If you've ever
looked at a chain from the end, you've noticed that it's shaped like an
"X" or an equidistant cross. This is important to keep in mind because
what we're going to do is create the cross before we start whittling.
wood you're going to use (preferably a straight grain wood that
whittles well, sugar pine is my favorite, but I can't find it
anymore). Now, cut the wood so it's square, such as to become a 2x2 or
whatever thickness you want it to be. On one side of the board mark the
thickness you want your chain to be. You should have a board with two
parallel lines drawn at the end. Mark this thickness on one
your board. What your trying for is to draw on the end of your board
what you see when looking at the end of a chain. Got that? Ok, now for
the cutting of your chain, chopping away the waste parts that you don't
want to bother with.
table saw so the fence and the blade fit that waste section
your drawing. You're purpose is to cut away what you don't want to
whittle away, yet leave the part that will be your chain. You may have
to make a few stabs at this, so prepare several boards ahead of time.
You'll want to have a few extra on hand anyway just in case you take to
this kind of thing and you wished you had cut more. I only made one
chain, but I have several pieces cut that I'll never use, one you're
looking at here.
assuming you've made your cuts and you now have a workable piece of
wood that can be made into a chain. Now you want to make the links in
the chain. In the photo you'll see that I've marked off the individual
chain links, making sure to alternate them, one side of the board
representing links that will fit into the links on the other side of
the board (I know this is confusing, but that's the reason for the
saw of your choice cut through at the end of each link until you have
what appears to be some similitude of a chain. Keep in mind that you're
going to have to allow space where the links come together to get your
knife or Dremmel tool or whatever between them in order to separate
them. So don't cut away too much material between the links.
don't understand what I'm saying here (and how could you it's so
obscure and expressed so poorly), you will understand
after your first few mistakes.
cheating: Where the links come together, in the space you just cut
away, drill a hole about a quarter inch or whatever, depending on the
size of chain you're making. This gives you the beginning of a
chain. From this point on you're on your own. Expect to make mistakes,
even to breaking some links. Glue is not cheating when something breaks
by accident. Even china plates can be glued when broken legitimately.
your chain to whatever stage of completeness you desire. Once I
accomplished the major part of my chain, I was satisfied. I wasn't
competing with anyone, nor was I intending to show off my expertise as
a whittler, so I left my chain semi-rugged, dipped it into some varnish
that already has stain in it, and let it go at that. You might want a
somewhat more polished. God to it, and good luck.