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End Grain Floor #14: Leviathan Part 3

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 791 days ago 1906 reads 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hmm, where was I…O yes. The red material had arrived and so I laid it all out on the table to decide which one would go into the eye. There was Redwood burl, Amboyna Burl, Red Mallee Burl, Roble Burl, Red Swirl Resin, and Red Sea Coral.

Red Possibilities

I chose the Red Sea Coral not just because of its color but because it came from the sea and I am sentimental, I thought it would be cool to have it in the “SEA Monster” :)

Red Sea Coral

It was a bit disappointing because when I sanded it flush, it turned white. So I colored it in with a Red Sharpie. I wrote on my list of things to do to do that after sanding the floor too, before finishing. I live by lists!

Coral Eye 2

But it still turn out ok:)

Coral Eye

(I have ordered a 5/16 length section of 21gauge Solid Gold Wire, valued at $4 to place in the corner of the red section. This will give a small sparkle to the eye when seeing it from standing level and the gold will not tarnish over time so the sparkle will remain bright.)

I have a Laguna Spindle sander with a 1/4 spindle. I absolutely love this thing, especially when I am doing these inlay projects. However, the inserts it came with did not provide enough support when I was sanding some of my very small pieces, and some of them are very small. I made this auxiliary table with near zero clearance. I am not worried about dust because because the amount generated is so minute it can just be blown away.

Better Support

I still need to recess the clamps.

The Horn and Silver finally arrived!

Solid Sterling Silver & Horn

The Horn was a little thick so I needed to resaw it down. My Laguna had no problems!

Slice

Push

Then it just so happened that one of my first pieces of fin was one of the smallest I had in the pattern:).

Tiny

I would cut the silver to match the horn.

Solid Sterling Silver

I finished the chin fins and got the head on.

Chin Fin Complete

Close up

Then I moved on to the spine!

Spine Fin

One More Fin

Because the Buffalo Horn has no real pattern I did not have to worry about lining up each piece.

Pattern Gluing

The Head

Continuing On

Installing the Silver

I used Jewelers Pliers to help me bend the silver.

Jewelers Pliers

Minus a small piece on the corner of the body and the Gold in the eye the head is done. It looks very rough because it is covered in glue and paper. But when she is sanded down she should sing!

One More Piece

More to follow…

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



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Bob817

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#1 posted 791 days ago

Wow Nate!! Looking good!

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#2 posted 791 days ago

Thank you Bob! As always you are full of encouragement! Thank you!

Nate

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

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#3 posted 791 days ago

Lookin real good Nate, ole steady hands here would have one heck of a time with all those little pieces. Keep on!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#4 posted 791 days ago

Chris,

Thank you! If I can do it, you definitely can do it:)!

Nate

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

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#5 posted 791 days ago

Nate,

We can attempt it. But I have to tell you, mine will look like crap! LOL! I would hope to do the same thing, and with much practice, I might get a reasonable facimilie? I’m guessing you really don’t see the talent you have? I realize life dealt you a blow. Other people who do not have your eye and skill and had a similar bad deal,who were not so blessed are in the toilet?

When I say you got talent I really mean a talent for what you are doing.

Your woodworking skill inspires me to improve mine?

Lead and I will follow?

It’s like me trying to make Greg or Andy’s, or the Boxguys boxes. LOL!

Doesn’t mean I’m not gonna try.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 791 days ago

Oh yeah, really nice work dude!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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SirFatty

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#7 posted 791 days ago

Nice work! My hands are too shaky to do such small detail work.

-- Visit my blog at dave.spalla.com

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#8 posted 791 days ago

Doc,

Thanks for the kind complements. I guess I know God has gifted me in some areas, like I mentioned before how the injury unlocked more? I know I am blessed in many ways…to still be here, to have my family, to have such a great shop, to have you all out there-great woodworking friends, to be able to woodwork when I am up…heck to woodwork at all:). I do understand the argument of natural gifts and talents versus honed skills.

Thanks for your encouragement Doc. I will always try to lead you right:)! And you should try, never underestimate yourself.

Your Friend,

Nate

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

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#9 posted 791 days ago

SirFatty,

If I can do it, you can do it! Never underestimate your self or limit yourself. I have never damage that makes my hand and feet go numb, so I can relate a bit…you can do it!

Your Friend,

Nate

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

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#10 posted 791 days ago

Nate its looking great. stating to take shape now .i cant wait to see the out come , great job my friend.

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#11 posted 791 days ago

Thank you Eddie, it is a slow and steady process. But it is a fun one!

Nate

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

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#12 posted 791 days ago

Hi Nate.

Better and better my friend. Can’t wait to see it finished, and what comes next.

Paul

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#13 posted 791 days ago

Paul,

Nice to hear from you! Thank you. I will try not to let you down:). There is allot coming, its a bit overwhelming but I am looking forward to it.

Your Friend,

Nate

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

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gfadvm

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#14 posted 791 days ago

Nate, That is an UGLY sea monster (And I mean that in a good way). That thing will scare small children and women (maybe not a bad thing). I continue to be amazed and fascinated by the detail that you incorporate into your work. Keep posting and I’ll keep looking!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 791 days ago

Thank you so much gfadvm,

Thats the first time being called UGLY was a good thing:). I will definitely keep you posted!

Nate

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

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