Saturday, July 27, 2019

Making cute wooden houses with Proxxon Tools!

Supplies needed for this Project:

Proxxon Table Saw
Proxxon Band Saw
Proxxon Delta Sander
Plaid Paints (Regular Acrylics, Color Shift Acrylics, Dragonfly Glaze & Extreme Glitter)
Embossing Powders
Paint Brushes
Heat Tool
Cup of water to clean brushes
Dyan Reaveley Paint Pen (black)
3/4"  Piece of wood
Pencil to draw pattern onto board
White Gesso

Each one of the wooden houses were 4" across but the roofs were all different. After drawing the houses onto the board that was used in this project, each one of the houses was cut apart with the Proxxon Table Saw

The Proxxon Band Saw was used to cut the different shapes of the roofs on the houses.

After all of the houses were cut out it was time to sand the edges smooth with the Proxxon Delta Sander

After painting the houses all over with some White Gesso use the Plaid Color Shift and Dragonfly glaze paint to paint the bottom part of each one of the houses. 

After using the Plaid Color Shift and Dragonfly Glaze to paint the bottom part of each house use your imagination to texture your roofs. Embossing powders were used on two of the roofs, one had copper tape used to create a roof that was different and a very thin multi-colored metal tape was used for another roof. Make each one different and unique, think outside the box. Use the regular acrylics to paint foliage on the front of the houses and different paints for the doors. You can use regular white acrylic paint to make the windows and the Dyan Reaveley black paint pen to draw the windows.

Since the wood was 3/4" thick you don't need anything to help the houses to stand up, they can stand on their own. This is another simple project that leaves you with some great results.  You can also make them look like journal pages of sorts with all manner of embellishments. You are only limited by your own imagination.

I hope you enjoyed this project and I hope you leave a comment below as I do read them. Thanks to Proxxon and Plaid for giving us the means to create as we do. Enjoy!!


Friday, July 19, 2019

How to make a simple bread knife

Hi everyone.  It's me again, Carol, trying to improve on something wherever I can.  Here is today's story:
We have fruit trees!   Lots and lots of fruit trees and this has been an abundant, or rather super abundant year for fruit.   Well this is great of course, but by necessity leads to jams and jellies.   Well I spent the whole day making peach jam which turned out beautiful, but then ....OMG no bread in the house, so no toast  and it's raining and ..Well I finally quit whining  and made some bread.  So  I made the bread and it's all good, but my slices are, let's say, less than perfect, some fat, some thin.   I decided I will prepare for next time and make a knife that will let me cut perfect slices all the time!👍        Pssst.... that is my knife in the picture...

This is a simple project, made even simpler because I have Proxxon tools which are just perfect for this project.

Supplies and Equipment.

1/2" thick  2" x 12" piece of wood.  
7 1/2" cutter  
(this can be the cutter from the saran wrap or a piece from an old bandsaw blade)
2 small screws
Proxxon rotary tool with small drill bit
strong wood glue, (I used water activated gorilla glue)
Here is the plan I made for this project.   
The first thing I did was to draw out my pattern measuring with my Kapro measure mate 313.
I used the Proxxon mini bandsaw to cut out my pattern.

I used an old bandsaw blade as my "cutter".  Using pliers I just bent it where I wanted it to break and it did.    I laid it on my newly cut "bread knife and outlined where it would lay.

Using a cutting blade on the Proxxon OZI/E delta sander I cut out a shallow groove for the blade to lay in   (see below)  The oscillating cutter worked great!!

Next I laid the blade in the grove, If you lay the knife on the flat side the cutting side will be facing down.   Then I glued the small pieces we cut on top of each end and clamped them until it was good and dry.  

Using the Proxxon professional rotary tool and a small drill bit, I drilled a pilot hole through the little piece directly over where the sawblade lay.  ⮟  This happens on both ends.

Then I screwed a small screw into each hole.   This hits the sawblade square in the middle and makes it tight. Tighten it firmly, but don't overdo it.

Now everything gets a good sanding using the OZI/E delta sander.   All corners and rough edges are removed easily.   I then applied a butcher block sealer as this is food safe and will protect the knife.

Bring on the bread! Using my knife now my slices are 3/4" thick, everyone of them.  

