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Blog entry by Ron Aylor posted 05-07-2018 11:58 AM 2028 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Zig-Zags Part 7 of • Two-Tier Side Table series Part 8: Some Assembly Required »

My Very First Lunette -
 
Having completed the zig-zag decoration on the aprons, I took my first steps toward some real  carving. To avoid undue marring of my bench, I decided to nail the work-piece to a 1×6 … which I secured to the bench via bar clamps. As mentioned earlier, I’ll be carving lunettes in the sides of the second tier. In architecture, a lunette is a half-moon shaped space. After laying out the lunettes with compass and awl …
 

 
… I took a deep breath and made the first cut with a V-tool.
 

 
Once my heart rate recovered and I began breathing again … LOL … I continued with the rest of the cuts.
 

 
After an hour or so … learning how to breath and chop at the same time … which is harder than one might think  … I ended up with this!
 

 
I experienced a few blow-outs in spots, but I’m pleased with my very first attempt. I’ve decided that this panel will be the back of the table … surely I’ll get better at this … LOL!
 

 
I have a lot more carving to go, but all-in-all I’m pleased with the results thus far.
 

 
 
Working out this pattern in MSPaint …

... took a lot less time than carving it in ash … LOL!
 

 
Thanks for looking, more to come. As always, all comments and/or questions welcomed.
 
Follow my progress with the links below.
Two-Tier Side Table #1 – Realization
Two-Tier Side Table #2 – Playing Around in Paint
Two-Tier Side Table #3 – Selecting Stock
Two-Tier Side Table #4 – Hepplewhite Visits Plymouth
Two-Tier Side Table #5 – I Can't Carve
Two-Tier Side Table #6 – Zig-Zags
Two-Tier Side Table #7 – My Very First Lunette
Two-Tier Side Table #8 – Some Assembly Required



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Oldtool

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#1 posted 05-07-2018 12:19 PM

Looking pretty good. Experimenting with carving and learning a new skill, seems like more fun than any one person is allowed to have.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 05-07-2018 12:34 PM

Looking good, indeed. I’ve seen furniture with worse carving (my dad preferred it when buying antiques; “proves it was hand made.”)

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Ron Aylor

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#3 posted 05-07-2018 12:47 PM



Looking pretty good. Experimenting with carving and learning a new skill, seems like more fun than any one person is allowed to have.

- Oldtool


Thanks, Tom. Although slightly nerve wracking … this is a great deal of fun!


Looking good, indeed. I’ve seen furniture with worse carving (my dad preferred it when buying antiques; “proves it was hand made.”)

- Dave Polaschek


Thanks, Dave. Well, there should be no doubt whether or not this was hand made … LOL!

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#4 posted 05-07-2018 12:53 PM

That looks nice, as do the zigzags you posted previously.

How much did your previous experience play into your decision to make this first attempt in the ash your using for the table instead of practicing on something else first?

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#5 posted 05-07-2018 01:17 PM


That looks nice, as do the zigzags you posted previously.

How much did your previous experience play into your decision to make this first attempt in the ash your using for the table instead of practicing on something else first?

- Mr_Pink


Thank you! WOW … that’s a great question. I have absolutely no experience with carving. My decision to dive right in stems from an inordinate sense of self confidence and a great deal of prayer!

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Ron Aylor

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#6 posted 05-07-2018 02:11 PM

Here is a drawing of what I’m trying to achieve …
 

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ralbuck

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#7 posted 05-07-2018 02:47 PM

Looks GREAT to me. All I would get is expenssive firewood!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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Ron Aylor

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#8 posted 05-07-2018 02:55 PM



Looks GREAT to me. All I would get is expenssive firewood!

- ralbuck


Thanks, Ralbuck. I’m learning that the slower I go the better it looks. I’m positive the next three panels will look better.

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#9 posted 05-07-2018 06:08 PM

I think that carving and woodworking in general is better done in an unhurried purposeful mode. It gives better results and helps relaxation- a little bit like trout fishing!
Jim

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

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Ron Aylor

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#10 posted 05-07-2018 07:41 PM



I think that carving and woodworking in general is better done in an unhurried purposeful mode. It gives better results and helps relaxation- a little bit like trout fishing!
Jim

- Jim Rowe


Thanks, Jim. You are so right! This is just as relaxing as tying a #32 black gnat and reeling in a big brown! I’ll assume you are both a woodworker and angler?

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Ron Aylor

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#11 posted 05-08-2018 05:16 PM

Here’s a shot of the completed back panel …
 

 
... just need to do this three more times … LOL!

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Dave Polaschek

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#12 posted 05-08-2018 08:43 PM

Looking good, Ron. Definitely recognizeable as hand-made, but you didn’t turn it into firewood. And with three more to go, I expect you’ll be pretty good by the time you’re done.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Ron Aylor

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#13 posted 05-08-2018 11:52 PM



Looking good, Ron. Definitely recognizeable as hand-made, but you didn’t turn it into firewood. And with three more to go, I expect you’ll be pretty good by the time you’re done.

- Dave Polaschek


Thanks, Dave. I now have two panels under my belt!
 

 

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Ron Aylor

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#14 posted 05-09-2018 09:20 PM

I’m on a roll … time to start cutting mortises …
 

 
... and putting this table together!

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#15 posted 05-09-2018 11:28 PM

Wow! Nice progress, Ron!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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