My first collapsible castle

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Project by MasterSergeant posted 01-28-2011 12:56 AM 4703 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally took the plunge and made some collapsible castles. Everyone was absolutely correct they are very addictive, I had to pull myself away from the band-saw tonight. A family friend dropped of some small walnut limbs that were the perfect candidates for the castles. After some practice on some scarps I discovered a 5 degree table angle produced at good taper and I installed my 1/4” band saw blade. While I was at it I cleaned and adjusted my band-saw ;-). I pretty much ruined my first attempt but learned some valuable lessons like don’t get too close to the edge, bark had no strength! Anyhow, they are fun to produce I need more patients on the drawing in the windows and doors but that will come after a few hundred of these things! Anyone have some more pointers on how to make these things, please give them to me.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#1 posted 01-28-2011 01:30 AM

This is a first for me,I have never seen them before there is always something different to look at.Thanks for sharing

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#2 posted 01-28-2011 01:48 AM

Very unique please tell us more …I love them

-- I cut it three times and it's still too short

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#3 posted 01-28-2011 02:47 AM

I’d love to see a tutorial blog on “how to”.

The bark really makes these extra special. Looks like castles on the edge of a cliff.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 01-28-2011 03:45 AM

These are so cool! I love them. You did a great job on them. I’m with MsDebbie – I would love to see a blog on them.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 01-28-2011 04:17 AM


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#6 posted 01-28-2011 12:47 PM

Initially baffled by the main picture – then delighted by the others. Cute!

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#7 posted 01-29-2011 12:54 PM

thank you for taking the time to create the blog

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#8 posted 01-30-2011 05:26 AM

NEAT!! thanks for posting the blog I need to try one of these in the future.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#9 posted 01-30-2011 09:04 PM

I added bases to the project today. I had some scraps in the bin that worked perfectlyl

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#10 posted 09-30-2011 07:31 AM

I know this is late, however, to help keep bark on a project, use wood that was cut down when the sap was down(in the winter). If you don’t have a choice, then you can soak the seam between the bark and the wood with CA glue.

Cute castles btw. A picture of the back would be helpful. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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