baby mobile

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Project by jamsomito posted 03-22-2018 01:48 AM 856 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Before I start, I had some help from some lumberjocks during this project, much thanks. Thread here:

My sister-in-law asked if I could make this mobile she found on etsy for her to give to a friend at their baby shower. She would handle the string and sewing little stuffed animals to hang from it. I had just finished the Steve Ramsey razor holder project which was essentially the same thing – a basic bent lamination – just a bit smaller. Thought it sounded fun, so I found some scraps, whipped up a bigger clamping form, resawed some oak I had from an old entertainment center I got for free and broke down myself, glued it up, sanded, finished, and viola! Took about 8 hours LOL. I’m always underestimating how long things take.

Form was from some scrap plywood. It’s about 15 inches in diameter if I recall, it was as big as my scrap would allow.

I lined the inside edges of the form with blue painters tape so I wouldn’t glue the work piece to the form.

I don’t have any pictures of my oak resaws, but they were between 1/16 and 1/8 thick after sanding down the saw marks on both sides. Each bend took 3 pieces.

Gluing these up was so stressful it was comical. The pieces slipped several times and flung glue in my face, I was up to my elbows. But eventually I got it. My form got a little thin on the edges so I added a lateral clamp as well to make sure it didn’t break. I used Titebond 2 since it’s what I had laying around. I was initially a little worried about springback, but I had maybe 1/8” over the whole 15” radius after I took it out of the clamps. I don’t have it on-hand to check long-term stability, unfortunately. But, the shape isn’t critical – it’s a baby mobile.

It was a little tough getting it out of the form… had to beat on it a bit, but eventually it came loose.

Both came out nearly identically

I scraped off most of the glue with a paint scraper. Then it was lots of sanding. This took for-ev-er, mostly because of the glue. But in the end they came out nice. After sanding, I drilled a 1/8” hole on the ends of each piece and they were ready for finish.

Finished with 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal satin.

C&C welcome. Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 03-22-2018 02:08 AM

you done real good on these bent lamination …..GREAT JOB :<))

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

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#2 posted 03-22-2018 03:16 AM

Nicely done and looks good for your first bent laminations!
I am sure the baby will love it and, there is no better way to share love than to offer help!

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

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#3 posted 03-22-2018 07:25 PM

This is a very creative piece and nicely done.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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