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End Grain Floor #17: Leviathan Part 6

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 06-03-2012 09:39 PM 2063 reads 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First I must apologize for my previous blog. There are times when I should not write! at that was one of them!

I left of saying that the silver and gold I ordered had arrived. I neglected to get any pictures of the gold wire before I put it in but it was 5/16in long 21gauge solid gold wire. I inlaid it into the corner of the Red Coral of the Sea Monsters Eye. I wanted the eye to have a sparkle from standing height. I chose gold because it will not tarnish and will always keep that sparkle!

Gold

It will look even better when it is inlaid in the floor, sanded down and finished!

Mission Accomplished

Now, the silver I used was about 1/32 thick, by 5/16 tall by 8in long. Again I used Jewelers pliers to manipulate it as I needed.

More Silver

With the new order in I was able to get back to placing it in the spine!

Continuing the Silver

I messed up again and did not get a picture of the finished piece before I moved on to the tail. I had a series of disabling headaches as well as an increase in vision loss that really threw me off. It took me a while to find my groove. But once I started on the tail things started coming together!

On to the Tail

Tail Complete

Continuing On

In order to get the pattern of the snakewood to follow the curve of the body I had to divide the body into sections then line them up one the spine.

The Last

Almost There

All Cut Out

Glued Together

With the tail glued together I started on the spine.

Fins Start

I had to take a break from the spine when the second order of Black Mother of Pearl arrived so that I could organize it and glue it together. I needed to stack it 5 sheets high in order to reach the proper thickness. I matched up all the sheets to similar size. If I was only working single sheet thickness inlay I would worry only about the pattern on each sheet! I didn’t have that luxury here! I will be stuck with what I get when the final surface is reached once the floor is finally sanded! (it should still be beautiful…otherwise I wouldn’t do it:)...it just won’t be optimal!:) )

More Black Mother of Pearl

This time I used 5 minute epoxy….Which was was a huge mistake!!!! Cutting corners is never a good idea. The 60minute epoxy is much stronger… yes it takes 24hours to cure fully, but it is worth it. When I was cutting out the inlays, the 5minute epoxy was failing due to the heat generated from the friction. Oooo, I was not happy at all…...) I had to repair each failure later!

Stacked and Glued

Back to the tail…

More Spine

I finished the final fin on the spine! The tail is complete except for the Mother of Pearl Belly!

Complete?

Before I finished the tail, I finished this piece of the body that was missing Mother Of Pearl as well! This is actually its backside!

First Piece

Because of my inexperience or just stupidity:) the curve of the tail was about a 1/4 of an inch larger than the plans. I did not fix it like I should have! I failed to see the problems it would create in placing the inner pieces. I got four cut out and then realized I needed too stop and re-assess things.

Trouble

So the Plan was to fit the four that I had already cut out, glue them in. Then trace everything I already had. Then I would go back and draw in new sections of belly that matched the new curve! So thats what I did! :)

The Plan...and the plan

Getting There

ALL DONE!!!!!

The final step before I could inlay it in the floor was to glue each piece to 1/2in 9ply Baltic Birch Plywood. I selected Polyurethane glue because of its foaming attributes. It will expand and fill the small irregularities where the pieces didn’t sit level with on another, and give the support needed to the bear the weight to be walked on.

Gorilla Glue

Glued Up 3

Glued Up 2

Glued Up 1

Glued Up

More to follow….

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



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Borgmc1

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#1 posted 06-03-2012 09:42 PM

Very nice.

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#2 posted 06-03-2012 10:02 PM

Thank you very much!