You know that was easy.   It took me longer to tell you about it than it took to make it.  
This is an easy beginner project.  I hope you enjoyed it.  

Thanks' to Proxxon, those tools are awesome!
Thank you all for visiting.   Catch ya next time  Carol

Thursday, July 18, 2019


  Stove boards or sometimes known as noodle boards sit on the top of your stove covering your burners. They can be functional as a tray or just give you a little extra counter space when not using the stove. Follow along with me and I'll show you how I made one,

  Proxxon Micro Band Saw
  Proxxon Table Saw
  Proxxon Delta Sander
  1/2' sanded birch plywood
  3/4" pine boards, 4" wide
  Blk Paint Pen
  Wood Glue
  1" Brads and Brad Nailer
  Wood Stain

Measure the top of the stove. subtract 1 1/2" from the length and 3/4" from the width. Transfer these dimensions to your plywood.

Cut out with my Proxxon Micro Band Saw and sand any rough edges with the Proxxon Delta Sander,

It can be left plain but I chose to make it look old by painting on some vintage style topography with the blk paint pen,

Next cut the back and sides from the 3/4" pine boards using the Proxxon Table Saw.. Cut the back first.then the two sides. I drew a slope on each of the side pieces and cut out with the band saw,

Glue and nail back on then the two sides. Sand everything.

Stain with the color of your choice.

Finish with 2 coats of satin polyurethane.

I hope you enjoyed my project as much as I did making it.   Colleen

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Life is better in Flip Flops

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today with a Summer Project.  We all know that Summer is better in flip flops so I decided to create a  project featuring flip flops, the best Summer accessory.  With so many Proxxon tools available to use, this project came together quickly.

I drew the flip flops on a wood panel, being sure they were joined in one spot.

Using the Scroll Saw, I cut around the pattern.

I used the Bench Drill Press to create the holes for the twine.

The Disc Sander was used to sand the rough edges.

Then I used the Delta Sander to sand down the edges that the Disc Sander couldn't reach.  This is a great sander.  The design allows you to get into the smallest of spaces.

Now the design was ready, I painted it with Plaid Folk Art paint in Pale Yellow.

Once dry, I used a stencil with Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray in Tangelo.

I wanted some more texture and dimension so I placed a floral stencil from The Crafter's Workshop on the flip flops and used modeling paste.

Once the modeling paste had dried, I replaced the stencil and spritzed it with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Lilac Posies - love this color!

Nothing screams beach like sand and sea shells so I created sea shells from Makin's White Clay and a push mold, then added them to the flip flops surrounded by mini art stones and string.   I used Mod Podge Spray on Adhesive to adhere these elements and added a sprtiz over them to seal them.   Finally, I used a small Adventure stencil from The Crafter's Workshop with modeling paste above the shells and some dew drops from The Robin's Nest about the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

How to Make an American Girl Bean Bag Toss Game

My granddaughter suggested this project after she saw my floating wine bottle pillar. She said all I needed to do was add more holes for a bean bag toss game for her dolls.

Supplies and Equipment for the Bean Bag Toss Game

  1. Use the table saw to cut the plywood to size using the auxiliary stop as necessary.
  2. Use the bandsaw to cut two 2½" long pieces of ¼" dowel.
  3. Use a quarter to mark the rounded corners of the game board.
  4. Round the corners using the disc sander.
  5. Use the template to mark the centers of the large holes and the position of the ¼" holes for the dowels.
  6. Use the drill press to drill the ¼" holes and the centers of the large holes.
  7. Use the scroll saw or a hole saw to cut the large holes. If using the scroll saw, mount the pattern onto the board, thread the blade through a center hole, and cut out the circle following the pattern.
  8. Mount the rotary tool in the drill stand, and rotate it 90°. 
  9. Use a sanding drum to sand the insides of the large game board holes.
  10. Sand the surfaces with the Delta sander using progressively finer grits of sandpaper.
  11. Glue the dowels in the ¼" holes at the top of the game board.
  12. When the glue has thoroughly dried, paint and finish the game board.
  13. Optionally, add numbers for scoring.
Note: I made tiny 1¼" square bean bags from fabric scraps and filled them with rice. Alternatively, you could use a small bouncing ball or jack ball.