Letter openers

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Project by Bradford posted 06-11-2013 01:49 PM 1837 views 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A request came in for letter openers, to made in just two days. My customer was also my special guest on the project. We sat down and designed the shape from several hundred suggestions. The whole collaboration was swift and immediate. From template to 30 letter openers; cut, shaped, sanded, poly’d, 11 hours. Then the next 48 hours sanding and re-polying, and honing the edges. By the end of the build my hands were spent. But my customer and guest spent the next 15 hours driving back home. This project was a blast to make, all due to the fact of the speed in which it was made, and that my customer was my father-in-law.

Pic 1. close up. Pic 2. drying on a rack. Pic 3. Coat #3. Pic 4. Drying on the TS. Pic 5. Template with router handles. Pic 6. Rough and finished templates.

Wood: Poplar Finish: Clear gloss poly Size: 7 1/5×2 x 3/16

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

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#1 posted 06-11-2013 09:06 PM

I like them – for some reason, the game Clue came to mind. “It was the butler, in the drawing room with the letter opener”.

-- The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. From a sign on a surfer bar in So. Calif.

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#2 posted 06-17-2013 03:44 PM

Great work on making those good looking letter openers. Like the shape and the finish.

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