|Project by James||posted 06-07-2009 02:51 AM||1746 views||12 times favorited||5 comments|
Here is a poplar mosaic box I just finished making. The light color is sapwood, the dark colors are heartwoods from different boards.
This one is a first for me on a few things:
First, this time I paid attention to grain orientation when constructing the sides, trying to align the grains up around the corners. What a difference that made to the appearance of the poplar grain.
Second, this is a first time attempt at mosaic work for me. It was pretty tedious with all the little pieces but for a first try i think it turned out ok.
Third, I used splines in the corners this time and I really like them. They add a little touch of detail without much work. Thanks to you LJs for your jig hints and tips on this one.
Overall I am quite pleased, althought I dont know if I will do the mosaic thing again. Pretty time consuming. I haven’t put a finish on this one yet, was wondering what you guys think. Everytime I finish a softwood I get results that look blotchy and uneven. Perhaps no stain at all since there is so much color variation already?
Please feel free to post good/bad comments. I like to hear what others think as I learn!
-- James, Bluffton, IN