Friday, November 28, 2008

Just Big Enough

I love how our Honda minivan is just big enough for a 4x8 sheet of plywood. Fold down the back seat and remove the two middle seats, throw all the junk into the front seat and you can slide a sheet on plywood right in, barely.
The Mrs has this "antique" cardboard Santa Claus that she wanted mounted onto some sort of wood so that he can stand up without damage to the flimsy cardboard. So today I braved the Black Friday crowds and went to Lowe's to pick up a backing board for Santa. I chose a 1/4" 4'x4' Birch panel with really nice grain and just a couple small knots. I also picked up a 4x8 sheet of aforementioned plywood for the ongoing racetrack project.
And since Santa required some delicate cutting, he picked out an early Christmas present of a new jig saw! My old one would knock your false teeth out if the blade didn't fall out first. The new one is a basic Black and Decker with no bells or whistles but it worked beautifully.
With Santa's backing traced and cut, I spent a couple hours hand sanding the edges. Finally a quick coat of spray adhesive and he was pressed into place. Imagine Santa's surprise coming down the chimney and finding himself waving back!