Impress everybody you know with this very simple wooden Easter Egg! This project was made from 100% scrapwood, and could easily made with anything else! So what be the best gift for Easter, obviously a Handmade Wooden Easter Egg, so without further delay; let's get started!
For this project you will need:
Wood: (Walnut 1/2in. thick. x2) (Mahogany 3/16in. thick. x1) (Alder 1/4in. thick. x2)
Wood Glue: I used Gorilla wood glue, but you can use any brand that suits you.
Drill: A electric drill that plugs in using an extension cord.
Bolt: You will need a long bolt with 2 nuts.
Saw: I used a scroll saw for this project, but you can use a Coping saw if needed.
Drill bit: You will need a drill bit the same diameter of your bolt.
Clamp: You need a clamp, I used a metal clamp as seen in next steps.
Sand-paper: You'll need grits of sand-paper starting with 80, 120, 400, 1000, and 2000 grit.
OPTIONAL: Lathe, this project does not require a lathe as seen in images, but if you have one this project will be much easier. But the way i did it was for those who don't have a lathe to work with.
These are all the most necessary materials, but you will need: pencil, an oil/ finish, and something to trace your shape.
Step 1: Cut Out Your Circles.
For this first step you will be cutting out circles from all of your pieces of wood. The circle diameter is going to be about 1.5 in.. NOTE: Your Walnut must be 1/2in. thick, your Alder must be 1/4in. thick, and your Mahogany must be 3/16in. thick. I cut these circles on my ScrollSaw; if you don't have a scroll saw that's okay because anything will work too. Such as: coping saw, jewelry's saw, jig-saw, or hack-saw. Try to get your shapes as symmetrical as possible.
Step 2: Glue Your Pieces Together.
Now that your pieces are cut, get some wood glue and start glueing your pieces together. Try to keep them as aligned as possible. You will want to layer them in this order: Walnut, Alder, Mahogany, Alder, Walnut. Once glued up, let it set for 5 minutes and clamp them down. Leave them for about an hour or two before working with it again, you don't want a bad joint and have it fall apart on you.
Step 3: Drill Your Hole.
Now that your piece is glued up, take a drill bit the same size as your bolt and drill it in the exact middle of your circle. Pay very close attention, if you're using a hand-drill to drill this you need to be as straight as possible, because once you turn it, it's going to wobble quite a bit if it's not straight.
Step 4: Attach Your Bolt.
Now that your piece is glued, and drilled; take your bolt and put the piece on the bolt, through the hole, and then thread your nuts on either side of the piece. 'See Images'. Tighten them pretty well, because you don't want it coming apart while turning it. Once done, you're ready for the next step!
Step 5: Put Together Your Lathe.
Now you can put your mini lathe together. This is a bit dangerous, so I hold absolutely no responsibility for anything that happens to you, your equipment, or anyone else around you while performing this step or any other step.
So to start, you're going to put your drill in a vise. Try not to tighten it too hard, because you don't want it to rub against the plastic outer layer.
You can then put your piece (with the bolt on it) in your drill and tighten it. Tighten it as far as you think it'll go.
Now take the clamp you use to glue your piece, and put it on the trigger. This will keep the drill on while you turn it.
Step 6: Turn Your Egg.
Now you can turn your egg on your homemade lathe! What you want to do is take a chisel, or hollow chisel, (if you don't have one, you can use a regular knife) and start slow starting from the side of the piece, sliding to the other side of the piece removing small bits of material at a time. Slowly work your way to a desired shape, you don't want to dig in too hard into your piece, because it might chip the workpiece.
Step 7: Sand Your Final Shape.
Now that your egg is roughed out with the chisel, take sandpaper starting with 80 grit, on up to 120, 400, 1000, and finish it with 2000.
NOTE: Take your time with each grit, because you want every scratch out of your piece before moving to the next step. Because, if you decide you can sand out that little scratch in the next grit, by the time you get to 2000 grit that scratch will be starring right at you... forcing you to start from the beginning and sand out that scratch. So it's a very great idea to take your time, and don't rush it.
Once sanding to 2000 grit, your piece is practically done; just a few more steps and you're complete!
Step 8: Put on a Finish.
Now your piece is ready for a finish! What I used was Beeswax, you can use CA Glue, linseed oil, danish oil, tongue oil, etc... I like Beeswax because it takes out the depth of the wood, and reveals it's real color better than any other oil i've seen.
To oil it you'll out your drill on slow speed, and wiping the oil on your piece. Repeat this step about 5 times, and wipe it with a rag.
Step 9: Fill in Your Bolt Hole.
Now you need to fill in your bolt hole, if you want to keep this here and use it as a wall-hanger, or jewelry, or ornament that's fine; but i decided to fill the hole back in.
Here I used a Pine twig to fill it in, but now that my piece is finished I look at it and I wish I had used a Walnut dowel. So whatever wood you decide to use with this: Fill it with a dowel that is the same color as the top and bottom of your egg.
What you want to do is dab a bit of glue on the pin, and press it into the hole. It's okay if there's squeeze-out, because you can wipe it off and you will get a better bond with it being wiped into the joint. Once dry, make sure it's flush with the bottom of the egg.
Step 10: Finished!
Now your project is finished! All you need to do basically is take a piece of leather, wool, or lens-cloth, and start rubbing the egg. All this will do is put a better polish on your piece.
So that's it! How to make a simple wooden egg with 100% scrap material. Not only is this project easy, but it can be done with just a few tools and some confidence. Whoever you give this to, or even if you decide to keep it; it will be enjoyed for generations to come.
So there's an egg that the Easter Bunny will be jealous of!
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