Character Buildings

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Project by woodup posted 03-01-2008 04:50 AM 2354 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Several years ago…. I had the idea of creating a family project for my sister. I sketched out building that would capture something about each member of her family.
My eldest niece, was a natural for the ‘feedstore’ barn since she’s into animals and critters.

My nephew was a construction site.

My younger niece was a flower shop.


My brother-in-law was the highrise tower financial institution,and my sister was a book shop.

I got started on the project with plank of pine and used the dremel primarily to shape the pieces. I also used the bandsaw and scrollsaw. I finished the pieces with craft paint. Even though I started this project ‘years ago’, I just finished it this last thanksgiving and was finally able to give it to them. It had become the running joke of the gift that never was.

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

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#1 posted 03-01-2008 08:00 AM

They are nice – look artsy and country (country art). Are they designed to be hung from a wall?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 03-01-2008 12:31 PM

this is really cute and I’m going to keep this in mind for next Christmas. What a wonderful idea. LOVE IT

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

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#3 posted 03-01-2008 03:05 PM

Hey Bill, They are now hung up on a wall at my sister’s house.

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

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#4 posted 03-01-2008 03:11 PM

What a nice, thoughtful gift. I bet they smile every time they walk by that wall :).

-- Robb

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#5 posted 03-01-2008 04:30 PM

Aint woodworkin fun? Good job.
I’m still not familiar with this site enough and need to know how you post the photos other than the three they allow

-- kstenzel

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#6 posted 03-02-2008 02:21 AM

These are some clever whimsical pieces. nice job.

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#7 posted 03-03-2008 05:50 AM

You’ve captured distinctive character qualities of your family in these unique wall plaques. I’m sure they consider the end results worth the wait. Don’t sacrifice your vision of a project for expediency. I agree with Robb….this was a very thoughtful and insightful gift….great job. I’m sure your dad must be very proud!

-- Pat, Hoover,AL Fresh cut wood smells almost as good as fresh baked bread!

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