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kenbo 08-31-2011 04:07 PM

shop elf door
 
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Someone I know asked me if I could make them a gnome door for their yard. They sent me a link to someones ETSY page to show me the shape of door that they wanted. The door was $40. They then gave me the dimensions of the one that they wanted which was more than double the size of the one on the net. The one on line was kind of dull if you ask me. Either way, I gave her a price for her double sized door and since I thought the price was fair, I purchased the hardware to make the door. Murphy's law states that purchasing the hardware doomed the "job". She said it was far too much money for what she wanted. Sounds to me, that she wanted the double sized door for the same price as the smaller one. People just don't want to pay for things these day. Either way, I had the hardware already purchased and I was in between projects so I thought that I would make myself a "shop elf" door for the entrance to my shop. Each door slat is individually cut and then the wood grain was carved into each piece with my dremel tool. I then burnt each piece with a torch to give it some contrast. Upholstery tacks for accents, and several coats of high gloss varnish and it's done. Kind of glad the woman didn't want the door, I kinda like it.


A distant shot
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And a close up showing some detail.
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Best part of this project, is that I was able to use up some scraps that would have normally gone to the wood stove.

gremlin 08-31-2011 08:28 PM

That's pretty good. I like the door knocker. Her loss, your gain.

pinokeeo 08-31-2011 11:39 PM

I don't get why folks want it for less if there's more work involved. I like your elf door.

del schisler 09-01-2011 02:23 PM

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Originally Posted by kenbo (Post 48299)
Someone I know asked me if I could make them a gnome door for their yard. They sent me a link to someones ETSY page to show me the shape of door that they wanted. The door was $40. They then gave me the dimensions of the one that they wanted which was more than double the size of the one on the net. The one on line was kind of dull if you ask me. Either way, I gave her a price for her double sized door and since I thought the price was fair, I purchased the hardware to make the door. Murphy's law states that purchasing the hardware doomed the "job". She said it was far too much money for what she wanted. Sounds to me, that she wanted the double sized door for the same price as the smaller one. People just don't want to pay for things these day. Either way, I had the hardware already purchased and I was in between projects so I thought that I would make myself a "shop elf" door for the entrance to my shop. Each door slat is individually cut and then the wood grain was carved into each piece with my dremel tool. I then burnt each piece with a torch to give it some contrast. Upholstery tacks for accents, and several coats of high gloss varnish and it's done. Kind of glad the woman didn't want the door, I kinda like it.


A distant shot
Attachment 5222






And a close up showing some detail.
Attachment 5223




Best part of this project, is that I was able to use up some scraps that would have normally gone to the wood stove.

I like the lion head with ring. That is what is used on the old mantel clock's. I figure you may know that tho.. LOOK"S good I would have to get very low to get thro the door Nice looking door.

libbie52 09-01-2011 11:37 PM

It is rather cute, and a conversation piece.

gma2rjc 09-05-2011 09:19 AM

That's very cute! The carved wood grain and upholstery tacks really add a lot of character.

If that lady sees this thread, she's going to be mad at herself. :yes:

Barb

Trud 09-06-2011 01:23 PM

It is awfully cute... but aren't you worried about what all those little elves will be doing in your shop when you aren't around, now that they can get in any time they want to? :)

Angela 09-06-2011 01:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Trud (Post 48459)
It is awfully cute... but aren't you worried about what all those little elves will be doing in your shop when you aren't around, now that they can get in any time they want to? :)

:laughing::laughing::laughing:

kenbo 09-06-2011 04:36 PM

The shop elves are my amigos!! They are the ones that keep my tools at their tip top best. Chisels at their sharpest and every machine perfectly calibrated. They know that I wont tolerate any tomfoolery and they know that they aren't allowed to be doing things all willy nilly and out of control. That's just the way of it.

DangerMouse 09-06-2011 06:39 PM

Be happy you have elves, I only have gremlins here...... they like to steal my most used tools and hide them all over the place.....

DM


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