Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Tallahassee, Fl
Ok, here is the home stretch. I have sanded all my pieces to the desired shape, which for me is just softening the edges on everything. This part is up to you on how much you want round your pieces. I like the subtle approach. After shaping, I glue up my pieces utilizing my numbered pattern that has the wax paper over it. After gluing everything and letting it dry completely, I put the first coat of poly on. I let this dry, go over the piece with 1000 grit sand paper, then add another coat. I repeat this process until I get the desired finish. Now for the finishing touches. I cut out and glue the eyes and nose pattern to a piece of 1/4" plywood and cut them out. These have to be cut out pretty close to perfect. you will see why in a second. Cut right down the middle of the pattern lines for a perfect fit.