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Intarsia #1: New Intarsia Blog for TripleB

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Blog entry by TripleB posted 08-07-2012 09:40 PM 4161 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I really am starting to enjoy this Intarsia art, and since this is new to me, I thought I would start logging everything into a blog.

I have always admired and been a little intimidated by the Art of Intarsia, I think that I thought only somebody that has been behind a scroll saw for many years would have the talent to do it. As being I’ve only been using a scroll saw for a little over a year, I figured it was simply above my abilities. I finally decided to just give it a shot, after all it’s only wood and a saw and a lot of sanding, and I’m glad I did.

I think another reason I was reluctant to try Intarsia was the shaping aspect of the pieces, I simply did not think I would have the patience to do all the sanding work that is required to make your piece look good. With that in mind I bought some additional sanding equipment to help make the sanding task easier before I started. I purchased a sanding mop and some padded disk sanders, and I am willing to say that had I not bought those items, I probably would have no further interest in Intarsia due to the sanding involved. Those two items not only made the sanding easy, but actually made it fun. If you are considering starting Intarsia, I would highly recommend having these before you start.

Just in case you want to know, I bought these items at Klingspor's
As you can see I put them in my drill press, pull up a chair and shape away. I know, I may be weird, but I find it very relaxing. Since I do this in my garage and saw dust is an issue, I put the drill press right by the door and set a box fan up behind me to blow all the saw dust outside. Sawdust is an issue, there is lots of it when shaping, so please take that into consideration if you are going to do Intarsia. We all know saw dust is evil!

To catch you up, the below photo’s are my first three Intarsia projects, even though I really don’t consider the train “intarsia” the pattern did come out of an intarsia book.

Thanks for taking the time to read my new blog, I will try to keep up with pictures when I start my next Intarsia project (I have a pattern ordered that I hope will be here in the next couple days), I will do my best to document the next project while I am making it. I could really use input from all of you since I still have no real clue what I am doing.

Thanks

Bob
TripleB
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Ken90712

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#1 posted 08-09-2012 08:53 AM

I have been meaning to make something that is this style of woodworking for some time. I really like the santa bear look fwd to watching your blog.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 08-21-2012 04:27 PM

Bob,
Which padded disk sanders did you get? I’m wanting to get into intarsia myself, but the shaping intimidates me a bit. I want to stack the deck in favor of success without yet dropping the hundreds of dollars for pneumatic sanding drum and the like.

Thanks,
Russ

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RussInMichigan

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#3 posted 08-21-2012 06:59 PM

Bob,
Which padded disk sanders did you get? I’m wanting to get into intarsia myself, but the shaping intimidates me a bit. I want to stack the deck in favor of success without yet dropping the hundreds of dollars for pneumatic sanding drum and the like.

Thanks,
Russ

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RussInMichigan

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#4 posted 08-21-2012 06:59 PM

oops

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TripleB

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#5 posted 08-22-2012 02:08 AM

Hey Russ,

Here is the set I bought from Klingspor, it’s $40.95 has two sponge pads and 100 sanding disk of various grits. So far I have done 95% of all my shaping with these and they are proving invaluable. I can’t speak as to their longevity, I haven’t had them but a few weeks, but they are getting a workout and so far so good.

http://www.woodworkingshop.com/product/fr70000/

Give intarsia a try, with these disk I think you will enjoy it, and they wont break the bank if you don’t like it. I’m sure even if you dont use them for Intarsia, you will find yourself using them for a lot of other sanding task.

Bob

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