I found an incredible deal before last Christmas while visiting my father down in southern Ca, at the La Mirada swap meet. 1/4 inch tongue and groove aromatic cedar. I would say I got around 25 pieces of it. They are all in 3 foot lengths .
Because of their size there has not been any ideas popping up in my head on what to do with it. However today looking through old pattern books I found a bunch of Christmas ornaments and immediately thought of this wood. After all how nice would Aromatic Cedar smell on a fresh Christmas Tree. It also appears to be lite enough that a small ornament would not weigh down the tree limbs.
On the bottom of the upper pictures you can see I have put pieces of double sided carpet tape on the wood and trying to keep most of it from being underneath the paper patterns above when I place the top piece onto the bottom piece.This wood appears to not be warped and I am hoping this will hold. I use this method quite often especially on thin pieces such as these.
Now in the shop I drill out my starter holes. As you can see I have placed a couple of pieces of old pine I don’t plan on using in case of tear out. Quite frankly I am unsure if tongue and groove such as this will be less sturdy due to the, well——, tongue and groove! LOL!!!
So I drill out the starter holes for this one angel and I do think I will have to secure the two pieces together more securely as I feel slippage between the pieces. (I have only stack cut projects 2 other times besides this) so this is VERY new to me. The others were at least 1/2 inch thickness and for intarsia not scroll work!
This is the back of the angel and I am seeing some tear out.
Sooo I just had to see what this would look like had I NOT had the pine beneath it
NOW THAT IS TEAR OUT!!!
Next post will be cutting it out and learning how I am going to secure it better. I can tell I will need to, yet I am hesitant about using any more packing tape but I just may. I also can tell now that this wood is dry, I mean SUPER dry. Maybe stack cutting may not work. I will see!
Note: Even though it appears that I am wasting quite a bit of wood in between the ornaments, trust me, I am not. Intarsia is my passion and I will eventually use all small pieces in some project!
-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!