Saturday, May 7, 2016

What to do with Santa?

Lots of carvers spend time carving Santa.  Therefore there are lots of Santa's available for most anything.

 Perhaps the most popular use of the Santa is for a Christmas tree ornament.  Santa pins are also popular.

Here's an idea for a different way to use the carved Santa.  Frame him!

Here's a photo of the "framed" Santa.  I used old reclaimed barn wood.  Here's the steps that I use to do the frame.

1.  Rip the barn wood on the table saw to 1 3/4" wide.
2.  Determine the size of the completed frame.
3.  Cut the four frame sides to the correct length.  I do this by cutting the corner miters at the same time.
4.  Cut the dado on the back side of the frame pieces to receive the 1/4" frame backing.
5.. Measure and cut the frame backing out of 1/4" plywood.

5.  Assemble the frame sides with brads and glue.  If you wish to paint the frame backing, now is the time to do that.

6.  After the frame and backing are assembled, position and glue the Santa in place.

When I sell and/or gift these pieces, I attach hanging hardware to the back and include a small easel on which to display the framed Santa.  I make the small easels, but most craft stores sell them for just a few bucks.

Just something a little different, and not so hard to make...

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