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End Grain Floor #12: Leviathan Part 1

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 05-25-2012 02:17 PM 2163 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Originally I was going to blog the Leviathan in one section, but I have realized that it would be a terribly long blog as the project is not even done yet. So I will break it up into sections and it will be easier to understand and follow, especially for me:)!!

The first step was to draw something up. I researched on line and studied old maps and there really was no standard. They ranged from huge octopuses to sharks to weird fish looking things with arms. There were plenty of Sea Monsters in the old maps though that were Sea Serpents, and so I decided that is what I was going to do! (this step actually took place in year two of the three years so far, during the inspired stage:) )

Finished and Adjusted

I new right away I wanted to use Snakewood for the body and kept an eye out for the perfect piece at my favorite wood supplier for exotic wood, Cookwoods.com.

Less Waste

It acclimatized to the shop for about 8 months before I resawed it to begin the project.

Resawing Snakewood

(Note: The Laguna 16HD with the Resaw King Blade is an awesome machine. I have resawn hundreds of board feet already on this monster and she never complains or backs down. The Resaw King leaves a smooth finish, just like it came off a planner!)

Beautiful

I next had to figure out what to do for the chest, head, teeth, and spine. I knew the eyes were going to be ebony and a red wood of some kind. I was thinking holly for the teeth. But for the belly or chest I wanted something like scales or armor. So I considered brass but didn’t like to solid uniform color of it. So then I considered Gold Abalone. I really did not like the color of it for this project. I fell upon Black Mother of Pearl and was instantly struck. I found my medium! I ordered what I needed and then considered White Mother of Pearl for the teeth. I was struck again and was on a roll.

Black and White

Ripple

When it arrive, I sorted the blanks into stacks of 5, the height of 5/16 of an inch (Remember they are going in a floor that is going to be sanded, probably the top layer is going to be taken away by the first sanding. From then on it is just a matter of wear and tear and later refinishings, which I don’t plan to be alive for…not that I dying early, but that it won’t be refinished in my lifetime:) .)I did not try and control pattern selection as it would be impossible to line up every blank and control the waste. So I mixed up some 60min epoxy and glued them together.

Stacked

Epoxy

Applying Epoxy

Stacked

Finished

Then I waited for the glue to dry and cure completely, which was 24 hours.

More to follow…

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



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GrandpaLen

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#1 posted 05-25-2012 04:13 PM

Nate,

You’ve piqued my interest as you add to the ‘story line’ in an amazing showcase floor.

Patiently awaiting progress on this project. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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Nate Meadows

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#2 posted 05-25-2012 04:24 PM

Len,

Thank you! I will try not to let you down:). There is so much work left to do! A seagull, perhaps a myrmiad? notsure yet, labels, grout, sanding, finishing! Whew.

Nate

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

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#3 posted 05-26-2012 04:36 AM

By Golly Nate, you are into all kinds of different mediums! However you seem to be mastering them not like the saying goes “Jack of all trades, master of none”! I’m impressed with your work so far. Way to go my friend!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 05-26-2012 05:18 AM

Nate, I love what you do…you are doing the things I daydream about. Keep it up!

-- I never finish anyth

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#5 posted 05-26-2012 05:38 AM

Erwin,

What an incredibly nice thing to say, though I am far from a master…except maybe in dreaming:).

I do like to consider the whole world as a source for creativity, however wood is my primary source and passion. I really want to learn metal engraving soon and implementing that into my art but baby steps.

Thank you so much for your encouragement Erwin!

Nate

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

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#6 posted 05-26-2012 05:44 AM

Philip,

Thank you so very much. You are so very kind!

Let me encourage you…keep dreaming but start doing! Its only a short step away. Just like your quote says “If you can dream it, you can do it!” You have certainly have the desire and you obviously have the skill and talent, I have seen your work. You can do it! If you ever need advice or help, I am here and I know there are many others here that can catapult you to the stars with ideas.

Your Friend,

Nate

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

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