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Boy and Girls,

While it is highly rumoured that the delicious Dim Sims

were an Australian invention made up of cats… these two cats are not as dim as they sim.

A cat lover friend came across this Steve Good design he called (search for) Cuddling Cats and she insisted on a laser cut version. Still reeling from the promise of a cask of vino for my Concentration game, I thought that with our 6th. C19 lockdown recently lifted in Victoria (one week ago), I could now travel and kick her door down if she reneged again.

My first attempt was simply a 300mm diameter disc engraved and cut as one piece

(excluding the stand),

which was gratefully accepted, yet that elusive vino remittance is still outstanding that expeditious acceptance.

And one for the non cat lovers that have bothered to get this far,


Forever considering miniaturisation, I considered mixed colours rather than just engraving… Did a trial cut and found that the two "cats" were not an exact duplicate of each other. I did some crafty manipulation in CorelDraw to rectify that… not that I'm bragging as I'd never lower myself to highlight my humble, supreme, silently private, superhuman achievement,

for anyone that may be interested.
The update of the design should be available in one of my links I'm sure to mention somewhere below.

Stained a sheet of 3mm MDF black and cut a number of patterns out of both stained and unstained MDF.






The unstained version had to be "assembled"





for sanding

and then the sawdust had to be pressure blown away without turning the small pieces into flying projectiles,




It was then a case of assembling the two contrasting pieces,

using an oversized rim and spare base plates to keep everything together,

before applying the glue to the base plate,

and flipping using the same method

before adding weights.

The next decision was finishing. Personally, I don't like oiling MDF (tung, BLO or even shellac) as they tend to darken the MDF.
The first option was buffing… I was concerned that the black stain would smudge onto the raw MDF. I tried a pair and while it was acceptable,

(the 50¢ is for size comparison… though it may only be of benefit to the zillions of Australian viewers).
It was not my preference.

The next option was to varnish. Fearing a repeat of the stain transfer, I opted for a spray on matt finish,


While that provided some protection for the MDF, I have become accustomed to the shine of buffing and found the matt finish not as appealing… at least to my wog tastes. Tried wipe-on-poly,

that for some reason (probably my technique) wasn't inspirational.

I then tried some gloss spay-on and not realising it was "ultra", it was a bugger to work with, picking up and highlighting every speck of dust in my "pristine" workshop, after many coats with sanding in between, I was at least content with the result,


The next option was either satin or gloss, however, I ran out of cats and didn't want to open a new can of spray for what will eventually be give aways.

Out of curiosity I had a go at a pair/pair made out of "solids"… not sure of the timber I found, however I call it BOOMSB (Board Out Of My Scrap Bin)…

I placed a black stained rim around these ones,

which I shellacked… just brushed on and not Frenchied,


To complete the small ones, I made some "disc stands" based on one of SWMBO's plate stands out of 6mm MDF which I stained in a contrast to the outer rim of the small disc,



without the hinges. Light stand for the black rim and vice versa,


Initially I glued the stand halves together to form a 90° stand,

however, in keeping with my giveaway freebie policy, I decided to keep them as two pieces to be secured by 2×2mm dowels (toothpicks)



to maintain their flat pack status,


No video was created, however, files can be downloaded from this link.

Steve Good's original PDF can be downloaded from this link after entering "Cuddling cats" in the search field.

Keep safe, jocks... and your jocks, safe!

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very well done, I would have to give you 6 out of 9 for the cuddling cats.

Also you reminded me of my pre teen years when Mom and Dad took us out for Chinese, and the topic of cats was raised, with my Dad stating you can always tell a Chinese restaurant by the cats head in the dust bins.

Upon leaving I just had to take a quick look and got castigated for being so gullible and told to put the lid back on and get our of the lane way.
 

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Nice work Duck. But it looks like you have started a cat farm. Damn things start to smell up a place in great numbers, just a heads up in case your sniffer got messed up with all the Covid. :)
 

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Nice job LBD, those are really pretty cool. My favorite ones are the ones with contrast.
 

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Alex, Your cat's are the only good ones IMHO; sorry I'm not a cat lover but do so appreciate how much of a clever duck you are!!
 

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Wonderful work even if it is cats. The design helped make the project so good.
 

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Did a trial cut and found that the two "cats" were not an exact duplicate of each other. I did some crafty manipulation in CorelDraw to rectify that… not that I'm bragging as I'd never lower myself to highlight my humble, supreme, silently private, superhuman achievement,

- LittleBlackDuck
Nice work on the Yin and Yang of Dim Sims Alex! Yup Superhuman right up there with cats and their 9 lives! LOL!
This one is my favorite!
 

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what bout us doggy lovers ? :<)))))))))

- GR8HUNTER

Nice cats! Here you go Tony.



- Foghorn


Is that a Newfy? He looks so regal
 

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Thanks all for looking…

GR8, I did cover dog lovers, but here's a small reminder,


Funny how a cat post brings out the ferals in dog-lovers… I remember once I made a
"quip" about,

and got my arse kicked so hard that I wore my jocks as ear warmers for several months.

For the record, I'm not a cat lover but an animal lover… There was a time when I had a cat and a dog (and two open caged budgies that kept crapping on the furniture)... it wasn't till I had guests that the family was reminded that we ha a cat AND a dog... wow, took us a while to come to grips with that truth.

what bout us doggy lovers ? :<)))))))))

- GR8HUNTER

Nice cats! Here you go Tony.



165 pounds of Newfie goodness! Sorry for the derail LBD

- Foghorn
I not "training" any pets at the moment… no need to stay on track!

Every cat needs a butler to fetch the kitty litter as required.
This one is my favorite!

- woodshaver Tony C
Sorry shaver... postage keeps going up and up.
Great and clever work LBD. Hope you get the vino.

- James E McIntyre
Hope that cat is colour blind… blue vino? Still waiting for the vino… could cause a blue!
 

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This one is my favorite!

- woodshaver Tony C

Sorry shaver... postage keeps going up and up.

- LittleBlackDuck
Alex I hope you didn't think I was looking for another gift from you! We love the little puzzle chair and it's sitting on my wife's desk. She gives it a little flick with her finger to make it rock and then she smiles! I still can't believe how much it coast to send just that 1.8 once package through the mail. We appreciate your gift and with the ridiculous cost of postage I in no way would ask for more! You have done enough and we love the little puzzle and again thank you very very much! I would send you a full size puzzle chair but I would need to hit the bank up for a loan just to pay the shipping cost!
 

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I like the combo of ying yang with cats!
You did a real nice write up with pictures that make it easy to understand how you did it!

Did I say I like it?
 

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I like the combo of ying yang with cats!
You did a real nice write up with pictures that make it easy to understand how you did it!

Did I say I like it?

- oldnovice
Thanks o'n'... Being a Steve Good offering, goes to prove it can be done by anyone with conventional tools.
... Alex I hope you didn t think I was looking for another gift from you! We love the little puzzle chair and it s sitting on my wife s desk. She gives it a little flick with her finger to make it rock and then she smiles!...
- woodshaver Tony C
I was just pulling your leg shaver, however, Carol's flick statement made me smile.

Poor excuse, but nevertheless shipping cost is a good excuse for refraining from swap meets here at LJ.
 

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Odd, I really like these. Nice job, LBD
 

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Odd, I really like these. Nice job, LBD

- FrenchGoattoys
Thanks Frenchie... I'm with a similar feel… Nothing to do with my attitude towards cats, but once I started making two I had to keep going. As I don't sell my stuff, I had to force myself to stop or I'd be coughing up fur balls for the next couple of years.
 
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