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post #101 of 238
Hey, everyone-- such great inspiration in your lovely creations! I just borrowed my brother's band saw, and was amazed at how easy and fun it was to cut some animals out-- sorry no pics, as I have not yet photographed them, and have never posted pics on here.
Just wanted to encourage you, NoliMum, to go for it! We are currently using our band saw on the edge of the bathroom sink, lol! It's screwed onto a wooden board as a base, and sticks out over the edge, but not enough to tip, fortunately. The wood scraps are sitting in the tub (luckily, we can use the other small bathroom!). If you are worried about the sawdust, there is likely an opening (at least on the bandsaw there is) for a shop vac attachment that will take care of that sawdust. I used a scrollsaw only very briefly when making my son's kitchen (about 5 min. worth-- long enough to wreck the blade doing too complex of a curve, lol). So the bandsaw is new to me, but I much prefer it to the scrollsaw. You might try one of each out if you have not already.
Anyway, it is so much fun to be encouraged my all of you arty mamas, and to feel supported in trying new things, especially power tools-- yipee! Have good days, and keep up the good work! Michelle
post #102 of 238
Sweetpeppers, I forgot to say that I am not sure about a jigsaw. I have not used one in a long time, and guess it probably depends on how good of control you have, as the curves of animals are on a pretty small scale. You could always experiment, obviously. Good luck!
post #103 of 238
We finally started doing some toys with our new scroll saw:

Practice pieces - mostly DH, but I did the boy and dog (which should have been a cat):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30975615@N08/3104077352/

And tonight I cut some out of nicer wood--they're still completely unfinished, but the plan is to do some detail work with the dremel and paint them. (As in DH--my detail work is not so good!):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/3097561...7607559239597/
I also had a giraffe, calf, horse and dragon marked out, but broke the blade half way through the horse. Guess I better hit Home Depot before DH comes gets back to town on Sunday! ;P

Thanks for all of the encourage "YOU CAN DO IT" posts! Being brave enough to make the first cut is the biggest challenge!!!
post #104 of 238
3901, those are beautiful!
post #105 of 238
Love them 3901sca!!

Thanks for the advice and encouragement. I was thinking that if I did invest in a jig/scroll/band saw, I'd keep it at my parents' and work on stuff there, since they've got a tool shed and a patio. And then I'd have built-in babysitters while I work!!

Maybe I'll ask for a saw for Christmas, after all. DP hasn't chosen my gift yet, so I still have time! Any recommendations for a brand/type for a beginner who has never touched a power tool?

ETA: I am looking at pictures of jig, band, miter, and scroll saws, and dremels and routers. What do all of these things do? Which is the best for tiny projects like figurines? Oh man I'd better go find a good woodworking book...
post #106 of 238
I totally copied them...found pics of Ostheimer and similar that we liked and mostly traced those. But I'm really happy how they're turning out!!! The "need" list keeps growing though! We "need" duck families, sheep families, chicken families, bear families, etc etc etc. Guess this is why we got the saw! For the price of a few nice sets, we can make as many as we dare! I'll do pics once DH finishes them!!
post #107 of 238
Jigsaw works! I was looking at tools at Target, and voila, there was a jigsaw on sale for 25 dollars. I bought it and tried it out on an elephant. It's a rough cut, but it works nicely. It's small and not too scary for a non-power tool user. I'm thrilled, I can't wait to make more.
post #108 of 238
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Jigsaw works! I was looking at tools at Target, and voila, there was a jigsaw on sale for 25 dollars. I bought it and tried it out on an elephant. It's a rough cut, but it works nicely. It's small and not too scary for a non-power tool user. I'm thrilled, I can't wait to make more.
Awesome! I am so excited to start, especially if you can get them for less than $50!!
post #109 of 238
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Awesome! I am so excited to start, especially if you can get them for less than $50!!
It's a lot of work though. It doesn't make nice curves. You have to do a lot of relief cuts. I'm getting a little fed up with it. I'm about to go to Lowes and buy a scroll saw that I can't afford.
post #110 of 238
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It's a lot of work though. It doesn't make nice curves. You have to do a lot of relief cuts. I'm getting a little fed up with it. I'm about to go to Lowes and buy a scroll saw that I can't afford.
Doh! Can you whittle it down to a smoother shape with a simple carving knife? I could see myself getting into whittling..
post #111 of 238
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3901sca, those are lovely! I especially like the elephant - he looks about ready to spring to life.
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post #113 of 238
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Oh my gosh! Those are amazing!
post #114 of 238
So I got a scroll saw tonight, and I cut out some figures. I am so excited. It's much nicer than a jigsaw. If you're going to spend money on something, you might as well spend a little more and get a scroll saw. It's so much easier. It takes some getting used to, but it's definitely worth it. I keep wanting to push the saw into the wood, when I really just need to turn the wood, and kind of let it feed itself into the saw. (or at least I think so, I'm a novice).

