Carved Bird Key Holder
Holley Bakich carves a delightful blue bird key holder.
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Holley Bakich converted her basement into a woodshop and works on her projects whenever she gets time away from her day job.
Materials and Tools:
2" x 6' beech wood (2" thick about 6 feet long)
5 short wood dowels, 1/4" in diameter
scrap 3/4" plywood
4 or 5 cup hooks
wood carving bits for the flexible shaft machine
sanding bits for the flex shaft
screws and wire for the hanger
spindle and belt sander
acrylic paint: blue, white, yellow, black
leather safety gloves
power drill with 1/4" bit
painter’s blue tape
1. Draw the selected design (bird) to size on paper and trace over it with a permanent marker. Cut out the design with scissors.
2. Transfer the design to the wood by taping small pieces of painter’s blue tape to the design and tracing around it with a sharp ballpoint pen. This creates a groove in the soft wood. Trace over the grooves with a pencil so they will be more visible when cutting the shape (figure A).
4. Attach the piece to the workbench by drilling 1/4-inch holes into a scrap piece of plywood around the piece and inserting small dowels into the holes. Wedge the piece inside the pegs (figure C).
5. Carve the design using chisels, gouges and a mallet.
6. Shape, smooth and trim the wood using planes and rasps (figure D).
7. Create detailed carving with wood carving bits in the flexible shaft machine.
9. Complete sanding with the spindle and belt sander and lots of hand sanding (figure F).
10. Prime the key holder to seal the wood.
11. Apply gesso to the key holder to prepare for painting.
13. To attach cup hooks, drill small pilot holes and screw the hooks into the carved key holder (figure H).
14. Create a wall hanging hook with screws and wire. Hang the carved key holder on the wall and store your key rings on the hooks.