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End Grain Floor #16: Leviathan Part 5

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 05-31-2012 02:48 PM 1965 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With the plans all drawn up, I can finally get to work! (no, it was really a fluid process, work a little here, draw a little there, especially when it came to that tail!)

I cut out all the sections on the next piece and lined them up on the Snakewood. In order to have the Snakewood pattern follow the cure of the body of the Leviathan, it was important to line up the pattern with its spine.

Lined Up

Cut Out

I glued the pieces together with HotStuff CA glue…my favorite glue really, along with TitebondIII and Epoxy!! (However, I know I am following all this up with two part epoxy when I join all this to 1/2in Baltic Birch Plywood, so the CA Glue is not the primary source for bonding! CA glue, although very strong can be quit brittle.)

Coming Together

Coming Together 1

Together

When I cut out the spinal fins from the Buffalo Horn, I did not have to worry about grain direction. This is excellent it terms of waste management. I just glued the pattern down and cut it out. Since the Sterling Silver replaces the kerf lines for the actual spines within the fins I am good to go!

The Fins

I need to have a word with the artist…he keeps drawing smaller and smaller parts to cut out. :)

The Artist

I cut the Sterling Silver and bent them with jewelers pliers. Sometimes I had to use a hammer. I recommend a Jewelers hammer for working with precious metal. I don’t have one and this is the closest I’ve got. It does’t have a completely flat face which makes it interesting:). The point is, don’t get down hearted, you can find a way to do anything! I will be getting a Jewelers hammer shortly though!

Jewelers Pliers

The Wrong Tool

Its A Start

Then I moved on to the rest of the body.

Line Up

It’s completed but the perspective is off. I am going to have to trim off some of the curve that enters the water on the left.

Together

Here is a taste of what it is going to look like. It will look so much better sanded down, polished and finished!

Just A Test

With that section done I moved on to the next one. I could not complete it as I ran out of Black Mother of Pearl…I didn’t run totally out I just didn’t have enough to complete it. Its important to have consistency in the chest, so I need to wait till I have all the MOP laid out. I have more on the way! :).

More Body

Then I ran out of Sterling Silver on this section!

Even more Body

I just got the Sterling Silver in along with the 14k Gold, but you will have to wait and see:)...

More to follow….

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



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#1 posted 05-31-2012 02:50 PM

Very impressed with your passion and dedication!

-- Michael and Matthew

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#2 posted 05-31-2012 03:23 PM

Thank you very much Michael, as always you are very kind!

Nate

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

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#3 posted 05-31-2012 04:37 PM

Great artistic ability and tremendous patience! Good work Nate.

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#4 posted 05-31-2012 05:41 PM

Very beautiful work, (not quite yet) but I can see the possibilities and can envision the project. I’d love to see it in person when finished even if I live far away! Thanks for posting.

P.S. You need to invest in a pencil sharpener that will make it easier to get a fine point! :-)

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 05-31-2012 07:44 PM

in awe. would be great to see a zoom out shot of the whole thing sometime soon.

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#6 posted 05-31-2012 09:53 PM

Thank you very much Ron!

Very Gratefully,

Nate

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

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#7 posted 05-31-2012 09:58 PM

Erwin,

Thank you very much! You are very funny!:) You are right. I would love to have one of the wall mounted ones with the selectable size ring and large sawdust hopper. Those are awesome!

Nate

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

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#8 posted 05-31-2012 09:58 PM

Mark,

Thank you very much! I will have to work on that!

Very Respectfully,

Nate

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

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#9 posted 05-31-2012 10:10 PM

I forgot to say, Erwin, you are welcome over anytime:)!!!!

Nate

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

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#10 posted 06-01-2012 01:26 PM

Nate its coming along great,theres light at the end of the tunnel and its not a train but some very fine craftsman ship!

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#11 posted 06-01-2012 01:27 PM

Thank you Eddie!

Nate

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

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#12 posted 06-04-2012 09:00 PM

nate

your craftsmanship and patience is amazing
so glad you found a skill you can grow with
for you as well as for all of us too

just go as the flow can
i know it can be tough at times
but only thru perseverance will anything happen

like you i make patterns too
for some works
these (and one more not pictured)
were done on poster board
from a picture (2” square) of a golden eagle
landing on a ledge at 200 MPH
and redrawn till acceptable
this is where the artistry comes in
as in your work
we are free to pick and chose till it feels right
with colors and grain directions
(for future ones)
and cut with a razor knife
i still have the one on the door
the others got away over the years

this is the first and two were made of it
it is 4’ tall and 5’ wide x 3/4”
no backing just edge glued

the door one was done the same way
but from 5/4 stock
and after fitting two adjacent pieces
then two assemblies then larger and larger parts together
they were resawed on the bandsaw
and both parts glued to either side of the 3/4” ply filler panel in the door
then run through a wide belt sander after the glue-up

the one not pictured was coming straight at you
and had a 7’ wingspan
i glued it together on a large pool table
(covered with tin foil)

keep up you works
and again thank you for our freedoms

-- 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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#13 posted 06-04-2012 11:56 PM

David,

Thanks for the encouragement!

You are very talented. Thanks for sharing. That is very inspiring. It would have been cool to see the one flying at you. Amazing that you only edge glued everything together!

Thank you for the lessons and inspirations. I am drinking them up.

O, by the way, a professional end grain guy contacted me and told me that cork is the way to go. You get a gratulated mix of 80/20 and mix it with the finish oil then sweep it in. Then take a large sander and sand it in. Then sweep up the remainder. Then sand the floor. Finish Sand the floor. Then make a paste with the fine sawdust from the floor and run in over the floor to fill the small cracks. Finish and buff when dry!

Thats a quick run down.

Your friend,

Nate

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

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#14 posted 06-05-2012 01:33 AM

well he probably knows then nate

as that is what he does

these posts and questing blogs
do produce many different approaches
some may work and some may not

but they all serve to get us to communicate and try different things
something we may hesitate to do on our own or spend to much time
learning things the hard way

-- 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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Nate Meadows

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#15 posted 06-05-2012 04:13 AM

I totally didn’t mean to come of disrespectful, if that is how you took it I am sorry. I know you and William were just trying to help. I am very grateful to you both for that. I am very thankful for your links and advice. I know I will use them in the future. I just thought I would update you. The gentleman that contacted me was Mr.Kaswell, the CEO of Kaswell Flooring, http://www.kaswell.com/. He first emailed me, then we spoke on the phone for awhile. He was very kind and very helpful. I learned so much about end grain floors in just that one conversation.

Anyway, the point is, I really did not mean any disrespect! I always value your comments and input.

Very Respectfully and Gratefully,

Your Friend,

Nate

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

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