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    Well I got it done. I still have to glue the eyes in place.
    I may use some sort of solar light to illuminate them from behind.

    I polished the aluminum with Mothers Aluminum polish and some disposable shop towels.

    The finished gecko is around 18" long and 10 inches wide.
    The legs are bent so the body will be raised off the fence that it will be mounted on.

    This is for a friends RV lot where his grandson comes to visit and is infatuated with Geckos.
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    Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21

  • #2
    Nice job Carl.

    (And I will not ask where you got a used stop sign)


    A thought: A gecko from a used stop sign. Now, if a stop sign is missing on a corner and an accident occurs, and if the car is insured by the company that has a talking gecko in their ads: that would definitely be ironic.
    DW788. -Have fun in the shop or it isn't a hobby anymore.

    NOTE: No trees were killed in the sending of this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.


    • #3
      I love that thought

      The STOP sign came from a recycling bin in the Public Works yard.
      The reflective coating on the sign had lost its shine.
      Vandalism is a pain.

      Revenge is mine sayeth the Gecko
      "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
      Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21


      • #4
        Pretty neat, Carl!
        It will be worth all the frustration you went through to see the look on that youngster's face when he sees it.
        Good job.


        • #5
          Well that is just clever as can be !
          Good job !
          DW788 and Hawk 226

          " Please let me grow to be the man my dog thinks I am "


          • #6
            Flat out kewl" Carl! Nicely done and excellent perseverence!
            ‎"Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They're easier to ignore before you see their faces. It's easier to pretend they're not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes."

            D. Platt


            • #7
              Nice one Carl.

              Rhys H.


              • #8
                Great work Carl
                "Everything Happens for a Reason"
                Craftsman 18in. 21609



                • #9
                  How many blades did you burn up on that one Carl??? Did you find one thet worked better than others?
                  If it don't fit, don't force it....get a bigger hammer!!


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Neal Moore
                    How many blades did you burn up on that one Carl??? Did you find one thet worked better than others?
                    Neal I went through around a dozen scrolling blades.
                    In the end I used 6" junior hacksawblades to rough out the shape. They are around 3/8 deep so it limits the turns you can make.
                    Almost like a bandsaw.
                    Then I used a couple of double tooth number 5's I had left over.
                    I have to deburr the edges before I hand it over.
                    I know I should have done that before polishing but I wanted to see the shine. It looks like chrome.
                    I have to figure out how to photograph it without the glare. I may need to build a light tent, which I keep putting off.

                    Thanks everyone for the comments. makes it worth while.
                    CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
                    "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
                    Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21


                    • #11
                      Carl... To cool To cool. how are you going to do the solor thing? and it just a thought, never tryed this, but have wondered how. some quilters netting would work on a picture of the project. i use it in giving a quilt some debt. it comes in many colors. and maybe.???? just laying or stretching it over the project, maybe that would keep the glar off. mmmmm well maybe i should tery it first, before posting it good job. your friend Evie


                      • #12
                        interesting idea and pretty slick. how about buying a cheap solar light and stealing all the parts out of it. The one I installed at the bottom of my deck stairs was only $10. It has a small solar collector, a little circuit board and a single AA rechargable battery. The light itself is just a single LED, but it lights up the area enough that i know where the stairs are...I bet you could work that into your gecko. It is light sensitive, so it only turns on in the dark.
                        Jeff Powell


                        • #13
                          oh duh... I see you already thought of the solar idea...guess I didn't read so well.
                          Jeff Powell


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