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Project by halfacre posted 11-07-2015 06:02 PM 1184 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used the same pattern for all three pictures. Not all three are exactly the same though. I changed the birds and a few other things as I would get to those areas as I was scrollsawing the pieces out. I used a metal cutting scrollsaw blade because they are much thinner to keep the gap less noticeable. These blades are .012 inches thick. Being so small I broke 12 blades on the biggest picture. The pattern I started with was only 5 inches tall so by the time I enlarged it to size it was very blurry. The largest picture is 18 1/2” in diameter which the Dewalt 788 would just barely cut that big. For coloring the wood I used printers ink that is sold as a cheap refill for the home printers. This ink is really cheap at garage sales cause people screw up their printers trying to save money then clog up those tiny holes. Only the buttons on the large picture is not the ink , I used gold spray for them, the rest of the colors are the ink. These 6 bottles was 50 cents and mostly full. The middle size picture is thinned down water colors. Also coming from garage sales…
Again I used Ash wood. I still have to glue the pieces in on the largest picture.. This is the hardest part of making a picture like this…Trying to place the pieces in the right place before the glue sets up..

-- halfacre, Breckenridge, Tx





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 11-07-2015 06:16 PM

I really do like this. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#2 posted 11-07-2015 09:06 PM

Man o’ man, I wish I had your patience! I couldn’t do this if my life depended on it.

This is amazing on so many levels. I really like just looking at it. I have to favorite this one!!!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#3 posted 11-08-2015 04:11 AM

Very nice.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 11-08-2015 11:33 AM

Colours are incredible!Beautiful intarsia.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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JimInNM

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#5 posted 11-09-2015 12:36 AM

Very nice, how long does it take to do one

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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halfacre

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#6 posted 11-09-2015 12:47 AM

I hate to say it Jim but I was on that thing about 3 weeks.
There is about 6 or 7 different heights of the pieces which took time to shorten some and add extra wood under some. This is not something a person could make a living doing… I quit before I finished. You see the small clump of purple flowers, they are dull compared to the rest of the pieces.
My next step was to use 0000 steel wool and buff all the pieces smooth then spray a satin lacquer as the final finish then try to remember where the pieces go so I could glue them all together… The middle size picture is smoother and with the satin lacquer.

-- halfacre, Breckenridge, Tx

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halfacre

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#7 posted 11-10-2015 02:10 AM

Hey Ivan I was thinking of you when I posted this last picture. I don’t know if I should call it intarsa cause I really don’t know if mine is even close to being intarsa. I use my oscillating spindle sander to round over the edges. I had been using flap sanding wheels with an air grinder but it grinds my fingers away as much as it grinds the wood away..I wear a pair of latex gloves when grinding the wood and it lets me know when I am getting too close to the skin. Yes it is saving some of my skin from falling down with the saw dust…

-- halfacre, Breckenridge, Tx

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