Holiday Gifts

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Blog series by Sioranth updated 01-02-2016 12:40 AM 5 parts 4978 reads 2 comments total

Part 1: Inspiration and Ideas

10-29-2015 12:28 PM by Sioranth | 2 comments »

I inadvertently have found myself in a position where there is an expectation of woodworking gifts for the holidays this year. I guess that’s what I get for posting all my little projects on Facebook where my family can see them. So, for my father I am going to be making a six-pack beer tote out of mahogany and quarter sawn sycamore. I’m hoping it looks as good as I envision it will when it’s finished. It’s going to have rare earth magnets for catching the bottle ca...

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Part 2: Reindeer Fail

12-07-2015 10:09 PM by Sioranth | 0 comments »

So, after several weeks of trying to make SLD’s Rocking Reindeer, I have given up on them entirely. Everything was going fine right up until gluing on the legs and rockers. I finally decided I was going to use toothpicks to stabilize the legs just like the antlers (after repeatedly having to glue the legs back on every time I touched them). I never did manage to get two rockers on a reindeer because the contact points are so small I just couldn’t get them to stay glued, even when ...

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Part 3: Reindeer Reborn

12-12-2015 01:27 PM by Sioranth | 0 comments »

So, after taking some time to get over my hissy fit about the rocking reindeer, I once again approached them – this time with a tube of E6000. I carefully glued all the broken bits back together and then proceeded with FINALLY attaching the rockers to the legs. This time everything stayed together (thank you epoxy!). I’ve had them sitting on a shelf for a few days now to let the epoxy cure, and I’m going to, with some trepidation, to take them back to the shop today to tr...

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Part 4: Not This Year

12-26-2015 06:47 PM by Sioranth | 0 comments »

Unfortunately, I didn’t get the holiday gifts for my parents done in time. They just kept breaking every time I touched them. My dad’s six-pack holder was probably more glue than wood at this point. Maybe next year.

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Part 5: So Glad...

01-02-2016 12:40 AM by Sioranth | 0 comments »

...To be done with these planned gifts. I believe I must have been cursed from the beginning as I’ve never had such a horrid time trying to make something. I had to completely scrap my father’s first six-pack holder and make an entirely new one (after several childish hissy fits on my part). My mother’s gift was still being glued back together tonight, so it just needs to hold until tomorrow then they will be in their possession. Sheer stubbornness is the only reason thes...

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