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End Grain Floor #13: Leviathan Part 2

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 795 days ago 1609 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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While the Epoxy was curing on the Mother of Pearl, I started cutting out the body. I started with the lips which I cut out of Tulip. (I have to admit, the mouth looks creepy here:) )

The First Cut

I then started cutting the body out of the Snakewood. There was a small challenge here. I had to break the body up into section so that it would follow the pattern on the Snakewood, otherwise as the body of the Leviathan bent and curved the pattern would not follow it. I actually messed up on the first section and did not make my sections small enough!

Ouch

Nuts...Its a Hoodie

I had to go back and do it again…a valuable lesson but a waste of valuable wood:(

Glued

It was actually so cold in the shop that the patterns were not sticking to the wood with the spray adhesive.

Drying

Anyway, I cut out the mouth from Gaboon Ebony.

Gabon Ebony

Then, once the glue was cured I cut out the teeth from the White Mother of Pearl.

Still Cutting

NOTE: When you are cutting Mother of Pearl or any kind of shell, make sure you were a respirator! The dust is very bad for you!

Respirator

I got the teeth cut out and glued them to the Ebony, then to the Tulip.

Why!!

Filling

I needed to order a set of custom blanks that were all 1in by 1 1/8in for the head. So while I was waiting for those to arrive I moved on to cutting out the chest. (I order all my Pearl from ExoticHandCraft on ebay. They are excellent! I have never received a bad blank!)

Belly Beginning

Moving up

Each Piece

The Belly

With the chest done and the blanks for the head ready. I drilled out a hole for my blade so I could cut out the eye and did the scroll work.

The Eye

It had a poor fit but I was still missing a few parts.

First Eye

I went ahead and cut out the eyes from Gaboon Ebony. If you look closely you will see a slight sliver is removed for a piece of red wood. I was not sure what yet, but I did order several different materials to see what I would like. I also ordered Buffalo Horn for the spine but it had yet to arrive. I was originally going to use ebony but I stubbled across the horn on ebay and loved the wet look of it. I thought “Perfect!” I also order a Sterling Silver sheet, 1/32 thick by 5/16 wide by 8in to be the spines in the fins to the actual spine itself. (I chose silver because it will tarnish over time, and I want that. It will make the Leviathan look even better, older, and meaner… as if it did come from the great depths.)

So while I was waiting for my red materials, Horn and Silver. I started cutting out the other side of the body.

Mapping

So Far So Good

Lay Out 2

Two Curves

More to follow….

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



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BTimmons

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#1 posted 795 days ago

It’s remarkable to see that taking shape. You are certainly possessed with vision, talent, and patience.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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#2 posted 795 days ago

Man, you guys with the marquetry are incredible. I don’t have the patience (or the talent).

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 795 days ago

Brain,

Thank you, that is a remarkable complement. I am not sure what else to say but thank you! Seriously!

Very Gratefully,

Nate

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

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#4 posted 795 days ago

Al,

You could do it:)

Nate

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

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#5 posted 795 days ago

Your attention to details is amazing! This is what will make the work stand out.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Nate Meadows

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#6 posted 795 days ago

Thank you Erwin. I am a detailist…sometimes to the most annoying degree. It bugs the crap out of my wife:). But I think it is not the devil that lives in the details but the Creator. But that is just me!

Your Friend,

Nate

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

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