1st Intarsia project

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Project by DaleMaley posted 01-23-2015 12:19 AM 1607 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am always looking for new woodworking related projects to expand my horizons.

In 2014, I learned how to make ink pens and how to incorporate more colorful Kokomo glass into woodworking projects.

So for 2015, I decided to try out intarsia.

A couple years ago, I saw the interesting front cover of an intarsia book, in a woodworking store. I bought the book, read it, but was too busy on other projects to try it out at that time.

Kathy Wise’s book is split into beginning, intermediate, and advanced intarsia projects.

I have learned through past experience, it is best to read a book, and do some practice projects….....before diving into the advanced projects. The beginning project is a goldfish made all from yellow heart wood.

You basically scroll saw out all the pieces, sculpture and sand them, and glue them back together again. In the advanced projects, you use different colored woods in your project. You get a 3D effect by raising or lowering the wood pieces, and by the sculping work. When you are done, you put a picture hangar on the back, and hang it on the wall.

Everything went pretty well on this beginning project. I learned you can spend as much time as you want doing the sculpting and shaping of the pieces. On this goldfish, you could spend another hour or two tapering parts from thick to thin if you want.

If you are interested in the trials & tribulations of this project, you can see my web site more details.

I am moving on to the intermediate project next.

You can get Kathy Wise’s patterns and books at

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 01-23-2015 02:20 PM

Nice job on your first intarsia piece! Once you get on a roll you continue to try new techniques with more complexity. It’s amazing after a few projects under your belt how advanced you can become. Looking forward to seeing more of your future intarsia pieces.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#2 posted 01-23-2015 03:55 PM

Dale, you did a really nice job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 01-23-2015 10:48 PM

Thanks for the words of encouragement.

I plan to post future, more difficult projects, as I complete them.

-- Dale, Illinois,

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