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End Grain Floor #18: Leviathan Part 7

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 06-18-2012 04:23 PM 2333 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My intention was to complete the Leviathan in this run but just a warning…it will take one more installment.

Once the glue had set for 24hours I was free to play with the parts. I laid out the monster as I wanted him and then began to construct the ocean around him.

Layout

Waves

Once I was happy with the lines, I grabbed my dremel and attached it to the Stewart Macdonald router base (the best base in the world for inlay work!!!) I used an down spiral 1/16 wide solid carbide bit.

Stewmac

The only bummer part about using a down spiral is that it compresses the chips into the cavity, so it takes some work to get them out on a channel this size. I could not find my air nozzle which would have taken care of the problem in seconds. However, the down spiral is worth the work because it does not tear out and it leaves absolutely the best edge!

Cleaning

I only routed out one color section at a time, that way I could avoid accidental mixing.

Another View

Once routed and cleaned, I mixed up some white Inlace with about 1/4 ounce of Silver Metal Dust, then began to inlay it in the lines.

Beginning of the White

I needed to block up the grout lines to keep the Inlace from flowing out the of the lines.

Just about There

Dams

I pulled the plugs out after about 30 minutes to keep the Inlace from bonding to them.

Messy, Messy

After the Inlace dried for 24 hours I routed the next color of Inlace lines.

1/16th

Packed

I cleaned them out!

Routed

And started to inlay the next color…Turquoise!

Turquoise

More Turquoise

After 30 minutes I pulled the plugs again! And then I let it dry for 24 hours.

Two Colors

Two Colors, One Left

I needed to wait to pick up the final color, but I still wanted to continue to work. Thankfully it worked out that these lines were not close to the Leviathans body so I could start routing out the cavities for the Monster itself!

Routing

First Two

Next

Next 2

Done...and too the tail

Done

Not Glued In Yet

I still needed to wait for the final color of Inlace. I had plans to add a moon so I moved on to that. My first moon turned out to be too much like a comic book picture. I really did not like it at all. So I went to the internet, pulled a picture of our real moon and made one up out of Pine and American Holly!

Moon Evolution 2

Moon Evolution 3

Moon Evolution 4

Moon Evolution 5

I finally was able to get the final Inlace color…Lindsey…so I could inlay that next!

3AM

Lindsey

This is the Inlace that I used!

Inlace

Dust

Everything is now inlaid and glued in…now it is a waiting game again. The glue takes up to 48hours to cure. It is important that it is cured before I start sanding it down!

Inlaid and Glued!!!

After two days, I started sanding with my belt sander, but it was clear right away that I needed to use the big drum sander!

Belt Sander

The Big Boy

I was really disappointed with the way the inlays turned out! I was hoping turquoise would turn out darker. Thankfully I had some stain that I was going to use elsewhere in the floor so I had something to fall back onto. I actually really like how it is coming along.

More Sanding:)

And More Sanding

Stain

Again Sanding

Next Coat

More

Sanded...Not Done

I still have about three or four layers of stain to put on plus I am going to use black stain to transform the sky into night!

So…more to follow:)....

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



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MichaelAgate

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#1 posted 06-18-2012 05:08 PM

Nate,
This is simply outstanding. I can only imagine what your boys will think of this when it’s finished. It will be like a mysterious intriguing land on the shop floor. Will be a memory forever more. outstanding.

-- Michael and Matthew

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Nate Meadows

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#2 posted 06-18-2012 05:18 PM

Michael,

Thank you again for your encouragement! I am hoping for that, I am very glad you see it that way…it means I am doing something right:).

Your Friend,

Nate

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

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Bearpie

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#3 posted 06-18-2012 06:51 PM

I do agree with Michael, Your kids will love playing in your workshop with imaginary tales of sea monsters and swashbuckling heroes. Hey, I’m already doing that so you are doing a fantastic job! Keep up the good work.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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grizzman

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#4 posted 06-18-2012 07:40 PM

i wondered where you were, i sent you a pm on Saturday and didn’t hear from you, i was afraid you were in a bad place for a few days, but gladly i see it looks like you have been really busy…im loving your art work , and its also a adventure for us as well, i love following this, and cant wait, REALLY CANT WAIT, until the final moment, and we get to see the whole floor , clear coated, and whatever else your doing to it, i know you told me , and im like a kid who is waiting to get my first bike…yea…that’s what it is…keep at it Nate…you certainly have a fan club…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Nate Meadows

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#5 posted 06-18-2012 09:06 PM

Erwin,

Thank you again! I am very pleased you like it too.:) Thank you!!

Your Friend,

Nate

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

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Nate Meadows

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#6 posted 06-18-2012 09:13 PM

Bob,

I am very sorry, I did not get your message! I will go back and look again! Yes, I have been busy. I had a series of vertigo attacks all day saturday that kept me out of the shop and pretty much in bed all day:(. That is why I didn’t blog right away). Then yesterday my brother in law took me and my boys fishing at the lake. I was a great fathers day!

Thank you for your kindness and excitement. That is so very encouraging. You are a good friend.

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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#7 posted 06-19-2012 01:48 AM

I can’t even imagine how many hours you spend on your knees and elbows doing this. It makes my back and knees hurt just thinking about it. Not only are you an amazing craftsman, you are one tough dude! Keep up the amazing work. The fishing was a good break as we don’t want you to ‘burn out’ on this project.

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

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Nate Meadows

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#8 posted 06-19-2012 02:13 AM

Thank you gfadvm,

There are days I don’t feel tough at all:). Since the injury life has been…different…I never considered myself tough…you are very kind to say so!

You a very kind with all your compliments! It is very encouraging…Thank You!!!

I do love fishing, it is such a peaceful break, even without catching any fish! I am ready for the next set:).

Your Friend,

Nate

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

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Mauricio

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#9 posted 06-19-2012 02:52 PM

WOW, this is looking amazing, great work.

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

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Nate Meadows

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#10 posted 06-19-2012 04:22 PM

Mauricio,

Thank you very, very much!

Your Friend,

Nate

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

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