Wow … that is a long time ago - 15 years. My goodness, I was just a youngster then.
I had forgotten about this bottle holder- but I haven’t forgotten the flack I got for painting walnut!! They never let me forget the error of my ways.
Nov. 16, 2007
(Copy/paste.. I certainly don’t remember any of these details)
1. I printed the pattern
and glued it to the piece of walnut that I found.
(yes, I know - you shouldn't paint walnut) but that's what I had that was "almost" the right size. I had to trim the sides of the pattern down a bit and I think it could have been thicker to provide a better balancing edge. But it works
2. I tried using the scrollsaw but the wood is just too hard for my scrollsaw skills. Back up plan was the bandsaw sitting beside me - that I had never used before. I managed to make it work.
3. Using the hole-making thingy I drilled the mouth opening and then a little hole to fit a 1/4" dowel into, for the nose.
4. I sanded the surface.
5. Cut the angle onto the bottom with the mitre saw and then finished the angle using the sander to get the "balance" to take place. That was tricky - and just don't sneeze!
6. Cut some jewelry wire and formed the hands. Drilled holes in the side of the snowman and glued the wires in (the one is being stubborn and won't remain tight… I think I'll just say that he's a little tipsy and afraid of falling so he keeps putting his arm down on the ground to catch himself).
8. Used the sander to form the nose, using a short piece of dowel.
7. Painted the nose using a marker and the body of snowman with some white paint.
8. Glued on 3 buttons and let it all dry.
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Those were the days.. all I wanted to do was to make a box. That’s how I found the woodworking site, connected with Martin about some ideas, .. and rest is history!!
Here we are 15 years later and I’m still helping Martin with his woodworking site!