|Wood all marked up, lookin' shiny in the dim hallway lights.|
Step 3: Rig up a slightly dodgy-looking clamp assembly in your hallway, because it's too cold and dark for outside nonsense:
|This is the first outing for my 'table vice'. You can find marvelous things at Lidl.|
|There's a pre-step about charging your batteries, but your saw is probably more charge-holding than mine. Or not electric, in which case, fuel it with a banana, or some festive lebkuchen.|
Step 5: Cut along one of your diagonal lines to separate your houses from each other.
Step 6: Cut along each of the remaining diagonal half-lines to leave your house-shapes:
Step 7: Change the saw-attachment for the sanding attachment, for you are nothing if not lazy.
Step 8: Sand the roofs and edges of your little housies to make up for your shoddy sawing.
Step 9: Tidy up after yourself, you dreadful slattern:
Step 10: Mark out the features of your little housies with pencil:
Step 11: Select a tip for your burning iron, fit it and turn the thing on. This is yet another fabulous Lidl purchase, it's lots of fun, but you do have to be careful because it gets VERY HOT and the cord is quite short.
|We have the niftiest little multi-vac thing in our house - great for jobs like these, plus it's cordless, so you can only hoover for a maximum of 20 minutes.|
|Confession time: I only did this for the first one, I freehanded the second.|
Step 12: Carefully burn over the pencil lines, or freehand your way through it. Add a roofline because your girlfriend says it needs something at the top. Try to to hunch over your work too much or you will get hot smoke in your eyes and won't be able to see the table properly.
Step 13: Burn snowflakes onto a bunch of little wooden discs you have lying around that were sliced of the excess from your morris-dancing sticks, just so you don't waste the heat in your iron.
Step 14: Admire your handiwork and stretch your spine back into a more normal configuration. Ignore any alarming cracking noises. Sigh with relief.
|Finished products. I'm trying to decide whether I prefer the leaded lights of windowpanes. There might be a prize if anyone spots the difference.|
I think I could get quite the little production line going for these. I'll drill little holes in the snowflake discs and use them as gift tag/tree decoration combos. I may also wash the housies (or maybe just the doors) with a little paint or stain for colour.