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Thread: NOVEMBER 2016 Project of the Month - The Dancing Christmas Tree!

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    Default NOVEMBER 2016 Project of the Month - The Dancing Christmas Tree!

    Hello,

    The kids are going to love this Dancing Christmas Tree novelty item during the holiday season (the adults will too)! A gentle swing of the pendulum causes the Christmas Tree to shake, shimmy and dance over the Snowflake-shaped base, seemingly under its own power!

    The project uses just the 1/16" Carving Bit and the 1/8" Cutting Bit. No other bits are required.

    The finished dimensions are about:5" wide x 7" deep x 11" tall.

    Main items you will need:

    1) The Project Files (included):

    • Cane-and-Snowflake.mpc
    • Tree_Base_Cane.mpc

    2) Boards with the following dimensions:

    Cane-and- Snowflake: 0.5" x 5.5" x 24"
    Tree_Base_Cane: 0.5" x 5.5" x 24"

    NOTE: Do not use boards that are smaller than specified above unless using an appropriate jig. Larger boards are fine.

    3) Two small screw eyes, 0.25" dia. dowel, seven 6mm x 3mm neodymium magnets (approx .25" dia. x .125" thick )

    4) Quick-set epoxy, wood glue, clamps, sandpaper, stain and/or paint and clear finish

    5) Suggested additional tools:
    Pin nailer and drill or drill press, a belt or disc sander, Dremel-type rotary tool with assorted sanding wheels and bits to sand small details and speed up preparation for finishing.

    Apply your choice of finish. Here’s what I used on my Dancing Christmas Tree sample made from Select Pine.

    Snowflake:
    • Two coats of thinned Zinsser Bulls Eye Seal Coat
    (50% denatured alcohol and 50% Seal Coat), sanding after each coat
    • Several coats of gloss Krylon Clear Acrylic spray

    Base:
    • Applied Rust-Oleum Cabernet stain (except glue area)
    • Several coats of gloss Krylon Clear Acrylic spray

    Cane:
    • Wrapped painter’s tape around cane
    • Applied several coats of gloss Krylon Clear Acrylic spray to seal the exposed wood very well
    • Removed tape, then applied Rust-Oleum Cabernet stain and wiped off excess to yield “candy stripes”
    • Several coats of gloss Krylon Clear Acrylic spray

    Tree:
    • Applied green and white acrylic craft paints
    • Several coats of gloss Krylon Clear Acrylic spray
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Dancing_Christmas_Tree_1_433x700.png   Dancing_Christmas_Tree_430x430.png  
    Michael T
    Happy Carving!


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    Looks like it will be a great project.

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    Super creative. Very nice.

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    Thanks! You can watch a video of the Dancing Tree in action by visiting the CarveBuddy Facebook page (link is in my signature below), or watch it at the following YouTube link:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JHn2vlDThw
    Michael T
    Happy Carving!


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    Very Clever! Another winner! Great job matching the music in the video! Thanks Michael!

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    What a great project, and very different from the usual CW projects!

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    Thank you!
    Michael T
    Happy Carving!


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