this is what happens when you ask a woodworker to make something simple

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Project by Splitblade posted 09-07-2015 01:11 AM 1957 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

latest carving I just finished for my sister in law, she asked me to make something that can go on her wall to be used as a door bumper since there was already a hole in the wall where the doorknob was hitting. Since my sister in law owns a few snakes and I believe still breeds them (if not she did for a while) I decided a coiled snake around a rock, rock being the bumper sounded like a good idea. so back to the firewood pile to slice up a piece of almond for the snake, used some left over walnut for the base and wanted to try adding some texture using the sander (so it looks like the snake caused ripples in the dirt, but I wanted to try this for sculpted boxes). Lastly I cut out the eye and replaced it with a leftover cut off of ebony, and cut a rubber mallet in half for the rubber.
I had a hard time figuring out how to mount it with out her kids being able to bump it off the wall, either keyholes, sliding dovetail with screw on side, adding buttons to the front, etc. fortunately, in my confusion on how to work out this solution, my wife reminded me, its a door bumper, don’t worry about it, so screws it was. probably the most stable and quickest solution and they don’t look as bad as I was concerned about (they are sitting a little proud in these picks due to allowing oil to cure, they have a slight recess to sit in), gotta give my thanks to her bringing me back down from perfection to reality :D.

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#1 posted 09-07-2015 02:05 AM

Nice and inventive , but the screw heads really distract.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#2 posted 09-07-2015 02:51 AM

Nice carving but, I have to agree with the screw heads.
Have you considered using the 3M Command adhesive strips? I have used them all over the house because I hate to fill nail holes. These things stick like glue and yet release with a pull on the tab without any residue.

They are available in hardware stores or even Amazon.

3M picture hanging strips

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#3 posted 09-07-2015 02:54 AM

Holy cow! Screw heads or not that is a master piece and I hate snakes.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 09-07-2015 03:06 AM

the adhesive tape was one option we considered, I didn’t think it would hold up to a 2 and 5 year old pulling and hanging on it and didn’t know if constant banging would loosen it up, but thank you for the suggestion and I am game for any other suggestions for when I encounter this next time

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#5 posted 09-07-2015 03:45 AM

Very creative solution to a simple item. You not only created a door stop, but a great talking point.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#6 posted 09-07-2015 03:55 AM

By the way, I forgot to mention and the words of Indiana Jones, ”snakes, why does it always have to be snakes, I hate snakes”!

The 3M Command strips will hold as long as the screws do, honestly!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#7 posted 09-07-2015 09:03 AM

I know that filling. Incredible carving, looks so realistic.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 09-07-2015 11:33 AM

Beautiful carving job. That will make some one think when closing the door!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Eli Adamit

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#9 posted 09-07-2015 02:44 PM

Nice idea, tailor made for the customer and very nice result.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#10 posted 09-07-2015 05:33 PM

wow ! That is pretty incredible !

What… CNC !

Very nice !

Did I say… !

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#11 posted 09-07-2015 08:44 PM

That is nice, but if she was my sister in law, she wouldn’t have to worry about me visiting.

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