I have, for some time now, been meaning to try out this fret saw of mine. I bought it at the beginning of the year and it has still not been used.
I have had wonderful dreams of making wooden figures and animals but i guess I worried it would be too hard and so have been putting it off.
Not any more!! The past few days I have made a few figures and the boys have been joining in. I chose to work in pine and went to the hardware shop and bought a pack of 1 inch thick pine boards to work with. I cut a board down to a more manageable size and printed out a simple shape of a dog that I liked.
I cut out the template and drew round it on to the wood. Then set about cutting it out. A little scary at first but actually not bad! I have also invested in a Dremel tool and used that to round off the edges. Then i used a fine sandpaper to smooth everything off properly!
I had so much fun with this that i made a couple of dogs, giraffes and a dinosaur!
Soon it was time to collect the boys from school. After a play at the park we came home and I showed them what I had been up to. I knew that they would want on on this as they love woodwork. Now I was on a mass making of dogs and bears! Brendan traced round the dog template and watched as I used the saw to cut out the shapes for him.
I gave him a quick lesson in Dremel safety and he was away! Smoothing of all the edges!