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Saturday, September 5, 2015
Pocket Project - Gnome Ornament
This little pocket project may be a little more difficult, but still a good one for a beginner with a bit of experience. Cut the blank out of 1/4th inch Basswood.
You're only going to whittle one side, then glue it to the slice of tree limb. Start by making stop cuts to outline the various features; then pare down/up to the stop cuts. Then round over the edges. In the example, I just dipped the piece into wood conditioner, followed by a light stain, and finished with a coat of Tung oil.
I cut the 1/4th inch thick limb section on the chop saw set at 45 degrees. Apply the same finish to the limb as the gnome. Drill a hole in the top of the tree limb and add the ribbon for a hanger.
These should make someone very happy at Christmas.