplace and decided to make something similar but larger.
I designed the basic crate with legs on the computer but I had no idea how to draw the head digitally so I made a prototype out of cardboard. My wife, son, and I took turns drawing a head and neck on some 11×17 paper and held them up to the prototype until we drew one that we liked. I cut them out of paper and then transferred them to some cardboard.
The next step was to break down a 6 foot 1 x 10 pine board and cut out all the requisite shapes with a jigsaw.
I then assembled all the pieces to make sure that it looked OK. I initially made it with 2 slats on the sides but did not like the proportions, so I added one more slat to give it some girth.
I broke all the pieces down and gave them a 1/4″ round over on the router table.
I gave everything a good sanding and then a coat of golden oak stain.
Once the stain dried enough for me to handle them, I assembled the reindeer again and was quite happy with the results. I am going to let it finish drying during the week and then give it a few coats of spray lacquer once it warms up a little this weekend.
I am working on the plans now and hope to have them posted on my website by the end of the week. I also plan to have a video edited and published shortly thereafter.