This project was a lot of fun to design and to cut. Lady Liberty stands over 18" tall. I was really happy to be back out in the shop.
A few days ago I mentioned that I was a little under the weather. Well it ended up being a long week and I could not get into the shop. It started out as a head cold then turned weird. Friday morning I had a doctors appointment at 9am. As I was showering the world started spinning and I fell to the floor and heap. I didn't lose conciseness but I was totally out of control of my body. After a few moments I regained enough sense to get up and kind of finish getting ready.
I made my doctors appointment and they diagnosed me with positional vertigo. Okay I was not going to kick the bucket so I thought, "no big deal.". Wrong. (big deal!). They gave me this strange therapy name the Epley Maneuver. They said sometimes it works the first try sometimes it can take weeks.
Off to home I go. I soon found out just how fast the the room could spin. If I moved my head to a 45 degree angle to the right it would trigger one of the strangest sensations I have ever experienced. The room would rotate clockwise so fast that I would get instantly ill. I could usually stop it by moving my head again but not always.
To make a long story and weekend short on the fifth therapy it fixed it. It took two days but it finally worked. I had heard of vertigo before but I really did not know anything about it. All I can say is that I hope I never experience it again. To put it mildly it is terrible.
Now that you have heard my sob story here is the good news. I got to spend four hours in the shop tonight. I had designed this Statue of Liberty pattern right before I became ill so I headed to the saw and cut it out. When you ope the pattern you will see that there is a considerable amount of veining to be cut.
I used a #1 ultra scroll reverse blade to cut all of the top of the pattern. I usually use a larger blade for cutting veining just to make it stand out. In this case that would have made the project get very fragile. Even using the #1 I had to be careful.
The pedestal of the statue is two pieces stacked together. They need to match exactly so I stack cut them together then removed the front of the pedestal and drilled and cut it out.
I finished the project off by sitting her on a cutout of the outline of Liberty island and adding the word Liberty.
Man it felt good to get out in the shop.
Click now and make a family heirloom this weekend.
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