4 Season Indoor Weather Stations


1- Claro Walnut and Cherry

1- Black Walnut and Quilted Maple


December 2011


Here are a couple small gifts I made this year (with a little help from my artistic son James) that I'm fairly proud of.  These are indoor weather stations.  My son drew pictures on 5X7" pieces of poster board that I cut out.  The pictures are for my daughter Carly and my father-in-law Ernie.  Each got 4 pictures to represent each of the seasons and something each would be doing during each season.  Nothing too fancy about the construction here but I'm pretty happy with the concept and how they came together.

I did have to buy one specialty tool, which was this medieval looking forstner bit for my drill press to enable boring for the clock movements and weather instruments.

Here's a fair illustration of one of the assemblies prior to finishing and gluing in the pictures.

This sort of shows how the frames slide behind each other....

Carly's winter picture.  Her and James playing in the snow...

Ernie's winter picture.  Steelhead fishing..

Ernie's spring picture.  Turkey hunting....

Carly's spring picture.  Blowing bubbles with James.

Unfortunately, I ran out of wood for the frames so I still need to finish them up.  Here are the rest of the pictures though. 

Ernie's fall picture.  Bow hunting for deer...

Ernie's summer picture.  Trolling for Kokanee (probably the most ferocious kokanee I've ever seen!)......

Carly's summer picture.  Rafting on the river....

Carly's fall picture.  going to college...

The pictures that are done were glued into the frames with Super 77 Spray Adhesive.  A skim-coat of Elmer's Glue-All was then applied over the paper to seal it.  Envirotex Lite resin was then poured over the top to add a nice shiny protective finish.  Overall, I'm quite pleased with the concept and results.  If I had one issue it's with the supposedly "snap in" instrumentation.  Some of them wanted to fall out until I put a little glue around the inside of the holes. 


Wood grain for page background:  Birdseye Maple

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