Intarsia Submarine - Dolphin Insignia

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Project by SgtSnafu posted 06-13-2009 02:44 PM 8732 views 8 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the second Intarsia project I did – and was made for my brother inlaw. I made the pattern in October of last year, started cutting on it in November, and completed it in December.

It was constructed of Ambrosia Maple, Holly for the wave crest, Ebony for the eyes, and Yellow Heart for the spotlight. The name plaque is suspended by aluminum tubes brushed to match the name tag. I had to make holders for the fish bodies to facilitate, the contour sanding the body to a taper, and to keep all the scales in order, can you imagine if I dropped them ! ? ;-) Also at the very end I recut one piece, it was really alright but was not the affect I was looking for… Can you tell which piece is different in the final project?

Edit 12-17-2012: Sublevel4 asked about my pattern – I added the last picture. This is a picture I used for my inspiration to create the pattern I used. I found on the internet a picture of a graphic on a check…

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#1 posted 06-13-2009 03:09 PM

As a former Bubblehead, I would be proud to hang this on my wall. Very nice.

-- Glenn - Seabrook, TX

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#2 posted 06-13-2009 03:23 PM

Thats a lot of cutting and sanding and fitting it all together.
You really did a great job!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#3 posted 06-13-2009 03:47 PM

Very well done.

Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

-- Not my woodworking

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#4 posted 06-13-2009 04:44 PM

This is cool. Is it the front of the fish face on the right that you changed?

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#5 posted 06-13-2009 05:47 PM

Very Nice! Great looking Intrasia. Welcome to Lunmerjocks.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 06-13-2009 06:52 PM

Very cool and unique design. Thanks for sharing and Welcome

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#7 posted 06-13-2009 07:54 PM

My brother and my son were submariners both earned their Submarine Warfare Insignia (aka, Dolphins), I know they would love to have something like that. Nice work.

Taken from Wikipedia… the Submarine Warfare Insignia is considered one of the Navy’s three major warfare pins along with the Surface Warfare Badge and the Naval Aviator Badge. To earn the right to wear the pin, prospective submariners complete an extensive qualification process that lasts about one year (for both enlisted and officers, though the two programs differ significantly) and covers virtually all of the submarine’s systems.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#8 posted 06-13-2009 10:15 PM


-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#9 posted 06-14-2009 12:18 AM

I agree Allison, Outdamnstanding!

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 06-14-2009 01:19 AM

great work well done really like the design.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 06-14-2009 03:49 AM

Thank you everyone.

Christopher – Thanks for taking a stab at my question. The recut piece is actually the sub, I wanted it to jut out further, so I recut from a thicker block, and then tapered it down to the water level, tough to tell the height difference with the straight on pictures, but the final one has a different grain and some worm holes…

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#12 posted 06-14-2009 04:17 AM

Very nice work. As like others I am navy man and would be proud to have that in my home. Keep up the good!

-- Chad, Si vis pacem, para bellum

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#13 posted 06-14-2009 07:01 AM

As a former bubblehead – outstanding!

However, that’s a bullnose (a ring mounted on the bow of the submarine) not a searchlight.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#14 posted 01-19-2010 10:02 PM

wow, very nice intarsia work…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#15 posted 04-03-2010 04:17 PM

Big Kudos from yet another former bubblehead! A proud image indeed!

-- Steve-

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