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Project by Joe posted 12-07-2019 04:29 AM 466 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been making all sorts of projects out of wood for 12 years and never made a dime, except for the time we made a Bier for our local funeral home. I figured I’d be resting on it one day so why not.
My wife and son have recently have gotten into laser engraving and cutting on an Epalog Laser owned by our public library. They made Christmas Ornaments along with college boxes cut out of 1/4” Birch Plywood to sell tomorrow at a church craft fair. The booth space is inexpensive and they drawn fairly large crowds. Along with my wife sisters they plan to become overnight millionaires. They asked if I wanted to make something so I could get rich too. I spent many hours making two items but decided to stay poor and donated them to their cause. At my age I’d be to old to enjoy all that money anyway.
I made the snow men out of scraps and turned them on my lathe. I’m not to good at making the hats look right on their heads so I cut them off with my bandsaw, sanded the top of the head flat and reattached the hat with a dowel. Painted, Polyed, drilled, and covered all my mistakes with glitter. It took forever it seemed till they were done.
I turned the wand out of Cherry and sanded it to 3000 grit on the lathe, smooth as glass. Then used Renaissance Wax to protect and polish the wand. I used a wood-burner on the end to apply the initials HP. The base was made of scrap left over from a chess board I’m making.
I know this all sounds crazy but I have friends who pay for their tools and shop expenses doing Christmas Crafts Fairs starting around Thanksgiving up to the weekend before Christmas. They make a sizable amount of money. Hopefully my wife will become rich tomorrow and I can retire. Oh, I forget I’m already retired and love to play in my shop.
Thanks for Looking and Merry Christmas.
P.S. Sunday, December 8, 2019 – We are still poor. Very little sold. She’ll try again next year.

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#1 posted 12-07-2019 11:15 AM

They look fine.

It is still a cheaper hobby than golf; and we get to dress better too.

I have never had much success at the craft fair thing either.
Sometimes sell some things on C’list and the free web ad sites.

Seem to always give some away though.

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

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#2 posted 12-07-2019 12:19 PM

Cool stuff…those snowmans are so cute!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 12-07-2019 01:28 PM

Hey Joe that is some beautiful work. congratulations on the good work and the donation.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 12-07-2019 02:08 PM

Your crafts measured by pride not by dollars and you are already a millionaire. These came out fantastic. Good luck tomorrow!

-- AJ

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#5 posted 12-07-2019 04:04 PM

Love those snowmen! Very cute and I’m sure will be a hit at the craft fair.

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#6 posted 12-07-2019 04:29 PM

Those snowmen are Great.

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#7 posted 12-07-2019 11:05 PM

Great crafts pieces, I like the snow people the most. Hopefully all of you will be stinking rich. I can say I knew him before he hit it big. :-)

-- Think safe, be safe

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