Ladybugs for my Granddaughters

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Project by AJ1104 posted 04-15-2018 12:58 AM 1781 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was looking for something for my two granddaughters and came across this project from Sheila Landry’s post. You can see that here: I loved the idea and purchased her plan off her site.

I don’t have a scroll saw so I setup my bandsaw with a 1/4” blade. First, I drilled all of the tight corners with a Forster bit but due to the small size. There was still plenty of nook and cranny sanding(oh joy). The hard maple finished up with that very solid feel.

My wife had a great idea to wrap them up individually in their Easter baskets. It was a big hit!
Needless to say, it was fun to make these little guys and Sheila’s plans were well written and very easy to follow.

Thanks for looking! AJ

-- AJ

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#1 posted 04-15-2018 01:29 AM

A very well thought out and executed project. It will be treasured for many years too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 04-15-2018 11:54 AM

Very cute! Such nice gifts.

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#3 posted 04-15-2018 11:56 AM

these are adorable and I will have to put on my list of future toys to make for my grand baby! Great job!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#4 posted 04-15-2018 12:30 PM

I like this project, wondered why so many and then when I went further, a number toy for developing brains.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 04-15-2018 02:35 PM

Very nice job on these

-- Retired and lovin it

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#6 posted 04-15-2018 10:35 PM

Hi, Thanks for your nice comments. Kim- Yes, I thought the same thing the first time I saw Sheila’s post! They are very beautiful. I followed her plan and painted them in these cheerful colors.

I would like to mention that those paints are water-base and thus they raised the grain. I had to sand with 220 between the first two coats. Then I finished them with a light coat of Renaissance wax. Otherwise the dowels did not slide as easily as expected.

Bushmaster- I should have made the puzzle-counting part more obvious in the description. I feel that those features are what makes these so unique. Also, besides what you see here, I made two sets, one for each of my granddaughters.

Thanks again for your comments!

-- AJ

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#7 posted 04-16-2018 05:19 AM

They are so adorable! Quite intersting and educational process.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 10-26-2018 01:07 PM

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