Christmas Ornament 2010

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Project by RDR posted 12-09-2011 03:18 AM 1732 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I exchange Christmas ornaments every year. Last Christmas my wife also happened to be pregnant with our first child. Before we found out that we were having a daughter we were referring to her as our nugget. So, after her ultrasound, I decided to make her an ornament featuring our “nug-ette”.

I used half-lap joints for construction, and the wood is actually from a driveway plow stake. It’s a hardwood, but I’m not sure what exactly it is. Maybe ash? The glass and photo are held in the frame with tension created by approximately 1/8” thick strips of the same wood. It is finished with aerosol lacquer.

I also had my first, and hopefully last, significant blood loss due to woodworking during this project. After I rabbeted out the back of the frame, I used a chisel to square off the corners. Foolishly, I had my hand in front of the frame when my chisel slipped out of the wood an into my index finger. So, I wrapped my finger and headed to my wife’s office (she’s an NP). I thought I was in for stitches, but because it was such a clean cut they actually used medical super glue. I’ve got a nifty little triangular scar as a reminder to keep myself out of the way!

Thanks for looking.

-- The Dude abides...

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 12-09-2011 05:32 AM

What a great idea. That will be precious forever!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 12-09-2011 08:57 AM

Great frame. I’ve given blood for a few projects too….....

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 12-17-2011 11:32 PM

Fantastic idea. I also like the frame – but what is in the frame is so much more important. So, is another in order for 2011 Christmas????

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

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#4 posted 12-19-2011 03:22 AM

cajunpen: Not in the works for 2011, but maybe 2012 :) We’ll see.

-- The Dude abides...

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#5 posted 12-19-2011 07:50 AM

I’m glad you chose to not share a picture of your injury… I cringe every time I see one :/

-- San Diego, CA

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