Christmas wood projects

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Christmas wood projects

Post by micktoon » 30 Dec 2012, 00:41

Hi All , Just thought I would post a few photos of what I have been making for various Christmas presents . . . . . . . .. while I should have been rebuilding my lathe :palm:
The photos are not that good as taken on my mobile phone and to be honest I only took the odd in progress shots but you will get the general idea from them.

This is a full size wine bottle made out of an old fence post that had been lying around for ages, it is being dyed green in this shot and the block of wood lying on the lathe bed below the green bottle is the other half of the post , that will become the red bottle.

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I am in a local woodturning club and this collection was my donation to the yearly sale the club has to raise funds , the colours are not good in the photo the bottles were brighter than they look here, the red and green ones are pine and I am not sure what the other one is , maybe apple ? or some fruit wood, they are life size to give you some idea of the sizes. The Christmas trees are various timbers, some with different types of wood for the pots and some all out the same bit of wood. The mice are stuck on with blue tack here just so they dont knock together while being transported really, they ended up with less blue tack so it could not be seen.

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This is a closer shot of the mice on the cheese, they ended up looking better than this as I managed to get some map pins to do the eyes with, they are just burnt on here , they looked much better once they had their beady eyes fitted. The ears and tails are leather and the whiskers are cut from a paint brush.

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This was the bigger project for my girlfriends present , a pine chest with dovetail joints..... everything that could go wrong, did go wrong doing this , so it took ages and there was some swearing going on I can tell you. All the mouldings / trims etc were routered out of solid wood, the dovetails ( with much hassle were made with a router on a woodrat ( its a sort of jig type thing that can do many types of joints with a router ). There was no real drawings or plan just knew what it was to look like and made it up as I went. This is the only photo whilst getting done , its finished but in bare wood here.

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This is the Chest finished and in position , its storage and a coffee table, its dyed antique pine colour and finished with dark wax that gives it the aged look. The colour is darker than this photo shows. The Apple and Pear were also made to go with the chest they are Laburnum wood.

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This photo is more like the true colour, I bought the brass handles but they were not really what I had in mind but all I could find, trying them on they looked to plain so I made the brass backing plates then attached the handles on top of them and they look much better. Anyway she loved it and it now has pride of place. Note all the new wood coasters on the top, it has been made clear by its new owner that if anyone dares to put cups etc on it they will be in big trouble :hammer:

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So it looks like its back to the lathe at long last now :thumbup:

Cheers Mick.

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Post by PanBiker » 30 Dec 2012, 01:07

Smashing Mick, thanks for posting these, good workmanship always a pleasure to look at.
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Post by Stanley » 30 Dec 2012, 05:17

Ian's right, you haven't been wasting your time!
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Post by micktoon » 31 Dec 2012, 16:45

I have found a few better pictures of the Christmas things I posted above and another wine bottle I made. This is a general shot but the colours are much more how they actually looked.

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This it the light coloured mice made from Ash wood after the beady eyes were fitted, these eyes look much better than the burnt in eyes. The cheeses are just discs of wood turned to shape then dyed red, rounded holes made in them at random with a router and ball ended cutter, the the nibbled areas are done with a fine woodcarving gouge.

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The darker mice made from mystery wood, not sure what it is , its similar to teak I think ? with the beady eyes fitted.

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This is Rhudolph the mouse with his red nose he is made out of Pearwood. By chance a friends wife who is a nursery teacher bought this one from the Woodturners sale, she hides it somewhere in the classroom every day and the kids have to find it :lol:, she says they love looking for it.

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This is the wine bottle I made for my Girlfriend out of Beechwood, her street is called Milton , hence the name , I printed off a couple of images from the internet then traced it onto the finished bottle then burnt in the design with a pyography pen, its like a soldering iron type thing It should be neater really but I need more practice with the pen and also to make some finer tips for it. The cork is actually not seperate and is integral part of the wood the rest of the bottle is made from but has not been finished or waxed and has has the black flecks burnt into it too , everyone who has seen it has tried to pull the cork out .....it looks more like a cork than a real cork ! :lol:

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Cheers Mick :beer:

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Post by Stanley » 01 Jan 2013, 04:13

I think we have a talent here as great in wood as Conor is with his pens and pencils....
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Post by Moh » 02 Jan 2013, 13:36

Brilliant, what a talent - if you make enough you could open a gift shop.
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Post by micktoon » 02 Jan 2013, 20:32

Happy New year to Everyone :grin:
Thanks for the compliments Stanley and Moh, Especially coming from Stanley who does such impressive work himself, I have looked at Conors artwork and its really top class, I hope he is still doing well with it. I had a bit of a try at doing some oil painting last year, I think they were ok for first trials but I was not happy with them myself and did not really have to time to keep practicing, I will see if I have any photos and post a few.


All the best for 2013 , Mick.

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Post by Stanley » 03 Jan 2013, 06:22

Oh Bugger.... It looks as though we might have another renaissance man on our hands.... Mick, do you by any chance play a musical instrument, or tight-rope walk, or......
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Post by micktoon » 03 Jan 2013, 23:25

Hi Stanley .....Ha ha , just seen your comment, I can tell you I can NOT play any musical instruments (even the triangle) , remember any words to any songs no matter how many times I have heard them, just as well as I can't sing either and according to my partner Sarah ......... cannot dance either :grin: .. . . . . I am not so sure about the dancing but I only have one speed ....... Full speed , and only after a drink or two or three and only if the music is loud and fast, so maybe I am really good at dancing :smile: but not good to try and dance with :laugh5: . I have not tried tight rope walking Stanley, but lets just say if I am as good at that as I am at dancing and Sarah is right it might have a nasty ending ha ha, so just to be safe I will give it a miss !.


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