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Carved birch mouse #1: Introduction and rough outlines

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 06-16-2021 09:06 PM 1016 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last night while I was waiting for the house to cool off, I read the two-part series on carving a mouse at Tools For Working Wood. It was pretty good, so I took a couple screen-shots and when I had a few minutes today, I got started.

First, I roughed out the mouse from a piece of birch on the bandsaw. Very 2D, and about 3/4 inch thick.

Next, I used a rasp to quickly remove he bandsaw burns (I was using a 3/4” 3tpi resaw blade, not the best for cutting fine details)

Then I drew lines about 3/16 from the edges for my first cuts. I also sketched in the mouse’s nose.

Some cutting with the knife around his back and bottom. I realized after I did this that I cut off the wood that might be his feet, so this mouse won’t be doing any running around. Instead he’ll probably be smooth and cuddly.

Then it was time to start on his nose. No whiskers on this guy. It’s my first mouse, and he’ll be simple.

And time to begin separating his ears.

That’s it for today. About an hour’s work, including writing it up and cleaning up the bandsaw. I hope to have more soon.

If you want to skip ahead and read Yoav’s second blog, here it is. I’m not sure what I’ll do for my mouse’s tail. We’ll see what I find around the shop.

-- Dave - Santa Fe



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Oldtool

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#1 posted 06-16-2021 09:24 PM

Nice way to kill an hour, and sharpen your skills at the same time.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 06-16-2021 10:47 PM

Very clever carving Dave, but those little critters aren’t too welcome in country New South Wales at present as their is and has been a mouse plague for months. One farmers wife on the radio yesterday said they were catching 2000 a day in a 44 gallon drum with little reduction of the quantity of them. It’s been heartbreaking for farmers who last year had their first good season in over 5 years of drought.
Sorry but mice are on the nose at present over here.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#3 posted 06-16-2021 11:47 PM

A little twig for the tail and black paint brush bristles for the whiskers.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#4 posted 06-17-2021 12:49 AM

Looks like your spreading your wings Dave, looking good.

-- Eric, building the dream

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 06-17-2021 01:28 AM

Thanks, Tom! I’ve discovered I need to grind a different shaped tip on one of my knives for some of the detail work, so there’s learning, too,

Thanks, Peter. We fight rodents here too, but I think wooden ones are safe.

Duck, I found a piece of old leather bootlace i was going to use for the tail, but I like the paint brush whiskers. Thanks!

Thanks, Eric. Learning new stuff.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 06-17-2021 02:20 AM

It’s starting to look lie a mouse Dave. Maybe your next project can be a trap to set him in. Might make a good conversation piece.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Dave Polaschek

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#7 posted 06-17-2021 02:40 AM

I like that idea, Dave. Old-school Victor trap, or new style live trap that he can sit in and think about what he’s done?

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 06-17-2021 12:50 PM

Sit in and think about what he’s done

I like that Dave, made me laugh.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Dave Polaschek

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#9 posted 06-17-2021 01:03 PM

;-)

Glad I gave you a laugh, Dave!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 06-17-2021 02:11 PM

thank you for this as this is put on my list he will be cute when finished :<))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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Dave Polaschek

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#11 posted 06-17-2021 02:48 PM

You’re welcome Tony! Thought about you when I started this one. Hoped you would follow along.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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