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Project by awsum55 posted 09-24-2020 07:18 PM 668 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The spider is made from oak and walnut and measures 27” wide, 16” front to back and 7” high. The legs are made with 3 different sizes of copper tubing and the joints are brass compression fittings. Then I aged the copper with a wipe on chemical patina. Glow powder was used for the design on the back end and the eyes. The idea was to let the sun charge the glow powder and then when the sun goes down you can still see the eyes and design. The design is too thin to see from more than 6’ away, but the eyes can be seen from a little further away. The front legs are movable so I can lift them up like a spider would do to protect itself.

I also used glow powder on my logo. I’m not sure why since it is never seen on the bottom, but I think it looks cool.

I used finish nails for the fangs, I sharpened them and then I let them rust so they would blend better with the wood.

I leave it in the flower beds or on the front porch near the door. Delivery drivers usually have a reaction when they first spot it. That gives me some satisfaction even though they only see it in the day time. It should be fun during Halloween, if we even have one this year.

-- John D, OP, KS





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Ivan

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#1 posted 09-24-2020 07:20 PM

Magnificant scaryy!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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hairy

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#2 posted 09-24-2020 07:32 PM

Way to go!!

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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MrWolfe

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#3 posted 09-24-2020 07:48 PM

Cool Spider!
Just in time for Halloween.
Jon

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Madmark2

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#4 posted 09-24-2020 07:56 PM

Looks way cool. I love the proportions and the glow goop!

I’d be afraid to leave it out as someone might do the “spider stomp” on it

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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pottz

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#5 posted 09-24-2020 08:16 PM

cool project john real nice work.my concern wouldn’t someone stomping on but someone stealing it !

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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awsum55

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#6 posted 09-24-2020 08:49 PM


Magnificant scaryy!
- Ivan

Thanks Ivan, when do you sleep? You post projects on a regular basis and yet you are one of the first to comment on others projects. I can’t keep up with all the LJ’s projects, if I miss a couple of days I have to go back 3-5 pages to catch up. You are a very busy guy. :-)


Way to go!!
- hairy

Thanks hairy. I’m working on a new project and came across this defect in the wood I am using. I promise I didn’t create this, it was nature made.

To me it looked like your avatar and I thought of you immediately. I didn’t alter this in any way, I guess I’m easily amused.


Looks way cool. I love the proportions and the glow goop!

I d be afraid to leave it out as someone might do the “spider stomp” on it
- Madmark2

Thank you Madmark2, they better not stomp my spider or I might have to stomp them!


cool project john real nice work.my concern wouldn t someone stomping on but someone stealing it !

- pottz


Thank you pottz. I thought of that, but if someone wants it that bad I’ll just make another one and it will be better next time.

-- John D, OP, KS

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#7 posted 09-24-2020 09:50 PM

That´s sooo bada$$. Are the teeth/mandibles bent nails? And you soldered the leg segments?

Could be a cool way to LEG a box someday…...............

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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bobasaurus

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#8 posted 09-24-2020 10:35 PM

Really clever, I love the glow powder.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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splintergroup

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#9 posted 09-24-2020 10:38 PM

Wow!

Totally awesome, Awsum!

I agree w/the comments about someone absconding (or worse) with your new buddy, he’s so cute! 8^)

I foresee plenty more yard art in your future, you need some “murder hornets” for his web, the lad needs to eat!

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hookfoot

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#10 posted 09-25-2020 12:12 AM

Beautiful. Walnut and aged copper make for a nice project.

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Eric

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#11 posted 09-25-2020 12:24 AM

Great project, it would nice in the garden. Probably freaks a few people out, and that in itself would be satification.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#12 posted 09-25-2020 02:36 AM

Cool fun. Nice attention to detail that makes it look so real.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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awsum55

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#13 posted 09-25-2020 07:53 PM

Thanks hookfoot, Eric and swirt, I appreciate it.


That´s sooo bada$$. Are the teeth/mandibles bent nails? And you soldered the leg segments?

Could be a cool way to LEG a box someday…...............

- wildwoodbybrianjohns

Yes, first I sharpened the nails, then I bent them and dropped them in water and let them rust. The legs were soldered together, but they didn’t fit inside each other correctly, so I used brass ferrels to fill the gaps.

You are always very creative Brian, so I’ll be watching for a future project with copper added.

-- John D, OP, KS

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Madmark2

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#14 posted 09-26-2020 03:01 AM

Hang a pulley from the eaves near the front door for Halloween. A little string and you can have her drop on cue. No-one will notice the black string, after all it is a spider! :)

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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Eric

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#15 posted 09-27-2020 12:19 AM

Madmark2

I like the idea hanging from the eve. Great spook.

-- Eric, building the dream

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