Thursday, May 21, 2020

How To Build A Display Base

Hi everyone!  Today I'd like to share how I made this simple display base for a punch needle eagle I designed. I wanted a base that I could mount 3 flags so this is simply made with 2 pieces of pine to lift the eagle up and adapt to being a flag holder. Follow along with me and ill show you how I  made it using Proxxon tools!

  • Proxxon Micro Bandsaw
  • Proxxon Delta Sander
  • Proxxon Power Carver
  • 3/4" scrap pine board
  • Wood glue
  • Plaid Paint black 
  • Mat finish spray polyurathane

I determined the size I made by the base of the oil can that my punch needle piece is mounted on. I drew a circle about a 1/2" larger and cut out with the Proxxon micro bandsaw. I cut out a second piece a half inch larger and extended it out and squared it off

I then stacked the smaller circle on top of the second piece to check for fit.

Next I decided where I wanted to drill the holes for my flags  I marked them and drilled them.

Next I centered the oil can on the circle and drew a line around it. Using the Proxxon Power Carver I removed some of the wood in the center so my oil can will be a tiny bit recessed.  I sanded everything with the Proxxon Delta Sander, rounding the edges.

Glue the two pieces together.

Lastly paint with Plaid Paint.  I chose black


I then sprayed with a mat finish polyurathane

Thanks for following along with me...Colleen :)

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Whimsical Bird Plant Stakes

Brighten your outdoor garden or indoor plants with these whimsical plant stakes.

Supplies and Equipment

  1. Mount the pattern on the blank. To mount the pattern on the blank cover one side of the blank with painter's tape. Mist the back side of the pattern with spray adhesive, and mount on the taped blank. The painter's tape made removal of the pattern easy without leaving any sticky residue.
  2. Cut straight edges of bird body on the band saw.
  3. Cut curved edges of bird body and wings on the scroll saw. Note: The entire pattern can be cut on the scroll saw.
  4. Round the corners of the tail and bottom of body of bird one on the disc sander.
  5. Mark the center bottom on each bird body.
  6. Using the rotary tool and drill stand, drill a hole the appropriate size to accommodate the skewer or dowel rod in the center bottom of the bird body.
  7. Sand all surfaces with the Delta sander.
  8. Paint pieces with acrylic paints.
  9. Glue the wings in place with wood adhesive.
  10. Glue skewer or dowel rod in place with wood adhesive.


Friday, May 15, 2020

How to make a swinging chair bird feeder

Hi everyone.   Hope you are all enjoying early spring this year.  I know it is a bit different than are usual with the virus and all, but I am choosing to look at this as an opportunity of time.   We have time now to pursue our hobbies if we want to.   Today I want to show you how to make a cute little birdfeeder.   I saw something similar at my friend's house and thought it was cute, so I came home, drew a picture and then some plans.   We can make this!!

Supplies and equipment:

1/4" plywood
1" nails
wood glue
6" of 12-14 gauge wire
chain or string to hang feeder
paint primer  
sealer of your choice

First thing I did was to lay out my pattern on my piece of plywood.   I chose to cut the tray pieces using the Proxxon mini table saw.   It is soooo very much easier putting a "box" together if the pieces are cut straight and square.  Proxxon's mini table saw is a precision instrument and perfect for this job.  I used the fence to ensure perfect straight cuts.

I used the Proxxon mini bandsaw to make my cuts in the chair part of this project.

Now that my pieces are cut, I will start the assembly.   First to build the feeder box.   I want to glue and then nail my sides to the bottom.   I have only one corner clamp so I will do one corner first with glue and the clamp then let it dry well.   I am determined to keep this thing square.

When it is dry I use small nails to add strength to the joint, then I do the opposite side.

To make the chair back from my cut pieces I lay out the back pieces and spread them so they have equal spaces between them.  I want them to span 10 inches (across the back of the box.)and leave 1/2" at each end.  Then I nail them to the back brace.  The top of the brace should be 4 1/4" from the bottom.  This is going to support the arm of the chair.  Glue it then nail them.


Add the arm supports to the side of the chair and secure them with glue and nails, then lay the arm with the pointy end towards the back, supported on the back brace and the rounded end nailed to the  supports.  

Sand everything really well using the Proxxon OZI/E delta sander.  This sander is made to get into all the nooks and crannies.  

