Multi-Textured Wall Hanging

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Project by KnotCurser posted 10-16-2014 12:17 AM 1646 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a wall hanging I created using mahogany and ash. Two woods I have rarely seen paired together, but in this case I think they work well together.

I wanted to try experimenting with displaying items in multiple planes and using differing textures within the same piece. I took a thick piece of ash and gave it a very rough texture using my CNC Router.

I then inset an area within the textured plane and left it smooth in order to affix the multiple cats I cut out using my scrollsaw.

The cats were originally designed to be a puzzle, but I liked the look of them better with a bit of space between them. The grain of the mahogany carries nicely through them and kind of ties them all together.

Overall dimensions are 7 1/2×9 1/2 inches.

Finish is a few coats of spray lacquer.

Looking at it now, the entire piece kind of reminds me of an Egyptian Hieroglyph – they DID like cats, right?

By the way, my wife claimed this piece as soon as she saw it!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 10-16-2014 12:27 AM

Now this I like.
What a wonderful combo of textures and fun.

A winner here Bob,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 10-16-2014 04:07 AM

Those are some cool cats. A very nice combination of textures, wood, and techniques. VERY nice Bob.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 10-16-2014 04:38 AM

BRAVO !!! The diversity of talents on LumberJocks never ceases to amaze me.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#4 posted 10-16-2014 05:13 AM

Amazing how intuitive the wife is in, deciding what is ‘claim worthy’ or – not!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

#5 posted 10-16-2014 06:57 AM

Very interesting project.


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 10-16-2014 09:59 AM

This is really cool! I love the final look of it! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 10-16-2014 10:24 AM

Great work on this nice piece of art Bob. The colors, textures and cats look wonderful together. This is a great way to use a CNC router.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 10-16-2014 12:21 PM

Not just beautiful, but you have generated so many ideas I need to sit down.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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Nicholas B. Cohen

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#9 posted 10-16-2014 01:39 PM

That frame is very nice.

-- Nicholas

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#10 posted 10-16-2014 02:59 PM

Tetris kitties!! Neat idea.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 10-16-2014 07:07 PM

+1 with john hutchinson

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

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#12 posted 10-20-2014 10:55 AM

A mighty fine piece o art to hang on any wall. I really like it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#13 posted 10-23-2014 06:27 PM

Very nice and interesting. I think they work good together.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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