Growth ruler #5, first intarsia attempt

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Project by Splitblade posted 09-11-2015 06:26 AM 1234 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another growth chart done for a friend, she wanted something farm/country themed so I picked up a nice aromatic cedar board. I decided I would try an intarsia, since it was my first try I searched high and low until I found one I wanted to try, I borrowed a image from Linda Couture (give credit where credit is due). One horse is paduak with manzanita hair, while the other is maple and almond with mulberry hair, all the black is gaboon ebony and the muzzle/nose were fumed white oak. Inlaid the horses into the cedar so there should be no chance of the intarsia coming off. All the numbers were mulberry I believe with walnut horse shoes brass pins and turquoise inay filler.

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#1 posted 09-11-2015 06:41 AM

That is wonderful. Congratulations on a great job.
Thanks for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#2 posted 09-11-2015 09:30 AM

Nice Job! Looks Beautiful!

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#3 posted 09-11-2015 02:20 PM

Fanciest growth chart I have seen. Great intarsia work. That will be cherished.

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

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#4 posted 12-06-2015 12:36 AM

Looks great. What finish did you put on the cedar?

-- You'll either make something, or you'll learn something. - My Grandfather

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#5 posted 12-07-2015 09:00 AM

I use a simple light coat of danish oil, it adds a little protection and seeps into the wood I stead of setting on top of the wood. Only one thin layer to bring out the color, afraid if I build up a solid finish writing on the ruler might not be permanent and rub off, and if your kids height rubs off then it defeats the point ;)

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