Mother's Day Gifts

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Project by KimAccurso posted 05-27-2018 10:17 PM 1207 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My plan for Mother’s Day was to make one of BoxGuy’s 5 sided boxes. but my plan was interrupted after I sent my mom a link to Steve Uren’s website telling her how much I had admired his work for a long time and upon chance got to meet him at a local art fair. I got to talk to him for a while and he told me that if I wanted to try to duplicate something he had made for myself or a family member, by all means, do it. I told my mom that, too. This is what she asked for for Mother’s Day. I took her and my Grandpa up to the local hardwoods store and let her choose her woods. As she chose Tiger Maple and Purpleheart I thought, “cool!” and as I got home and thought about how I was going to cut the shapes, I cringed at the thought of my old jigsaw cutting through that dense wood – even WITH a new blade!

But I did it. Took a while and got a sore shoulder out of the deal but I did it. LOL

I had fairly wide boards to work with so I routed through for the shelf pieces with the router first then cut out the patterns which I just drew on to the wood (used a long dowel for the arched sides and just played with the squiggle at the bottom of the Tiger Maple piece) Then sanded and sanded and sanded, rounded over with the router. For the Tiger Maple in the center of the purple heart piece, I used a pattern and routed with a guide bushing through the depths (board was 3/4”), cut on the bandsaw then cleaned up with a flush trim bit, glued up in 2 stages. Then each side has 2 biscuits joining it to the purple heart. My only screw up was that I had wanted those 3 pieces to be flush but I got carried away rounding over edges (oops). Thankfully I was happy with the way it ended up looking. The little shelf pieces are .5”, each have 1.5” holes drilled around which I put adhesive rubber strips. This will hold the bud vases we picked up at Hobby Lobby (one was broke – I will find another one) The rubber strips hold that bud vase perfectly in place and we found nice little greenery at Hobby Lobby too.

The clock was a piece of cake, really (after the shoulder ache from the jigsaw (HA)). I had the clock parts but they were brass. I got a rattle can primer & paint in one aluminum and painted all the little pieces. The only issue was finding the right center point for the clock hole. Kinda wish I had longer pieces for the hour and minute hands but this was what I had on hand (no pun intended).

I added a 1” dowel piece on the lower back of each to account for the space the hangers take up so they would hang level vertical with the wall. Sawtooth on the back of the shelf and the clock mechanism on the clock of course.

I sanded each up to 220, random orbit then by hand. I had planed the purple heart and you know how you can get down to the brown wood and I did but I used 2 coats of Danish Oil and it helped darken it back up. I was happy with the finished product and I know it will darken with age which I like. I used the Danish Oil on the Tiger Maple also, 2 coats. The finished with 4 coats of satin wipe on poly.

Just hung them up today, mom knowing Mother’s Day would be late! She loved them and that’s the important thing. Fairly simple project, all in all, and not near the quality of Steve Uren’s work, I’m sure. However, I never would have thought to try to create this had it not been that chance meeting, which I am grateful for, and me sending Mom that link. Ok, I’m kinda sappy and sentimental like that!

Sorry for the lengthy story on this and Thank you for looking and have a great Memorial Day!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#1 posted 05-28-2018 03:23 AM

Nice wall art, bit of mcm whimsy.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 05-28-2018 11:59 AM

they look good. well done

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#3 posted 05-28-2018 01:48 PM

These are all very nice designs and will make wonderful gifts.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 05-28-2018 02:36 PM

you need to get you a bandsaw Kim …….. not fun working in pain … you did a wonderful job on these home décor art projects … simply wonderful gifts ….. GREAT JOB :<)))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#5 posted 05-29-2018 12:04 PM

Great work as always. the contrast of the two woods looks awesome!

-- Tom, May your safety glasses never fog,

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#6 posted 05-29-2018 12:10 PM

you need to get you a bandsaw Kim …….. not fun working in pain … you did a wonderful job on these home décor art projects … simply wonderful gifts ….. GREAT JOB :<)))


Thanks for the compliments! And Tony, I do have a bandsaw but it is an old Delta 9” that needs new bearings and would surely burn up completely if I tried to cut all that 3/4 maple and purple heart – not to mention the length of those boards would be quite a challenge on the tiny table it has – otherwise that would have been my choice of cutting methods for this project. At least I got my workout in that day – ha!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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