|Project by Blake||posted 12-03-2009 08:45 AM||5256 views||14 times favorited||29 comments|
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Padauk with Ebony plugs and mirror glass. Finished with Boiled Linseed Oil. The back panel is removable for cleaning the glass.
The shape was inspired by our local Monterey Cypress Trees, and I though a mirror would be the perfect way to simulate the flickering California sunlight that shines through them.
This project has been a long time in the making. I cut this tree shape out of a piece of Padauk (aka Vermillion) over TWO years ago to practice using my new scroll saw. I don’t know why I decided to use a 3/4” slab of hardwood for scroll saw practice but it was slow-going, and turned out to be an awkward size to use for a project. It sat on the shelf for a while because I didn’t know what to do with it.
Here is the project I posted originally:
I wanted to re-saw the 3/4” but it was too tall (in either orientation) to fit in my bandsaw, and was also way too fragile. But finally I got brave enough to try something. I figured if I didn’t at least try, it would sit on the shelf forever.
I sandwiched the tree between two pieces of plywood and tons of double-stick tape. Then I fed the tree through my bandsaw freehand (no re-saw fence) and rotated it as I went so it would fit.
To my surprise it came out the other end of the blade with all of its branches intact. I carefully separated the tape and peeled the tree off the plywood. Then I ran the halves through my thickness sander, and built the frame. Since the trees are book-matched I book-matched the frame too so everything is symmetrical.
By the way I actually finished this a few months ago but just got around to hanging it and photographing it!
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