Honestly I make other stuff besides cutting boards…

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So I do make other things besides cutting boards, just seems like that’s what gets posted most often.  The bottom two boards were Anniversary/Christmas presents for my parents and in-laws.  They were both well received, and unfortunately are rarely used “because they’re just too nice”.  The top board was meant to be the same as the bottom two, but since the glue up wasn’t as flat as it could have been, I had a few exciting passes through the planer (read “projectile cutting board”).  Anyways, the rectangular board got smaller and smaller, until it became a square board.  Worked out in the end.

All boards are made from maple and walnut, food safe glue, and some colourful acrylic accent paint.  Finished with food-safe mineral oil.  The small one was put on Etsy and sold a few weeks ago!

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52 Create – Craftvent Calendar, Day 12

52 Create, my weekly creative output for 2011.  Continuing along with my “Craftvent” calendar for my 2 year old daughter.  Simply put, it’s an advent calendar filled with crafts, all home made, many will be joint projects so she gets some fun of making stuff as well.

Day 12 – I’ve been saving toilet paper rolls for a while now, had a few craft ideas for them but have never got around to using them.  Had an idea this morning for a little santa claus, and here it is!  It’s pretty sturdy, but the hat is only held on with some tape so I don’t think it’ll last too long with my little turkey.  The trees are back from Day 2

My other Craftvent Calendar Crafts

52 Create – Craftvent Calendar, Day 11

52 Create, my weekly creative output for 2011.  Continuing along with my “Craftvent” calendar for my 2 year old daughter.  Simply put, it’s an advent calendar filled with crafts, all home made, many will be joint projects so she gets some fun of making stuff as well.

 

Day 11 – While a lot of these advent crafts have been Christmas related, that was never a requirement, so today I made my daughter some Origami stars.  They are quite small (bout 3cm tall) which always seems to be more fun for little kids.  They are also quite sturdy so will likely last through playtime a bit longer than some of the other crafts.

 

My other Craftvent Calendar Crafts

52 Create – Craftvent Calendar, Day 10

52 Create, my weekly creative output for 2011.  Continuing along with my “Craftvent” calendar for my 2 year old daughter.  Simply put, it’s an advent calendar filled with crafts, all home made, many will be joint projects so she gets some fun of making stuff as well.

Day 10 – Grandma sent a Christmas tree wall decal, so today we made some paper presents to stick underneath the tree.  I cut them out and then we both coloured and stickered them.  Pretty quick little craft but we both had a great time doing it.

 

My other Craftvent Calendar Crafts

52 Create – Cardboard Doll Crib

 

 

 

 

52 Create, my weekly creative output for 2011…  Decided to take it up a notch after last week’s binoculars.  I’m trying to keep the projects simple enough that I don’t need to go buy tools, yet at least interesting and challenging at the same time.  The one thing you can count on in Paris is free cardboard.  You can almost always find some good quality cardboard lying against buildings or on top of garbage cans, and while it’s not as nice to work with as say plywood, it is free!  There’s also always lots of chip board, but since I only have an exacto knife, it isn’t really practical to use.

My daughter has been the proud owner of a doll for almost a month now.  Her Grandma made her doll some clothes, and so I felt I should step up and make her a little crib.  It’s made of double thick cardboard and fits together with slots (ie. no glue or tape).  It is easy to take apart and pack flat should we need to move, and it’s light enough that she can easily move it around our tiny apartment.  So far it’s been a hit, with “baby” often getting rocked to sleep.

My other 52 Create projects.

52 Create – End Grain Cutting Board

52 Create – my weekly creative project for 2011. While I am extremely pleased with how this week’s project turned out, I’m quite surprised I made anything at all.  In the past week I had friends visiting, 2 dinner parties, 2 birthdays, and a wedding.  Sunday was of course mother’s day and I had nothing prepared, but having just bought a thickness planer (Rigid 4330) I felt that a cutting board might be in order.

It seems as though an end grain cutting board is a bit of a right of passage for a wood worker.  Not owning a planer, I had shied away from this project in the past.  I was pleasantly surprised how easy this project was and how well it turned out.  The board is made of maple and walnut left over from other projects.  Glued together with Titebond II (waterproof) and finished with mineral oil which is food safe.

As this was my first attempt I didn’t go too crazy with the pattern and I also wasn’t exactly sure on the final dimensions, so it’s a bit of an odd shape, but perfect it seems for a loaf of bread.

My other 52 Create projects.