Nate

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

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#3 posted 06-03-2012 10:23 PM

Nate
You are doing a great job here documenting each step of the way. Can’t wait to see the finished floor.
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#4 posted 06-03-2012 11:09 PM

this is going to look amazing when its done!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#5 posted 06-03-2012 11:40 PM

Nate, It’s not stupidity, more like a learning curve! If you do this mistake over and over, then it is stupidity. I think you are too hard on yourself. It isn’t the end of the world if you make a few boo boos here and there, gosh, I make them all the time and just chalk it up to not paying attention or being in too big a hurry. I would never chalk it to stupidity cause that would be too big a blow to my sanity! Maybe yours too?? I think you are progressing fabulously. I would be very hard pressed to be doing what you are doing. Give yourself a big pat on the back and lay off the guy you see in the mirror! He’s doing all right!

Hey, I’m not trying to put you down but giving you another person’s viewpoint. I really think you are doing fantastic work!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 06-04-2012 12:30 AM

Hey Nate,

ya got your tail back! LOL The pain colors everything else, just glad your comin through it.

I think you should factor in down time, as it is part of the course.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 06-04-2012 12:37 AM

Hi Nate
I just caught myself up on this blog and I commend you not only for your artistry but for your tenacity as well.
This is a massive job and you are not cutting any corners. My hat is off to you sir.

One of my favorite sayings is that there are no mistakes, just opportunities. You have taken this opportunity and turned it into another success. That’s why they are sent to us.

Sincere thanks for keeping us all in the game with you here. It’s a great ride.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#8 posted 06-04-2012 01:34 AM

Very tedious! You’ve got more patience than I. Very kool

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#9 posted 06-04-2012 01:47 AM

Nate, Your attention to detail and refusal to compromise says a lot about the type of person you are. I would have been incapacitated by frustration but you just worked it until it came out the way you required. I am totally impressed by your skill and tenacity! “Good enough” is not in your vocabulary.

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

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#10 posted 06-04-2012 02:02 AM

Jim,

Thank you for your kind words and encouragement! I do enjoy taking photos as I go.

Very Gratefully,

Nate

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

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#11 posted 06-04-2012 02:05 AM

Mauricio,

Thank you very much, I do hope so. It is a long journey but it is a jun one and I do hope the light the end of the tunnel is bright. I am working with all my might to make it so :).

Very Gratefully,

Nate

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

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#12 posted 06-04-2012 02:11 AM

Erwin,

I totally understand you! Thank you for your encouragement. You always uplift me! I have a terrible habit being hard on myself. My VA counselor is working with me on that. It got even worst after the brain injury as I went through a period were I blamed myself for everything! Well I guess I still do:). But I am making some progress:). I still get upset at myself for not being able to adapt to the effects of the injury, the headaches, vertigo or the blindness.

Anyway, your perspective is a great reminder that I need to go easier on myself sometimes, as hard as that is for me to say:). Thank you very much.

Your Friend,

Nate

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

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#13 posted 06-04-2012 02:15 AM

Doc,

You are not kidding, pain alters every perception! That I hate the most I think!

Down time…shop time is down time…I love being in there:)....

No I know what you mean, down as in DOWN and OUT. You would think being a medic I would allow myself more give in that area but like my physician father, it is very hard to do!!!:)

Thanks for your encouragement!

Your Friend,

Nate

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

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#14 posted 06-04-2012 02:25 AM

Paul,

Thank you very much for your complement. You have encouraged me greatly!

I am glad to “bring you along.” I do feel very much like this is a your shop. By your I mean a community your, a world shop. When I was in the hospital, companies and individuals came….well out of the woodwork;) pun intended, to help me. I received tools from around the world. I feel like this is what I can do to show you all that I am not wasting those gifts, not selling them for drugs (not that I use drugs:)) or some flighty fancy. I am sticking with my dream and following my heart. I feel you all deserve to see that. I also enjoy the process very much. Pausing and taking photos then writing about it is very fun:).

Your Friend,

Nate

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

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#15 posted 06-04-2012 02:27 AM

Roger,

Thank you! It really isn’t that tedious. The different media makes it fun and interesting. Plus, looking forward to the moment when I sand it down and it all shines is fun!

Very Respectfully and Gratefully,

Nate

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

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