End Grain Floor #6: Fleur De Le

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 05-14-2012 02:56 AM 2452 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Once I had completed 85 to 90 percent of the tile work it was time to add the Fleur De Le to the Compase de Rose. My brother gave me the bucked end of a Juniper that he was using for a fence post that truly inspired me. I drew up a Fleur de Le that fit it and matched the Star or Compase de Rose.

The Fleur De Le

I used Camatillo, Ebony and Cocobolo for the inlay process. I was a little rusty on my inlaying and actually had to do the ebony twice. I will not show you the first attempt. Just know that my lines would be crisper since I had to route out the Ebony from the first time. Everything was routed free hand and bent free hand. I used Titebond II to glue in all the inlays.

Stepping Backwards

Ebony again

I soaked the Camatillo in a water bath to help with the bending process!

Water Bath Two

Then I set up a torch and bending rod…

Solid Bar

Small Bend

Matching the curved

Sanded down for routing

I cut the Cocobolo to look like it was folding around the flower…


Sanded Smooth

Glued down

And here she is in perspective.

The Final Section

More to follow

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#1 posted 05-14-2012 02:37 PM

newer and better lessons
and methods

like your style nate
always upwards

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 05-14-2012 03:24 PM

Thank you very much Patron,

You do quite the work yourself. That floor was amazing!!!

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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