Thanx, Derek! Coming from you, that means a lot! I chose to notch the steering bar instead of drilling, simply because I was afraid of splitting it, & I didn't want to have to make another, even though the drilling method looks much nicer, IMO. If I had thought about it, I would've drilled it FIRST, before cutting it out, in which case splitting it wouldn't have mattered. I also took a shortcut on the underside, by not cutting the arch shape into the bottom of the 2 deck support bars. Thanx again! :-)
Am I the only one who's made this?
First of all, let me say a great big THANK YOU to D Oliver for creating the original, & especially for sharing the template, thereby making it possible for us paeans to reproduce such an outstanding little craft item! For me, this was a labor intensive project, as I had to produce it the old-fashioned way, with a razor knife, & hours of tedious, meticulous hand filing with tiny little jeweler's files! All told, this project took me about 8 hours to complete! While mine can't compete with the superb craftsmanship of the woodworking master D Oliver, I still like to think it's a fairly reasonable facsimile, especially for my first attempt, & given the methods I had to resort to in order to accomplish the task.
Popsicle Stick Sled Ornament