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Project by danica posted 04-13-2008 05:39 PM 1483 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I´m starting a skeleteon, haha.
So this is my first ever piece of work it`s from last summer made out fo pine from Finland (a lot of leftovers from my flooring -so there`ll be lots more pine stuff coming…). I don`t remember why I choose the bone – I just wanted to make someting.
TOOLS USED: hand saw, chisel, carving knife
LESSONS LEARNED: 1.carving soft wood is easier than I thought – in the terms of strength 2. wood acts very strange around knots
FINISH: several coats of BLO mixed with scent oil so it will smell good
HOPES: make bones for my friends who love dogs. Maybe fridge magnets.

PS: seeing the beautiful things you make here – you will probably think this a joke but I want to record my progress here. Thanks.

-- danica

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#1 posted 04-13-2008 06:02 PM

Hi Danica,

I hate to be the first to tell you this but your work is going to the dogs. :) (I apologize I just couldn’t resist saying that).

Seriously, this is an interesting post. And you have a nice start on an entire skeleton. Just start working on the next one. You only have 205 more to go.

This is a nice carving and you did a good job with the pine. It is wonderful to see material re-used for other purposes as opposed to ending up in a dumpster.

I am looking forward to your next post. I am sure, if this one is any indication, that it will be interesting to say the least.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 04-13-2008 07:19 PM

I can tell by the result that you simply had fun with this project, I can also tell that you paid attention to details when you smoothed it, texture looks uniform all around, even the hard to reach places. Looking forward to seeing more of your projects and progress.

-- Thuan

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#3 posted 04-13-2008 08:25 PM

Nice bone! I like it.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#4 posted 04-14-2008 02:01 AM

Hey Danica, if you want to have some real fun, buy or borrow an angle grinder. Lock a piece of wood in a vise of some sort, then grind away inches in seconds. or find a scrollsaw and cut out your bones, sand the edges on the show side leaving the magnet side flat. Finish with oil or something non toxic if the “bone” is actually going to the dogs. Also if it sadly will be used as a chew toy, be aware some woods are toxic if chewed on accidentally. Such pressure treated pine. Finally, it is a nice little bone, and your friends will be glad to have one of a limited edition.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#5 posted 04-14-2008 02:06 AM

Well give a dog a bone (LOL). Great bit of carving Danica.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 04-14-2008 02:20 AM

My dogs would love wooden bones. nice carving

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#7 posted 04-14-2008 05:03 PM

Thanks for all your comments and encouragements. Thanks Bradford for suggestions – regrettably I don`t have a worshop – this was made in my kitchen so I can`t afford powertools to be throwing dust all over the place. That and keeping the noise down forced me to use only hand tools. And what I`m finding out now – this is not a bad thing. It takes a lot more time but I seem to enjoy the process more.
So a skeleton is gonna take a better part of my life :)

-- danica

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#8 posted 04-20-2008 05:02 AM

Great design and execution. I like it. But my dog only likes real bones and ones that squeek.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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