I'm gonna be a Star!! #4: the panels

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Blog entry by kolwdwrkr posted 08-06-2009 06:56 AM 1666 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Chip carving #1 Part 4 of I'm gonna be a Star!! series no next part

I finally found some time to make a little progress on my star door. I did a bit more chip carving on the star itself and had the frame pieces cut. Tonight I made the panels around the star. I decide to plane up some redwood for contrast, and made them 1/2” thick. This makes them sit down in the frame and gives the star more depth. Instead of routing a full raised panel on them I opted for a rabbet and a cove. I used a core box bit to make the cove. So the star has a large cove and the other panels have a small cove. So far I’m liking it.
Here are the pics. Nothing is glued together yet. I need to finish up some carving and then sand everything.
As always I welcome constructive criticism, positive or negative.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#1 posted 08-06-2009 07:13 AM

This a fantastic star door great job

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#2 posted 08-06-2009 07:58 AM

You ARE a star.

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#3 posted 08-06-2009 08:52 AM

Looking great. Have you considered carving the into the frame to continue the muntins to a point at the end?

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#4 posted 08-06-2009 11:55 AM

Great work!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#5 posted 08-06-2009 01:27 PM

It looks like a lot of work but fun. Nice job.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#6 posted 08-06-2009 03:25 PM

Thats such a cool looking door. It must have taken you a long time!

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#7 posted 08-06-2009 03:31 PM

this thing is beautiful Keith!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 08-06-2009 05:27 PM

hey keith, these are super doors..your doing an amazing job here….way to go.

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

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#9 posted 08-06-2009 07:08 PM

really cool, love it

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#10 posted 08-06-2009 09:56 PM

Looks great. I admit, I was kind of hoping to see some stained glass in there,(Heresy I know on lumberjocks) I think it would have complimented the elegant carvings – but the redwood looks great. This looks like a good exercise in molding and shaping (not to mention fitting!) – there are a lot of facets to appreciate on this piece . What are you going build now to mount the door on?

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#11 posted 08-07-2009 01:52 AM

What a great job, craftsmanship is top notch.

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#12 posted 08-09-2009 02:06 PM

Keith..Wow. Probally one of the best projects i’ve seen in awhile. Just got through all 4 series of the blog and i can’t thank you enough for posting this. Iv’e made hundreds of raised panels but never thought of attempting something like this….Until NOW. I am inspired by your thinking outside the box “wildman” attitude.
You’re not gonna be a star..You are a star. ROCK ON

-- If at first you don't succeed...Buy another tool !!

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#13 posted 08-10-2009 01:22 AM

You are a star indeed Keith.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 01-26-2011 04:43 PM

Hey kolwdwrkr.

I’ve been watching your work, you continue to impress.

I really like the convergence of this piece, the symmetry, the way the joints fit, nice and tight.

Waiting for you next post.

Based on the carving activity and blogs, I’m working on a chip carving knife from a piece of saw blade from my old cordless circular saw.

Thanks for sharing Keith.


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