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Project by freddy1962 posted 07-08-2014 07:59 PM 908 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was involved in a few of these restoration projects in the past. I rarely took photos, but I did take a few crappy pics of this job. I had to duplicate the existing carving on the site. All the newel post caps and trim, along with the scrollwork under the handrail were carved on my bench. The 2 posts and 1/2 post for the top landing were to be carved on my bench as well, but the contractor went ahead and installed them. I had to kneel and sit on a bucket to carve the posts in place. Red oak was chosen to save money, which made it difficult for me. White oak was used originally in most of these old homes for it’s beauty, durability and it carves much better than red oak. I was wrapping it up, not finished here. I didn’t take pics of the 1st and top landing work.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)





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Hartworks

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#1 posted 07-08-2014 08:14 PM

Impressive work. Very nice

-- Gary, California

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LeTurbo

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#2 posted 07-08-2014 10:11 PM

Beautiful, Freddy, especially in view of having to do it in such adverse conditions (with, presumably, people traipsing up and down the stairs while you were trying to work). Hell, that’s great stuff even at a bench! Please give the contractor a good cuff over the head, with my compliments.

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#3 posted 07-08-2014 10:29 PM

Wow, that is some gorgeous work there! I would like to have such talent in my ‘tool box’.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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English

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#4 posted 07-08-2014 11:31 PM

Nice work. I wouldn’t have the patients.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#5 posted 07-09-2014 12:58 AM

Reflects a great deal of ability and patience. Very nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 07-09-2014 03:23 AM

Thanks everyone, I appreciate the comments.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#7 posted 07-09-2014 05:39 AM

You have skills and ability that I wish I had yet …!

How long did you “sit on a bucket”? Out of context one may think you were I’ll!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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lightweightladylefty

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#8 posted 07-09-2014 05:48 AM

JEFF,

That’s some splendid work. It’s hard to understand why someone would scrimp on the wood though. The price differential between white and red oak is not that great compared to all that work!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Tim

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#9 posted 07-09-2014 01:15 PM

Wow, that’s really impressive. I can’t believe they were paying for custom carving work and worried about saving barely a couple bucks on the material. They should have left that up to you within reason or given you a budget to work with.

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freddy1962

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#10 posted 07-09-2014 01:56 PM

Thanks oldnovice, L/W and Tim. I worked in the evenings at the building, for approx. a month.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#11 posted 07-09-2014 02:17 PM

Freddy, you have a lot of talent. This is beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 07-09-2014 03:53 PM

This is very impressive.

-- Lidiya,Russia.http://www.reznoe.ru/

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freddy1962

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#13 posted 07-09-2014 05:01 PM

Thanks Charles and Lidiya. Lidiya, you are excellent at your style of carving.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#14 posted 07-09-2014 10:03 PM

Awesome!

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#15 posted 07-09-2014 11:17 PM

Some serious work there sir. Looks amazing!

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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