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post #41 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-14-2015, 04:24 AM
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Lovely work Charley. And thanks for sharing your experience in your detailed descriptions of the process.
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post #42 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-14-2015, 12:24 PM
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Thanks for all the info Charley. I started with a used China machine (still have it) with pin blades only and no blade release with the blade tension on the back bottom and did a 3D pattern for Christmas ointments and liked it but what a pain the saw was. I modified it and move the tension knob to the top and that was a little easier but have bought a new Excalibur 21" in and what a nice machine to use. I have some sample Flying Dutchman blades and they seem to work nice. I just have to get out in my small heated insulated shop to work with it more. Hope to get time in the shop over Christmas to some more. I have bought the 2 lights you had in your earlier article and they sure help me see better. thanks again for all the info from all.
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Has anyone tried making Reindeer yet? Anyone need help getting started?

I've been cutting the one inch size out of hard maple and making earrings from them. I gave up using wasn't strong enough for these little ones. I had 8 pairs ready and about to take a picture yesterday. Then the family arrived, and now there are none left for the photo shoot. I'm planning to make more today, and NOBODY is getting in my shop until I can at least get some pictures of them to post. I'm gluing pins on the backs of the intermediate sized reindeer, and a few of them were ready for the photo shoot, but they are gone now too. I've cut 391 reindeer (and counting) so far this year.
Another gross of Flying Dutchman #1R blades have been ordered, and they are on the way, but I'm running low.

Before trying to make reindeer this size I strongly advise making the 3 1/2" size from the plans that I posted. Get really good at these big ones before trying to do the little ones.

I've got a busy afternoon and evening ahead of me, because I need 6 pairs of earrings ready to take to the hospital gym tomorrow, to give to the nurses. (I work out 3 X per week there...Tomorrow will be my last day before Christmas to deliver them).


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