napkin holder

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Project by woodbutcher posted 09-21-2010 06:27 PM 4122 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every now and then, I just have to follow some one elses instructions and plans. While thier way of doing things is probably most correct, I can always find, immeadiately the things , I felt they ommitted in writing the steps of the project. For instance , they should have stated in the first paragraph. If you are not proficient in glue ups and have completed at least class #109 in glue ups, do not attempt this project-LOL. It was a real pain in the posterior end, trying to keep everything square and clamped during this glue up for me. The article was from one of the wood magazines I recieve. The woods were some Lyptus and White Oak that I had laying around in the shop. I made patterns for all the pieces during the build out of 1/4” baltic birch plywood so that I can easily reproduce in mass each piece again in the future, when needed. I doubt that those patterns will ever be used again-LOL. The finsh is an old stand by, 1/3MS,1/3Tung Oil,1/3Poly. It does however precisely and dutifully hold napkins.

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#1 posted 09-21-2010 07:07 PM

It does look really nice. We have all done projects that are quite a bit more difficult than we originally anticipated. I give you lots of credit for finishing it and making it look nice! Well-written instructions are a valuable tool that many designers forget when presenting a project. I have had many painting books and patterns that left me out in left field as far as teaching and the best part about them is I made the finished project look like it should in spite of them! I actually learned a lot when doing them and it helped me to be a better painter. The same is true for woodworking. Look at it as taking a class. Now you are ready for the glue-up #110 class!

I really like it and think it looks great!

Sheila :D

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 09-21-2010 07:13 PM

I like it and maybe can persuade Bill to make one for me. We always disagree on how much glue is too much!

-- Karen and Bill

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#3 posted 09-21-2010 07:19 PM

Kudos, indeed. Looks like a fun little project.

-- GX

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#4 posted 09-21-2010 07:22 PM

Ken, this really looks nice…. I assure you it was well worth your effort.

Having said that….

I took one look at the first photo and thought “Man, that looks like an awful lot of work for a napkin holder!” :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 09-21-2010 08:45 PM

scrollgirl-Ty for the kind words, you are exactly right-it was like taking a class-that I had not planned on attending-LOL! aero-good luck in getting the other half inspired to tackle this! I don’t know which one of you believes in “A Little Dab Will Do You”-but they get my vote on this project!-GabrielX-TY that was my initial impression as well, until I got started-Oh well, maybe choosing to make reusable patterns added too much to the job!-CharlieM1958-yOUR FIRST IMPRESSION WAS ENTIRELY correct. I must dubiously concur with your observation-that it was worth the effort. Thanks all for taking the time to comment.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#6 posted 09-21-2010 09:18 PM

I simply couldn’t resist this-I posted one more pic-just for you. You do recognize this very popular style paper napkin-don’t you? It is manufactured by the wood giant Georgia Pacific and is named the “Mardi Gras” style. Warnings on the package include-”not to be used in the presence of Jambayla with crawfish included”! They suggest that you replace the paper ones with a more sturdy cloth variety!

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#7 posted 09-22-2010 02:00 AM

Cool project, i like it very much and hope i can make one in the near future.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#8 posted 09-22-2010 02:27 PM

Neat design, looks nice, functional, and provided some lessons and vocabulary exercise – who could ask for more?

-- 4thumbs in MO

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