Why not spread a little cheer this Christmas by making our Christmas decoration come puzzle, with these Happy Snowmen that just cannot stop melting all over Christmas and at the same time spelling out HAPPY, did you notice?
It can either be attached to a plywood backing for hanging or left free standing with only the pieces of each Snowmen glued back together as we have here, and then left for the children to place together like a puzzle, they may need a little help in standing it up though, but that’s all part of the fun!
We have used Walnut and Sycamore, with a few colours added to brighten up the accessories!
First enlarge the pattern so it measures 370mm x 200mm and make 4 copies, 3 for cutting around and 1 to use as a reference.
Cut the pattern into sections leaving the lettering for Christmas in one continues piece to be placed along the length of the dark wood (across the grain), making sure that the bottom of the lettering lines up with the edge of the wood, and the individual Snowmen positioned onto the light wood (with the grain) along with the holly.
18. Rough sanding the Snowmen
The rough sanding is made using a disc sander and the aim is to create different height levels; which will ultimately make the more detailed sanding and shaping using the drum sander easier. So try to visualise as you go which pieces will remain high and which need to be lowered.
Start by marking the height of each letter onto the adjoining Snowmen
25. Fine Drum Sanding and Shaping
Now you can sand with the grain and remove any scratches left by the disc sander and round over the edges. A small diameter drum sander comes in very handy for gettin into those small curves, but always be mindful not to sand lower than the height lines of an adjoining piece.
Return each piece often to its position to see how it looks.