Baby gift

Baby gift

My good friend and graduate school classmate had a baby boy a few weeks before my new baby boy came along and I decided to make a gift for him. He also has a little girl. He is crazy about rabbits for some reason and not in the same way I’m crazy about rabbit stew. We don’t talk about rabbit stew. He has a couple of shelter rabbits and he volunteers at a rabbit shelter as well as sometimes taking “foster care” rabbits temporarily. And that’s in a NYC apartment so you know he’s dedicated. I thought rabbits would be a nice incorporation into a baby gift.

I didn’t take too many photos and its a pretty straightforward project so I won’t bore you with a long post about it like I usually do. :-)

The entire thing is oak pallet wood. I incorporated the knot holes because I thought they were interesting. I screwed in the hardware a little higher than I like but I did that so it wouldn’t interfere with looking at the knot near the bottom.

The rabbits are finished with a mix of oil poly, mineral spirits and some oil artist paint my wife has. The goal was pink and blue but thin enough so the grain would show through. It worked on my test scrap but I applied it too heavy to the real pieces. The grain doesn’t show as well and the color is too dark -especially the pink, which is too red. Oh well. It’s not THAT bad so I’m ok with it.

I cut the rabbits and the shelf brackets on the bandsaw. I bought a 1/8" blade after cutting the rabbits. The 1/4" one was a pain to cut tight curves. I’m still learning to use that machine, but I’m really happy I bought it on a whim a few months ago.

I made a French cleat to hang it. I’m still waiting for my friend to call me back about coming over. I plan to bring all the tools that might be necessary to install it. He’s not as handy as me and I’ll be very glad to help him do it right.

Losing fingers since 1969


I like it. By the way that is not a knot, it is a huge hole in the wood :))

Tor and Odin are the greatest of gods.

I don’t discuss rabbit stew with the Rabbit, either for obvious reasons but I do like a nice bit of rabbit … SAY NO MORE! wink wink….

The hardware looks fine. Actually the hardware looks like two angry drunk octopuses that want a fight, but that might just be me … all this talk of animals and all. Nice project and nice gift. Well done.

-- Alec (Friends call me Wolf, no idea why)

Well done Brian.
It looks nice.

I like your pavers too.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Thanks, guys it went over well. Installed it this afternoon on a French cleat. The hardware was Lowe’s cheapo. Very functional if octopussy.

Losing fingers since 1969

Very nicely done Brian. You get much better pallets there than we do here.

Mike, an American living in Norway

Pallet wood is like roulette. I found one slat that is some kind of curly something or other. It’s so beautiful and I have no idea what it is. I chose the pallets mainly by weight with the idea that heavier is more likely to be hardwood which in turn is more likely to be oak. It’s hard to tell by looking at them when they’re so dirty and chewed up. So far I have one spalted maple pallet runner, a bunch of oak runners and slats, some slats that are very clear and look like poplar (crisp, clean and boring) and this one magic curly something or other slat. The magic slat will make a fine accent to something. I wish I had more of it.

Losing fingers since 1969

Here’s a photo of the magic slat. Any idea what this is? It’s incredibly beautiful in direct sunlight. The photo doesn’t do it justice.

Losing fingers since 1969

That is beautiful. No idea what it is but that will make a loveley box…maybe some nice inlay…nice score, that.

-- Alec (Friends call me Wolf, no idea why)

Good build a perfect baby gift.

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