The Rocking Alligator

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Blog series by BentheViking updated 08-08-2011 04:20 AM 4 parts 35101 reads 7 comments total

Part 1: Final Plans (Maybe?)

07-10-2011 01:38 AM by BentheViking | 0 comments »

So I was nearing the end of the end of my current project, and while waiting for finish to dry, I started to get the cut list ready for the Rocking Alligator. It is my first big project that I am making on my own (in a long time) and am glad I have taken so much time to plan it out. Just trying to come up with the cut list today, I noticed several dimensions that needed tweaking. Not sure when I am going to start, maybe go get my lumber next weekend? Looks like it will be made out of pine ...

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Part 2: Getting Wood

07-17-2011 12:11 AM by BentheViking | 2 comments »

So over the past few weeks I have been looking into trying to figure out what kind of wood I wanted. All I could really afford was pine. I looked at the box stores and as much as loved clear or select pine it was way too expensive. Even the whitewood pine was gonna be a bit pricey. So I figured I’d head down to the lumber yard and get a better choice there. I managed to get two 1×8x12s of relatively clear #2 Common pine and two 2×6x8 of relatively clear #3 Common spruce. I jus...

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Part 3: Construction Notes

08-01-2011 04:38 AM by BentheViking | 0 comments »

The main body of the alligator is a box. My problem has been that I don’t have a planer or joiner so making a box with tight joints is rather difficult. I sanded them out a little bit, but ended up having to make the joints a bit rough and then puttying them. Puttying has become a big theme on this project. I had originally wanted to make this project super perfect with tight joints and whatnot. My problem is that with my impending move, I am having to rush through things. It kind of...

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Part 4: Construction is almost done

08-08-2011 04:20 AM by BentheViking | 5 comments »

With our impending move pressuring the time frame on this project as well as my wife being out of town this weekend this was a big weekend in the shop trying to get as much as possible done. I can’t say at this point that I got all of the construction done like I had planned, but do have all the pieces made and sanded with primed. Tomorrow I am hopefully going to get the rest of the pieces attached to one another and then start the painting and staining. Not quite sure how that will ...

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