Monday, January 28, 2013

on nerdcrafts

At least that's what I like to call them.

Some people get all up in arms over the term 'nerd', but I don't feel like it's a terrible label to have nor do I think I can accurately label these crafts in a manner without using any so-called derogatory terms (geek, nerd, etc.) in a way that give's this category what it is due. I could label them just 'Crafts,' but I feel like they deserve to be categorized because of their niche group that they appeal to.

Before I post pictures I want to go over the fairly simple process of creating them.

Anyone who knows me or has seen the majority of my other wood-crafts knows that I rarely, if never, but any premade cutouts from Michael's, Hobby Lobby, or any other craft centric stores. They are ridiculously expensive and, generally, I can't get some of the shapes I'm looking for. So to save myself money in the long run, and for my own sanity, I buy sheets of plywood from Home Depot. Luckily I have a truck with a fairly large bed so I can fit it.

After, I use a jigsaw to cut out most of my shapes. If they are too intricate, I'll run to my handy-dandy scroll saw. I know this sounds scary, but it's really not! Jigsaws are both fairly inexpensive and easy to use. It just takes some practice!

After I have my shapes cut out, I use a palm sander to smooth out the edges and surfaces.

And finally, I paint them! I'm still working on getting better at this. I've never been one to be super artsy, so what I recreate is no where close to being perfect.

See? It's fairly easy. It just takes some practice to work out the kinks in using the jigsaw.

Now, onto the pictures! These are all that I could scrounge up for now, I'll probably edit to add more later on.

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