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Blog series by robscastle updated 08-19-2018 11:24 PM 10 parts 15120 reads 54 comments total

Part 1: Piggy banks

07-16-2014 08:51 AM by robscastle | 6 comments »

No 2 Son has two girls Caitlin and Emily, he wanted me to make them some money boxes. My first attempt was rejected as not girlish enough. Here is the first attempt I thought they were great, took me only a couple of hours. Oh well the customer is always right So I shelved them and set to work using timber. The timber is Oregon and its very good to work with I made a profile pattern and cut out three sections per piggy. I then made a jig the hold the secti...

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Part 2: Piggys progress...if you could call it that

07-17-2014 06:47 AM by robscastle | 3 comments »

First off I forgot to post pickies of the template I made everything with, so here we go,Dont look too closely at the router template as I broke one end pulling a dowel out Now for the progress, I was busy sanding away when disaster struck I sanded through the body! Not a good result but one little piggy had to go for surgery. I enlarged the hole and wedged a semi circular block in the hole and glued it up Then left it to dry overnight. Now not forgetting some ...

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Part 3: Piggy's Ears Eyes and Nose job

08-04-2014 09:58 AM by robscastle | 5 comments »

Work is progressing on the Piggy Bank Money boxes. The Ears: I started with the ears, and found out after lots of experimental processes that nothing beats a simple procedure. First up I tried to make them using my spindle moulder/shaper and various cutter profiles . I found none were really producing anything that looked OK and was reproducable so I opted to just sand the edges. That seemed to produce a good result in reasonable time. The sawdust on one ears is to fil...

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Part 4: The Piggys get some fur

11-27-2014 11:15 AM by robscastle | 2 comments »

I realised I had not finished the Grandaughters Christmas Piggy banks so I continued on post haste today. Amoungst all my tools is a Plastic Tub of craft gear, and in it is all the flocking material. To do Flocking its a reasonably straight forward procedure apply a base coat of material to give it a matching base colour and while its still wet blow the flocking material on and let it dry. Once its dry brush off the excess, .... and there is usually a second coat required as well. ...

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Part 5: The Christmas presents unwrapped

01-26-2015 05:07 AM by robscastle | 5 comments »

For those following the Piggys progress here is the final update. The Piggy’s made their way to Sydney and quietly sat under the Christmas tree awaiting their new owners. Come Christmas morning all was good!Emily was happy with hers As was Caitlin

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Part 6: Ninja Turtle Minions

04-22-2015 05:56 AM by robscastle | 6 comments »

I saw this picture of the Ninja Turtles in Minions getupMy grandson who is four loves both. So the head scratching begins, how could I make something safe and yet had the ability to be changed later when another favorite comes along. I wanted to make a photo frame with no removable parts a child could get into so I decided on two halves pocket hole screwed together. This is the final product assembled and waxed Construction: I needed a routing frame the same size as the...

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Part 7: Rockys Workshop Pt 1

01-29-2016 07:39 AM by robscastle | 12 comments »

My eldest Son Adam and his Wife Vanessa visited post New Years Day mainly due to his son Rocky starting school this year.We had a great time together and on the last few days I found a note from Rocky (very well written I might add) asking me to make him a workshop.My initial comment to his Mom was did he really write the note she replied yes and she said she was not sure what he was up to. I asked Rocky what sort of workshop he wanted, and did he have a plan, now its possibly timely to u...

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Part 8: Rockys workshop Pt 2

01-30-2016 03:06 AM by robscastle | 5 comments »

The workshop constructon continues, Firstly I must thank all the LJs for their comments, I was a bit humbled by it all when I read them it was then I realised it was possibly a project that those our age group love doing,.... along with parents too!So a very warm Thank You to all. The materialThe material I used were bits of off cuts “just lying about” so there was no real initial timber outlay involvedThe roof Masonite, the roof trim, bits of hardwood.The walls and base, MD...

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Part 9: Rockys Workshop Pt 3

02-01-2016 11:04 AM by robscastle | 4 comments »

The workshop has been completed assembly wise, so I visited the local paint shop for some paints.I had this idea that I would buy a batch of small primary colours and mix my own.Well this might sound fine in theory but I failed miserably in producing the colours I wanted to use. However the primary colours, Blue roof and red drain pipes, ceiling white, and gloss white bits along with the timber floor finish and concrete effect paint went well. The interior yellow was a fail in ...

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Part 10: Ukraine space ship

08-19-2018 11:24 PM by robscastle | 6 comments »

Intelligence reports indicate the Ukraine space ship may be undergoing an overhaul

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