When Bunny's brother saw my attempt
at a 3-D reindeer, he noticed that the wood grain was running
perpendicular to the neck:
and given that the neck might have been a bit thin, it's no wonder the
neck snapped like it did (I think his exact words were “I need to give him
a lesson on woodgrain direction!”).
So, that, the small size, and removing pieces as I cut, lead to a
decapitated 3-D reindeer. But now that I'm finally on vacation from The
Corporation, I felt it was time to tackle this project once more.
I printed the pattern 50% larger, left myself a bit more wood around the
edges to work with, aligned the woodgrain so that it was parallel to the
and I did not immediately remove pieces as I cut. This time, the results
were much better:
Some careful sanding with fine sandpaper (220 grit) and we get one nice
looking 3-D reindeer in time for Christmas.
(I should note that it's standing in front of a cutting board Bunny made
as a gift for a friend, and both are sitting on some red velvet, just
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