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    Making an owl bank for a new baby gift (their theme is owls) and I'm having a problem with the eyes!! It's from the book Wooden Banks You Can Make" by Harvey E. Helm.
    Together.jpg

    For the eye you are suppose to make the ring around the eye by using a hole saw and drill in 1/8".
    Together2.jpg

    Then take a spade drill bit and and drill in the middle of that. Well, first off, I used willow for the bank. May not have been a wise choice as it is soft and "fibery". When I use the hole saw I get this:
    Eye2.jpg
    Also on this one I used a forstner bit as I didn't like the way the spade bit made the deep small hole. As you can tell I didn't get it lined up and the center hole is not in the middle.

    After much sanding I finally ended up with it looking like this:
    Eye.jpg
    This one was done with the spade bit... which, looking at it again I guess it doesn't look too bad. But does anyone have any i dea how to get the ring around the eye without using a hole saw??
    Cathy in NE

    "While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about." - Anonymous

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    Cathy take a 1 inch dowel round it over and sand it real smooth then using a wood burner char the rounded part until it is totally black then using gloss tung oil put several coats on the "eye" until it really looks like an eye. I saw someone do this for a carved chipmunk and it's eye looked real. Just a thought.

    DW
    Life is hard. It is even harder when you are being stupid.
    John Wayne

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