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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Part Five of the Toy Box Build.

The download button for the Egg and Bunny Easter pattern is below the Toy Box build pictures.
It's time to attach the hinges to the lid. I settled on a decorative hinge that will be visible on top of the lid. I'll be installing three hinges. In the picture above I am using a crutch to hole the back of the lid in place. When I lower the lid to attach the hinges the lid will be parallel with the front. 
I'm using a self centering drill bit to pre-drill the holes for the hinges. If you don't have one of these tools I consider it a must have for installing hinges.  
It's usually best to use a screwdriver and not an electric drill to install the screws. It's too easy to strip out the MDF with the electric drill.
My wife and daughter jumped in and helped me paint the ornaments for the box. We went with brown for the name. The butterflies will be light purple and the flowers will be yellow.
I cut this board to help me line up the letters. In this picture I am just test fitting the name on the box. 
I installed braces on both sides of the box to help support the lid in case the child sits on it. Only the hinges would be holding the back with out the braces. Notice that the braces stop short of the back. I did not want them to interfere with the opening of the lid. I made the braces a little larger because they will hold the safety latch for the lid.
I installed the handles on each end of the box. They are centered and 11.5" from the bottom. MDF is heavy so these handles are important to be able to move the box around.
I'm beginning to place the ornaments. I used a two part super glue. I tested it on scrap to make sure it would give me the permanent hold I needed. It's not going anywhere. The flower pots are installed on each end of the box.
You can see how I attached the safety friction hold to the brace. Yes the brace will be painted. I was just testing the fit here.
All the ornaments are glued in place. All I have to do now is paint the braces and I'm finished. I decided against casters and they can be installed later if needed. 
I hope you enjoyed watching me put this Toy Box together. It will probably take a few days but I will put together a set of plans that you will be able to download if you wish to build your own. I will design a boys and girls version. 
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Friday, April 18, 2014

He is Risen Scroll Saw Pattern.

If you follow my blog you know I am a big Kentucky Wildcat fan. The Cats made a great run in the tournament this year falling in the championship game to Connecticut. Coach Calipari has a new book out and he was at Joseph Beth book store this afternoon for a signing. Cal gave a nice speech before the book signing which I enjoyed. We waited in line for only a short time and I got my book signed and a picture. Thanks Coach. 

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Part Four of the Toy Box Build.

Large butterfly plaque.Download below the toy box build pictures. 

Time is counting down. I need to make lots of progress tomorrow and Friday on the toy box build. All the painting needs to be complete by tomorrow night. I want to make sure the paint can completely dry. The spray paint dries fast so that's not a problem. I will be hand painting the ornamentation and it might take longer. Today my wife decided on a font for the name on the front of the box.  I decided on the ornamentation. It's going to be flowers on the sides and the name and butterflies on the front. 
I started cutting the ornaments for the box tonight. I'm cutting four of these flower pots. I'm using 1/2" thick MDF. I have not chosen a paint color for the ornaments yet. I'm not going to try to get fancy. The name, flowers and butterflies will all be painted with just one color. 

After the flower pots are painted they will be tacked to each side.  
I have all four cut and ready for paint.
I'm cutting the butterflies from 1/4" Thick Baltic Birch ply. I did not have any 1/4" MDF so this will do. It's going to be painted so I don't think it will be noticeable.The butterflies are pretty basic so I just did a quick stack cutting to save a bit of time. Two for the price of one is always good.
I ran out of energy before I got the name cut out. That will be first on the agenda tomorrow after work. A least the ornaments are finished. 
The lid took it's place on the workbench for a couple coats of paint. I used the same technique as the box. Apply a coat. Let it dry. 000 steel wool to knock down the rough spots. Then another coat of paint. I'm getting a pretty good finish with the paint but I'm still trying to decide if I will give the box a finish coat of lacquer. It's probably depends on how the time situations goes. I will need to have plenty of time for it to dry.   
I have gone round and round trying to decide how I want to hinge the lid to the box. I think I'm going to go against the norm and have the hinges visible. I have a couple decorative brass hinges that I will use. In the picture above I have the hinges sitting on the lid. I'm trying to stand back and look to see if they look okay or If I need to hide the hinges below the lid.

One problem I'm dealing with now is that my workshop is coated in pink dust from the over-spray of the paint and the sanding with the steel wool. I tried to blow it out tonight but it's going to take some major cleaning to get it all. Just what I always wanted. A pink workshop!  
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Part Three of the Toy Box Build.

-Free standing Easter Bunny Egg.

I made a little more progress on the toy box build.
Because the edges of MDF are so porous it's difficult to get a nice painted edge. The paint wants to soak in and leave a rough edge. I use a DIY sealer I make with wood glue and water. I don't have an exact mixture. I just pour a couple heaping spoon fulls of glue into a half cup of water. Stir it up well.  
Apply sealer to every edge of the MDF that will be taking paint. 
Let the sealer dry for a few hours and apply a second coat of sealer. Let that dry completely and you are ready to paint.
I'm going to use spray paint for this project. My wife said she wanted pink but not Barbie pink. I found this Berry Pink so I bought four cans.
The paint covered pretty well after just one coat but it will still need at least a second coat. 
 I used 000 steel wool to knock down the texture the paint leaves. You want to get the paint nice and smooth before the next coat.  Make sure you remove all the steel wool debris before you apply the next coat. An air compressor does a good job. Protect your eyes.  

Tomorrow I will get the painting finished. I will attach the lid with some decorative hinges. Once that is finished I can start with the scroll saw work. I know I will scroll the child's name in large letters for the front of the box. I have some decision making for the rest of the ornamentation if any. Maybe butterflies.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hundreds of emails

I don't want to stay on this subject too long but I do want to explain my decision to remove the pattern from Mondays post. As you know some people found the pattern in poor taste. After some thought I removed the pattern and apologized for the situation. My poor email server nearly had a melt down after I apologized and removed the pattern. 99 out of 100 folks thought I should not have removed the pattern. I even had a couple of people from the clergy tell me they did not think the pattern had a religious context. I have never had that many emails in one day. I stopped counting at 500+. Many said the pattern was not appealing to them but they just deleted it and were not offended in any way. Several want me to send them the pattern. About 10 said the pattern was a mistake and agreed that it should be removed. Here is why I agree with the people who thought I should take it down. My blog is not about artistic freedom. It's not about a discussion of current political or social events. I'm just a guy who likes to make patterns. Thousands of folks have signed up to receive my email newsletter. when they signed up they saw my work and had a reasonable expectation that they could expect similar to arrive in their emails. For me that is an implied contract I have with my readers. I have a responsibility to not send emails into your house that are not the common standard of the work I have always produced. The removal had little to do with my thoughts on if it really made a religious statement. I actually did not think their was a religious context but I am able to see the point of few that it did. My primary reason to remove the pattern is because it was not something I usually post. If it had not been sent in the email I may not have made the decision to apologize. I consider your email box to be personal. There is no way I can reply to all the email from folks who want me to send them the pattern. Thanks to everyone for your thoughts. Everyday is a learning experience for us all. I'm lucky to have thousands of people who care enough about the blog to make a comment. it would be bad if no one cared. That's all I'll say about this. Tomorrow we will get back to the fun of scrolling.

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