I found an image online and copied it on my home printer. I cut out the image and laid it face down on a scrap piece of 1/4" thick plywood. (When using a jigsaw you get a smoother cut on the bottom because the blade cuts as it pulls up through the wood) I traced around the image and made a very shallow cut all around with my utility knife (box cutter) and then with my jigsaw, leaving about 3/8" below the shape of the image (this will make sense in a minute). I painted the back and the narrow sides with black craft paint.
I sprayed the image with a clear sealer to avoid getting bubbles in the finish and then glued it on the front of the plywood piece with Mod Podge.
I then cut a slot, with my tablesaw, in a piece of pine. The extra 3/8" at the bottom of the image is then glued into the slot in the pine base. The length of the base is cut to fit the width of the image.
I stained the base and printed off something for my mom which I also attached with Mod Podge.
Michael stands at about 9" tall and the base is 5" wide x 3 1/2". It makes me laugh having him in my workshop, it turned out better than I expected and he looks quite real!
I need to get this to the post office tomorrow and hope it gets to my mother in time for Christmas.
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