A "Relatively" Cool Intarsia Project

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Hello, welcome to my first posted project.

Since all of my woodworking is done on a very tight budget, this is all made from pine. I downloaded this famous picture of Albert Einstein and used a free on line photo editing site (see above about budget) to turn it into a photo that consisted of only 3 colours. I then used the site to sharpen up the edges between colour transitions. Once I was satisfied with how it looked I printed it off, stuck it to a piece of wood, and headed for the scroll saw.

I cut out and sanded down each individual piece. Some pieces were left a natural pine, some had a medium stain applied, and some had a dark stain applied. Once everything was dry it was put together like a big puzzle and glued on to a piece of plywood. I then built a frame and finished it.

It was a fun project, but between the computer work, wood work, and finishing it easily took me a month of evenings to complete. Hope everyone likes it.


-- Pete, London Ontario Canada

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#1 posted 05-17-2015 06:19 PM

Well I like it! For the subject, I think the colors are perfect. I do not ever recall a color or color enhanced picture of Einstein. You choice fits his era… Well done.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 05-17-2015 07:36 PM

Nice project.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#3 posted 05-17-2015 09:56 PM

Where there’s a will, there’s a way…..

Fantastic work – thanks for sharing this!

I think this quote from Einstein fits this perfectly:

“Make it simple as possible, but not any simpler” – A.E.

You made it just as simple as it could be and still look great – nice job!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#4 posted 05-18-2015 03:31 AM

What website did you use? Looks good.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#5 posted 05-18-2015 04:13 AM

What website did you use? Looks good.

- jmartel

Search pixlr and you will find it. Works well, especially for the price! Thanks.

-- Pete, London Ontario Canada

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#6 posted 05-18-2015 01:40 PM

You did a great job on sawing out that pattern that you made from a picture. Very nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#7 posted 05-18-2015 02:23 PM

You did a really great job.

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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