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Project by Allison posted 2113 days ago 3010 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The other day I was able to get my hands on some cork flooring from a friend of mine whom is a carpet layer/floor installer. He had some left over pieces of a cork floor and asked me if I wish to try it in my scrolling work. Of course I wanted to and I did. So I picked out a easy project to cut, I also double stacked it with a piece of Batic Birch plywood I had, as I had no idea what the tear out may look like when I was done with cutting it out. I assumed that being cork and all, the piece would just fall apart in the back. The back has another small thin piece of cork though a complete variation from the front/top of this piece. I made the perimeter the size of another macrame ring I have, like I used in my Indian Chief Intarsia, which I wrapped in macrame jute. I have plans on placing this project to fit inside this ring and make it into a wind chime of sorts or wall hanging with beads and feathers. Actually I never had a plan as I did not even think it would work. Now guilt is taking over and I have to do SOMETHING with it. If I knew it would cut so well I would have picked a pattern I really liked. I would like to add that this did not tear up my blades as I thought it might. I also did not need to double stack cut this for fear of tear-out, (as I checked later and there was no problem with that) I used Olson’s
  1. 2, # 5 and # 7 reverse tooth blades on this project. They all worked well. I also plan on using more of this material as I find it fascinating, and can think of a lot of intarsia pieces this would be good for such as mountains, or rocks, etc. At the moment I am making a little seaside mirror that I am using this material for the sand. It really looks good as sand. I also would like to say I am ONLY sharing this for the purpose of showing a different material to use when coming to scrolling. As I said at the beginning I tried to get one of my simpler patterns to try this on. Quite frankly, not in a million years did I think this would hold up to a drill press, band saw and a scroll saw. But then again, IT IS FLOORING!!!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!





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Les Hastings

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#1 posted 2113 days ago

Great job Allison!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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brianinpa

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#2 posted 2113 days ago

Very nice Allison. I like the way your stretch the bounds. I too would have thought it would not stay together in a bandsaw.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 2113 days ago

This is really imaginative, Allison. Looks great!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 2113 days ago

Sweet!!! I am surprised how nice you made cork look. Thanks for posting.

-- Dennis Zongker

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Karson

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#5 posted 2113 days ago

Interesting product. It gives some real possibilities for unique projects.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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lew

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#6 posted 2113 days ago

Really Nice, Allison!!

Never thought that cork would cut so cleanly and retain that much detail.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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restowood

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#7 posted 2113 days ago

I am a sales rep for a cork flooring manufacturer. At first I was about to cry. Then I read your post and realized how much you enjoyed it. My question is this. How many truckloads would you like to order? I will throw freight in for free if you order a truckload. Here is a link to the company I sell for. We have a very interesting selection of cork. www.infinitycork.com

-- "Nature provides us with the most beautiful things in this world"

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Grumpy

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#8 posted 2113 days ago

Great idea & end result Allison.

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

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MsDebbieP

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#9 posted 2113 days ago

you just never know what the results will be when you are a little adventurous! Thanks for trying this out and congrats on the success!

(passes a tissue to restowood)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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odie

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#10 posted 2113 days ago

FAR OUT DUDDETTE!

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". http://woodstermangotwood.blogspot.com/ (my funny blog)

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TeamWicanders

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#11 posted 2113 days ago

Hi Allison,

Another beautiful project with cork oak flooring. If it stands up to to your blades, imagine how long it would last on your floors! Generation after generation can enjoy and benefit from the same flooring…now that’s sustainable.
Team Wicanders

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RobJ

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#12 posted 2113 days ago

Nicely done, Allison.

Is cork a fairly common material for this kind of thing, or did it just occur to you as a good to use it, given that your friend is a cork flooring installer? Just curious.

Thanks for the post!
Cheers!
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ChicoWoodnut

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#13 posted 2112 days ago

BRILLIANT!

There’s probably no end of the materials you could encorporate into your chosen media.

Congratulations.

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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TeamWicanders

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#14 posted 2104 days ago

Hi Allison!

We just put up a nice post about your work on our blog. Thanks you for sharing your gorgeous scroll work pictures! Here’s the permalink: http://wicanderscorkoakblog.com/2008/10/24/scrollproject/
Hope you enjoy it…
Take care,
Team Wicanders

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Allison

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#15 posted 2104 days ago

What a great compliment, and I can not thank you enough!
Thanks
And of course I enjoyed it thoroughly
PEACE!!!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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