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Sculpted Tiger Maple & Rosewood Wall Shelf

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Project by longgone posted 09-24-2014 03:34 AM 1839 views 8 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I completed my sculpted wall shelf. I forgot I had a really nice piece of Tiger Maple with a great contrast in the grain. It wasn’t big enough for a box but it was just right for this shelf. The top shelf is made from rosewood and has a contrasting maple insert.
26 1/2”x 6”x4”
I decided to use a Danish Oil natural finish instead of the usual lacquer as a change of pace for variety.





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MarkTheFiddler

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#1 posted 09-24-2014 04:38 AM

Oh yeah. Here they come! The sculpted shelves have arrived. And what a beautiful introduction! I can’t wait to see what’s next.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 09-24-2014 05:18 AM

The sculpting adds a lot of class. Great piece.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 09-24-2014 05:36 AM

Greg, Have you got a complimentary sculpted box! Be an interesting set?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 09-24-2014 05:39 AM

Great shelf from Greg the box, now shelf guy, and master of both

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#5 posted 09-24-2014 06:09 AM

Greg, I see you have changed your icon again. I hope you kill them at St. James! Let me know how it goes. Some time take a shot of your shelf from the side so I can get a better grasp of that dimension.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 09-24-2014 08:46 AM

Greg,
I see a combination of your Art Deco work and your sculpted boxes,
and by golly it works a treat.
Many avenues to explore.
Good job.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#7 posted 09-24-2014 10:26 AM

Another nice one Greg, How did you like applying the oil apposed to the lacquer?

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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doubleDD

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#8 posted 09-24-2014 01:58 PM

This reminds me so much of a set of antlers. It would go well at my lake place. Nice work Greg.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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jm82435

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#9 posted 09-24-2014 02:49 PM

I really like this one.
How do you get such good symmetry?
Do you lay out the lines first or is that just by eye?

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

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abie

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#10 posted 09-24-2014 03:02 PM

Great Job Greg:
I also ditto the above question:
Layout questions.
Give us a sample of a how too!!
TNX

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#11 posted 09-24-2014 03:57 PM

Lawd have mercy Greg, you done it again. Beautiful!

-- BOVILEXIA: The urge to moo at cows from a moving vehicle.

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#12 posted 09-24-2014 04:40 PM

Pretty dang Cool! Great job!

-- OS, Burleson, TX

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longgone

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#13 posted 09-24-2014 05:49 PM

Thanks everyone. I really like doing my sculpting and I am happy that I finally sculpted a shelf after making a few other practice shelves. I guess the variety is a good thing. My redesigned downdraft/sculpting table made it much easier to sculpt things in addition to boxes.

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longgone

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#14 posted 09-24-2014 05:53 PM



Another nice one Greg, How did you like applying the oil apposed to the lacquer?

- Blackie_


Randy…thanks…I like the oil finish and it goes on nicely but it does require longer drying times. It is a completely different finish from the lacquer and both have their place for added variety. I used teak oil for many years when I restored boats. Might use some teak oil also for some work.

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longgone

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#15 posted 09-24-2014 05:59 PM



I really like this one.
How do you get such good symmetry?
Do you lay out the lines first or is that just by eye?

- jm82435


The symmetry is easy. I use templates for the design and just flip the template over and repeat the same design on the other side of the board. I make many of the templates I use and also have some custom made by routertemplate.net
I often helps to make the template out of clear lexan so I can see how the design flows with the lines under the template. Once I make a template out of plywood it is easy to use it to duplicate the lexan template

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