Moana Hook

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Project by CN1 posted 01-14-2019 01:02 PM 2053 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Moana Hook a little over a year ago. It was an attempt to win over my wife’s 4-year-old niece who (at that time) had been less than impressed with her new uncle.

I made it out of some scrap 1x pine I had laying around. I figured pine would keep it light and would be soft enough to not cause a lot of damage to furniture. Almost all the shaping was done with my Flexcut Whittlin’ Jack. It was surprisingly easy and almost relaxing, though admittedly slow. I used milk paint because I thought it would give it a nice texture. I also covered the markings with a high quality glow-in-the-dark paint that appears clear but glows very brightly and for a long time. The handle was wrapped with twine that had a soft feel to it (cotton maybe?) Overall I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out. If I was to do something like this again I would probably paint and apply a finish/sealant before carving the design. That way any overpaint from the darker color and glow paint can just be wiped off before it dries. Almost like antiquing or dry brushing (?). Not sure if those are the correct terms but the areas I had to touch-up went much easier because I could put the paint on thick and sloppy and just wipe off the excess with a damp cloth.

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#1 posted 01-14-2019 01:23 PM

Now that is freakin’ cool right there! Never seen a project of this likes before. Outstanding! My 4yo would love this, and secretly, I would too :D

-- I've quickly learned that being a woodworker isn't about making flawless work, rather it's fixing all the mistakes you made so that it appears flawless to others! Jay - FL

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#2 posted 01-15-2019 01:22 AM

Very cool project. I bet lots of kids would love one of these. Inquiring minds want to know…. did it help win over the niece? lol

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#3 posted 01-15-2019 02:41 AM

A very neat project in all aspects!

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

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#4 posted 01-19-2019 04:32 AM

Very cool project. I bet lots of kids would love one of these. Inquiring minds want to know…. did it help win over the niece? lol

- splinterpicker

I wouldn’t say it was a complete home run but it certainly got my foot in the door. :)

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