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Carved birch mouse #5: Sanding & oil

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 06-20-2021 06:21 PM 472 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I decided today I was (almost) done with the knives. I used the slöjd knife to take a thin 1/32” from the inside of the ears, but that was it.

Then I sanded with 60 grit, 120 grit, and 180 grit. Followed that with a dunk in the mix of mineral spirits and tung oil.

As is typical at this point, I see a few spots where I should have sanded more with the 60 grit, but I’m not sure if I’ll go back and do that or not. I do know I’m done for today. That decision will be made tomorrow, after the oil has had a chance to cure a bit.

-- Dave - Santa Fe



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robscastle

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#1 posted 06-20-2021 06:31 PM

Nice work Dave,

You may wish to make another 2….and,
then the 3 blind mice nursery rhyme can kick in!

Or you could add some flocking a fabric tail and eyes chuckle chuckle!

-- Regards Rob

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 06-20-2021 08:29 PM

Agreed, Rob. I’ll probably make a few, since I never seem to be happy with the first one, so more have to follow.

Probably a leather bootlace for a tail. Whiskers from an old paint brush. Haven’t figured out the eyes yet, but I might just paint some black dots. We’ll see.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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splintergroup

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#3 posted 06-20-2021 08:45 PM

Well done Dave!

Though lacking excruciating detail, this is the essence of a mouse, just as with your birbs.

Make seven more and hitch them up to a pumpkin for Halloween.

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 06-20-2021 09:09 PM

Ooh, there’s an idea, Splint! We’ll see how many I end up cranking out before I decide to carve something else.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 06-20-2021 09:13 PM

Your mouse is looking pretty high class.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#6 posted 06-20-2021 09:23 PM

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#7 posted 06-20-2021 10:48 PM

Looking good Dave, before long you will have a house full. It looks about the size of your birbs, comfort rubbing in the hand. Great job.

-- Eric, building the dream

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crowie

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#8 posted 06-21-2021 12:49 AM

Looking very good sir, especially the ears which have come out superbly

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

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Oldtool

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#9 posted 06-21-2021 01:51 AM

Mouse came out looking pretty good.

-- "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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#10 posted 06-21-2021 02:44 AM

That’s mighty fine work Dave. I think he’s ready for some cheese.

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#11 posted 06-21-2021 03:14 AM

Thanks, Earl!

Yegads, Rob!

Thanks, Eric. Maybe a little smaller than the birbs. A little smaller than life-size, too.

Thanks, Peter!

Thanks, Tom!

I figure he needs his whiskers and tail first, Dave. But soon!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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