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After searching for the perfect pool wall decoration for five years, Marlen Kemmet, managing editor of WOOD magazine, decided to build his own Woody wall hanging in his wood shop. Here's his story.
  • The task

    "Five years ago we added a pool to the back corner of our house," says Marlen Kemmet, managing editor of WOOD magazine. "The 20-foot-long wall on the right looked extremely bare," he says.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Inspiration: hot-pad holder

    "Since then, I've been looking for just the right project to make use of that barren expanse," he says. While working with a photographer in San Diego this summer Marlen and his wife stopped in a gift shop, and this hot-pad holder caught his eye. <br>"When I told my wife this was the basis for a pool-side wall hanging, she stated she was looking for something a bit larger and looked at me a bit strange. She said what a great idea it was, probably thinking it was a project that would never see the light of day. So, we bought the hot-pad holder."<br>

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • The design

    "I shared the hot-pad holder along with several images of Woodies with our oldest son Slade, and asked if he could draw a generic Woody image," Kemmet says. After a few revisions, they settled on this design.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • The enlarged image

    "Next, I hired an illustrator to scan Slade's image and create it digitally so we could enlarge it as necessary," he says. "And enlarge it we did, 4x8 feet, large enough to fit on a 4x8 foot sheet of exterior fiberboard. We had several copies of the full-sized patterns created as I wanted to 'layer' the Woody giving it more depth and detail. Then, Slade and Chelsy took the full-sized patterns, cut them to shape, and traced them onto the fiberboard as shown below."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Cutting window openings

    "Then, using a sharp hobby knife, Slade went to work cutting the window openings."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Cutting to shape

    "With the numerous patterns transferred to two sheets of fiberboard, Slade spent several hours carefully cutting each of the pieces to shape, starting with the back piece," Kemmet says.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Sanding, routing and laminating

    "Next, we sanded all the edges smooth to remove the cut marks," he says. "Then, I routed 3/8-inch rounds overs along the top edges of the pieces. Using Gorilla glue (which I'm still trying to get off my fingers), we laminated the second layer onto the base."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Positioning the pieces

    "Since there'd be a third layer, we laid out and marked where these pieces would be positioned, and then used screws in those areas to help hold the pieces together while the glue dried. The third layer will hide the screw heads later."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • The cut parts

    Here is the Woody with all the parts cut, except the surfboard.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • The finished product

    Here is the final mounted piece. "To best showcase Woody on our pool wall, we built a 6x10-foot frame of 1x4 stock, covered it with 1/2-inch exterior plywood, and covered that with galvanized metal roofing material," Kemmet says. "On the outside of that we added a French cleat with a mating beveled cleat on the back of Woody."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
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