Time to decorate.   But, first things first.   This is going outside so I paint every exposed piece with some Kilz It primer.  Pay special attention the the end grains as they are prone to suck up moisture if not sealed well.   When the primer is dry.  Paint as you like.   I chose a beach scene.   I used Plaid paints for their vibrant colors.  

My plaid paint palette is as follows:   902 Taffy, 524E Calypso sky, 2050 Black, 
  20225E bright blue, 99262E Aqua sky, 21482E bimini blue, 21884E Snow white,  21473E pale daffodil.
When the paint is dry, be sure to seal it with the sealer of your choice.  I used Krylon triple thick as it doesn't seem to break down or yellow when exposed outdoors. 

To hang it I used the Proxxon professional rotary tool to drill a hole in each arm at the point where the chair would sit level.  I determined this by using one finger to support the chair on either side till I found the perfect spot.   Then I took my wire and made a loop slipping the other side through the hole where I bent it and it so it wouldn't slip out.

I suggest a light chain to hang it but I used clothesline cord because....well it is what I had on hand.😅
Find a pretty place and hang it.  I've never had a bird feeder that the birds didn't love!!

Thanks for visiting.   Thank you Proxxon for providing the fine tools used in this blog.   And thank you Plaid for your fine paint.  If you enjoyed this please leave a short comment so I know you've been here.   Thanks so much!

Hope to see you next time.   Take care,  Carol

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Dollhouse: How To Make Hardwood Floors From Popsicle Sticks

Hello, my name is Candy Rosenberg.  I am known as "A Vintage Girl," in the craft industry.  However, I recently became a member of the Proxxon Tool Design Team, I got my table saw and sander last week. I am new to the rabbit hole I call my new obsession, dollhouses, and miniatures.  I was wondering how I was possibly going to make tiny things without tiny tools, well that is where Proxxon comes in.  These tools are just as strong and durable as their larger counterparts and make a hobbyists work so much easier.  Here are the two tools that I received to share with you, the Table Saw EFT and Delta Sander.
I will be sharing my dollhouse adventures the second Saturday of each month, looking forward to throwing down some serious projects!

I am in the flooring stage of my dollhouse, a Colonial-style house that I purchased pre-built on the main structure.  The walls, stairs, windows, and doors were all in a bag.  This allows me to work on the walls and flooring before putting walls up.  I know I want hardwood floors pretty much throughout, so off to my Dollhouse Facebook Groups for some research.  Popsicle sticks and coffee stirrers were the answer.  So many different ways to do it, but you do have to cut off the rounded edges.  The Proxxon table saw is perfect for this task.

This is a quick 2-minute video showing you the actual cutting of the popsicle sticks to see how easy and fast it was to create the pieces for the floor.  

This is my current dollhouse, I have 5 more in boxes ready to go after this one.  It is a large one and is a Colonial style.  We will be working on the floors, paneling for the walls and shutters for the windows next.  So be sure to come back the second Saturday of each month to see what I have accomplished.

In all my research, because I will be honest, I am new to dollhouse construction so I had to find information on how best to do the hardwood floors.  One of the key elements is to put it on something then put in the dollhouse so that you are not stuck with it forever.  This is my first try, so bear with me.  I grabbed a Fedex envelope because it is so thin once you cut it open.  I used this for my template.

Using Beacon Adhesives Timber Grip wood glue, I applied the pieces of cut popsicle sticks.  Remember to sand down the ends first.

Start laying out your pattern.  Most popsicle sticks have varied colors so keep that in mind as you apply them to your template.

There are many more steps once you get the floor down, there are so many options for finishing it.  This photo is from Meaningful Mama, a dollhouse blog.  Mine will not be finished for several weeks, but I will be sure to share it when it is done.
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Thank you for stopping by and welcome to my Rabbit Hole!

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Birthday Gift Bags with Wood Scraps

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today with showing you how to use scraps of wood to decorate gift bags.

While we are home bound and parties are put on hold, our lives go on and that includes birthdays.  So I decided to take this time to create gift bags for those individuals we can't see and celebrate with at this time.

Using some left over scraps of wood, I used the Scroll Saw to cut the wood into party hat shapes then used the Delta Sander to sand down the rough edges.

After painting each with Plaid paints, I stamped and embossed each with a party stamp.  Then I used the Bench Drill Press to put a hole in each through which I threaded twine.

After decorating the gift bags, I tied the wood scraps to the handles like gift tags.

Thanks for stopping by.