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Candy Corn Segmentation

Here’s a fun little project, jut in time for Halloween.  I used a cedar fence board to make these cute segmented candy corns.  It features a rough and rustic look.  I show you how to add a aged patina to the project for a vintage folk art feel.  This project can be easily batched out and finished very quickly to add to your spooky Halloween decor.  Enjoy the video!


Build Instructions:

1First, sand down some cedar fence boards from the home center ($2-3/board) with 80 grit sandpaper. Don’t sand it completely smooth, just enough to remove the splinters. We want it rough.

2 Sketch out the basic candy corn shape. It’s just a triangle with rounded corners. Two curved lines in the middle make up the candy corn color bands.

3Cut the board down to something more manageable.

4bCut them out on the scroll saw. I’m using a #9 scroll-reverse blade. Cut out the perimeter first, then come back and do the bands. Keep each set of pieces together.

5With a rotary tool and a small sanding drum, knock off the edges. Be a little rough with them so to give them an aged and worn look.

6Time to add paint. The bottom is orange, middle is yellow, and the top is white. Don’t get hung up on getting it perfect.

7With 80 grit sandpaper, sand each piece. Sand away the paint on the edges and high areas revealing some bare wood.

8Glue your pieces together. I’m using wood glue. They don’t need clamps, but be sure to clean out any glue squeeze out.

9aTime to add the weathering. I use a medium wood stain and paint it on really thick. With a clean rag, wipe off the excess and set aside to cure.

10 I use furniture wax to soften the feel and protect the wood. Glop it on thick and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then with a clean rag, buff off the extra wax. I use a toothbrush to get the wax out of the cracks and crevices. Set aside to cure.

11The wax will build up in the recesses, giving some parts a cloudy look. You can use a heat gun to melt the wax and let it soak back into the wood.

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Child Safe Finish For Toys

With all the news of toxic chemicals in toys made over seas, child-safe finishes have become a hot topic.  Cynthia Lewman from Toymaker Press put together a really nice tutorial on how to make your own non-toxic, child safe finish for toys.  This finish will display the beauty of the wood, but won’t hurt the little ones if they decide to chew on the toy before playing with it.  Be sure to check out Toymaker Press for some really cool toy patterns, too.

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Stack Cutting and Painting Your Projects

Many of us are afraid of painting our projects.  You may not know where to even start.  Well, here is a really neat series by Sheila Landry.  She shows you each step of the way from preparing the pattern, stack cutting, and painting a snowman for a winter scene. You can find the pattern she’s working on here.   Speaking of which, be sure to check out her other patterns, too.  She has a lot of great designs. On with the show!

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How to Build a Wood Toy Car

Natural wooden toys are becoming more and more popular, especially with the concerns of toxic materials in toys made overseas.  Here’s a neat video on how Sherman Francisco builds a toy car that he and his club donates to Toys For Tots.  He’s using the Ripsnorter pattern from Toymaker Press.  Be sure to check Toymaker Press out.  They have a lot of great desigs and even a couple free patterns you can try out.

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Homemade Spray Booth

homemade-spray-boothMy wife hates it when I spray finish my projects indoors.  She doesn’t like the smell and she worries about what’s floating around in the air.  Most of the time, I have to wait for her to go shopping.  Then I bolt downstairs with my spray can in one hand and an arm full of projects in the other and hope the smell dissapears before she gets home.

It would be great if I could find a way to finish my projects indoors without anybody being the wiser?  If I only had a spray booth.   Well Paul Adamson from Military Modeling has a great tutorial on how to make a small spraybooth out of materials you can find off the shelf.  Best of all, its small enough to store out of sight when you don’t need it.  He includes a detailed description of the process, along with several photographs.  Check it out.  It might be the next tool you need in your arsonal (and keep you out of the doghouse too).

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Ebonizing Wood

Allison of Wood Alley is an intarsia artist who is always in the need of ebony. Unfortunately the price tag attached to ebony is a bit steep. . .OK, a lot steep. When she came across an article on how to ebonize wood with vinegar and steel wool, she thought she’d try her hand at it. She wrote a wonderful article about her results. She has also included several pictures and a link to the original article. I’m sure someday you’re going to need some ebony for a project. And when your lumber supplier tells you how much it is, you’ll be glad you read this article!

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Leather Dyes On Wood

From time to time, we want to add a little color to our projects. But not just a little color; a lot of color. The kind that stands out and says “Look At Me!” But as woodworkers, it breaks our heart to cover up the beautiful grain of the wood. What are we to do? Use leather dyes! Leather dye has incredible vibrancy that can’t be found in traditional wood stain. It is one of the favorite coloring techniques of Sue Chrestensen of Chrestensen Burghout Designs. She has written a great article on how she uses leather dyes to really punch up her designs. Check it out. While you are there, check out the patterns they have to offer. Their patterns are fantastic and many of the examples use this technique. Very cool.

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