Advent Calendars

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Project by stretchBrian posted 12-04-2019 01:52 PM 343 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made two of these Advent calendars for my grandchildren.

The most difficult part was making the drawers. I used the “Jelly roll” technique but I was not entirely happy with it as it was very difficult to get the depth of the miniature drawers the same. ( I included a picture of the drawer “roll” before it is cut up).

If anyone knows a better/efficient technique for making many tiny boxes/drawers out thin plywood 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch please share!!
I made the Christmas tree out of Baltic Birch plywood and the drawers out of pine and hardboard. each row on the tree was made as a sub assembly and then glued one on top of each other, then enclosed by a triangle and backing glued on to it. Lots of glue ups, (the triangle is not perfect, but looks fine to the eye).

I used latex paint to finish the carcass, and acrylic craft paints to make the coloured drawer fronts. The tiny drawer pulls were made with “wooden beads” from the dollar store with toothpicks glued in them used as dowels and then glued into the drawer faces.

I added some Christmas embellishments and battery operated lights from the dollar store.

Merry Christmas !!

-- Brian

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#1 posted 12-04-2019 04:41 PM

Super cool! Nope, I don’t have any better ideas for working with small parts like that…

-- Pete

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#2 posted 12-07-2019 07:12 AM

That is very special…
Able to be reused too….TOP JOB SIR!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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