My boss turns 50 next week. My colleagues and I got together last week to think of a surprise. After some discussion we agreed to each write a personal message and hang it in his office the day of his birthday. Since he’s a cycling enthusiast, one of my colleagues asked, “will we do something with bicycles, like a bike in his office?” That’s when I got the idea for my wooden 50th anniversary bicycle.
In Holland we have special bicycle lanes that are indicated with a road sign with, well, a bicycle. Everybody here knows this sign and the simplified design makes it very suitable as a basis for a wooden silhouette. The sign looks something like this:
The gimmick for the 50th anniversary bicycle is that the front wheel is a 5 and that the rear wheel is a 0. After some rough sketches, my paper design looked like this:
I then drew this on a piece of 18mm pine wood and cut it with a jigsaw:
When the cutting was nearly done, unfortunately the front wheel broke off…
I then sanded and filed the whole thing for a couple of hours. Sitting on the balcony I actually found this very relaxing. It’s always nice to see tangible results of your work. Then, as I tried glueing and screwing the front wheel on the bike, the piece broke at another place! OK, this baby needed a bit more careful handling.
I finally screwed everything together with a bit of glue. Here’s the almost finished result drying on an improvised stand:
What do you think? If you have some tips or need some advice, let me know in the comments.