A paint question-The ostheimer figures have such light painting, how do they do that? It's like stained more than painted.
post #115 of 238
PAINT: http://www.make-baby-stuff.com/finishes-for-wood.html

We're going with some watercolors that we already have in the house and using beeswax polish that I got from mamakopp on etsy.

I'm excited because I've been cutting out critters this week for DH to finish while he's stuck on the couch with a broken ankle. I've done: elephant, bull, cow, calf, girraff, rooster, chicken, chick, lamb, pig, piglet. Ready to cut: 2 sheep, ram, dog, goose, lion, tiger, goose, gosling.

What?!? Me go overboard??? I have no idea what you're talking about!!
post #116 of 238
where can you get beeswax that is not online?
post #117 of 238
I am so inspired and love all your photos!
post #118 of 238
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where can you get beeswax that is not online?
Have you checked Michaels, or whatever big craft store is near you?
post #119 of 238
Michaels does have beeswax. It's expensive though...like $15/pound.

Ok...so did you all mention that this whole toy-making thing is addictive??????

I didn't get pics uploaded yet, but I cut out a ton of animals and have set DH up to finish them over the next week (he's broken so I put all finishing supplies within easy reach of his chair. HINT HINT.)

So, the other night I did an elephant, cow and bull. Then I snapped the blade and I finally figured out how to change it (believe me, I've had lots of practice now!!)--so I've added: lion, tiger, girraff, calf, two sheep, lamb, ram, rooster, two chickens, chick, goose, gosling, dog, goat, pig, piglet. Um I think that's it. I THINK THAT'S ENOUGH! But I keep thinking of JUST ONE MORE ANIMAL! Then every animal needs a family. But I'm being super efficient and that's all out of one small board from Home Depot, and I've still got a big chunk left plus scraps that are plenty big for a few more chicks or some ducks or rabbits. OH! I need ducks and rabbits! I told you I have a problem. I love it! And DH gets to do all the hard part since he can paint and I am no good at it. :P Little boy is gonne flip when he gets his big basket of animals!! (And I think ducks and rabbits can wait for his easter basket.)
post #120 of 238
I agree, it is addicting!!

We've been using watercolors with a beeswax polish I got from Nova Natural. They are turning out really nice. I like the faded look of the watercolors, but not sure how well it will hold up long-term, especially if they got wet? Oh well, we'll see.

Here's stuff I've been making (inspired by stuff I've seen elsewhere & on etsy...):
A turtle, snail and fish: http://amanda.smugmug.com/photos/435976632_Kp3Yj-L.jpg
Puzzle: http://amanda.smugmug.com/photos/435975260_Cbugg-L.jpg
http://amanda.smugmug.com/photos/435975704_dnpUa-L.jpg
Rainbow nesting tunnels (I love these!): http://amanda.smugmug.com/photos/435976315_N29Xw-L.jpg
http://amanda.smugmug.com/photos/435976078_WR9QE-L.jpg
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