Every holiday season, my wife complains about how we don't have any cool handmade ornaments to hang on our Christmas tree. This year I agreed to finally start the tradition of making the members of our family a new ornament each year.
I made a replica of my wife's Kitchen Aid stand mixer for her, and a copy of my cordless drill for myself.
I began this project with just a few bits of scrap wood, and after many hours of work, these are what I ended up with. I hope you like them. Thanks for taking the time to check this out.
Step 1: Shaping the Drill
The drill was fairly straight-forward, so I'll begin with it.
I drew out the shape of a drill on some scrap material, and used a jigsaw to cut it out. I used my rotary tool to further carve down the shape. Sanding attachments were used to smooth out the shape, and it was finish sanded by hand.
Clamps were used to carefully hold down the item to my table as I worked on it.
Step 2: Painting Base Coat on Drill
The piece was primed and then sanded with 220 grit sandpaper. It's important to always prime and sand before the final color is added. It makes all the difference.
Light coats of yellow spray paint were added. The key to a good finish is to spray on many light coats rather than a couple of heavy ones.
Step 3: Mixer Top Section
The top of the mixer was carved from a couple of pieces of an old broom handle.
Wood filler was used to fill in cracks, and a small dowel was added to complete the front detail of the mixer top.
Step 4: Mixer Stand
A jigsaw was used to cut out the pieces for the stand. These were all glued and clamped together.
I used my rotary tool to carve down the shape and sand it smooth. Wood filler was used to fill in any gaps and cracks, and the piece was finish sanded with 220 by hand.
Step 5: Mixing Bowl
The bowl was made from two pieces of wood glued together, and then shaped with the rotary tool using various bits. This was finish sanded by hand with 220.
Step 6: Connect Mixer Top to Stand
The mixer top was glued to the stand with the help of a small dowel to strengthen the bond. The bowl was not attached at this point.
Step 7: Painting Base Coat on Mixer
The mixer and bowl were primed and sanded, and received their base coats of paint.
Step 8: Drill Details
Basic details for the drill were painted on with a small brush. Finer details were painted on using toothpicks or drawn on with a sharpie.
A 1/16" bit was glued into the drill using super glue.
Step 9: Mixer Details
The mixer and bowl details were added in the same fashion as the drill, using a fine brush, toothpicks, and a sharpie.
The knobs are the ends of sewing pins, painted and glued into pre-drilled holes.
The bowl was glued to the mixer base with wood glue after the paint was scraped away from the areas to be glued. A small piece of dowel was painted and added to represent the mixing attachment.
After all the paint and sharpie marks were thoroughly dry, both the drill and the mixer were sprayed with a few coats of crystal clear acrylic gloss spray to finish them off.
Step 10: Finishing Touches
Screw eyes were added along with some silver thread to compete the ornaments.
That's it. Thanks again for looking!