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« on: July 20, 2013 06:51:29 AM »

20 years ago I saw a spider home in a garden boutique catalog and thought it was absolutely adorable.  But the price tag was not.  I could not afford it and I remember thinking I could probably build that.  And I've been thinking that for 2 decades, always afraid to actually attempt it.  The Harry Potter Craftalong Portkey project provided me with the proper motivation try.  First I took a piece of the kids' finger painting paper (it's bigger than copy paper) and made a square.  Then I folded that square into an octagon.  When I had an octagon I cut the far edge of the folded octagon the width of of lumber, which happened to be just under 1 1/2.  When I opened the trimmed octagon I had the outline of my spider home. Smiley  I cut one side of the octagon out and then I had my pattern! Smiley  I traced the pattern onto my lumber and cut the pieces out with my scroll saw.  I TRIED to toe nail the pieces together at the top.  This did NOT work as well as I would have liked.  I discovered that laying the two pieces I was trying to connect on the floor and then toenailing them from the side worked REALLY well.  I used a brad gun.  I nailed each piece from both sides.  I drilled a hole for my dowel into one piece before  started nailing the pieces together.  I both glued and nailed the dowel into place.  I'm very excited that I was able to build something I've wanted to build for so long.  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2013 07:34:32 AM »

Absolutely love! Please let us know if you get an argiope!!!
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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2013 06:17:39 PM »

I've never heard of this before, but I can sure see why a spider would love to weave a web on it.  Looks like you did a bang up job making it.
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2013 12:16:50 PM »

This is such a cool concept! I actually love that it took you so long to get around to it. If only because it gives me hope that I might one day get to the things that have been on my own list for years!  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2013 07:51:13 AM »

What a great idea! I'd love to hear if you get any new residents Smiley
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