Toucan intarsia

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Project by shopdog posted 01-26-2010 11:49 AM 3347 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been scrolling for years, and finally got around to making my first intarsia. It stands 6” high.
The body is Ipe
mahogany around the eye
eye is wenge
light wood is maple
beak is paduak
tail is tulip wood
feet are cherry

Intarsia is time consuming, and I almost gave up on this project.
Sure is a good way to use tiny scraps

thanks for looking

-- Steve--

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#1 posted 01-26-2010 02:24 PM

Looks really great!!! I’m glad you didn’t give up. I am currenlty working on my first intarsia project.

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#2 posted 01-26-2010 04:38 PM

Very nicely done for a first timer, very good contouring.

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#3 posted 01-26-2010 05:37 PM

This looks great .

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#4 posted 01-26-2010 05:46 PM

Your toucan looks great… glad you kept with it… I have not yet had time to try an intarsia project, but have some plans in mind for my first…

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

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#5 posted 02-27-2010 05:00 PM

Very good image with nicely contrasting woods! So glad you didn’t stop countour sanding sooner, the reflected light would have given the flatness away. Those few extra hours of pain gave you an heirloom, my friend.
Soft clean finish too!

-- Steve-

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#6 posted 02-27-2010 05:06 PM

I almost quit making it because some of the pieces didn’t fit too well. and then all of the sanding. I finally recut a couple of pieces…it looked good enough to spend the time sanding. I’m glad I finished it. Since then, I made another toucan, but with some different woods.

-- Steve--

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#7 posted 02-27-2010 09:19 PM

I rounded over what I could with my Bosch Colt. The rest was done by other means.
I’ll take a pic of the other one and post it.

-- Steve--

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#8 posted 02-27-2010 09:21 PM


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#9 posted 02-27-2010 11:45 PM

So nice, I made it twice…but I like the first one more.
beak and feathers-tulip wood
light wood-maple
eye surround-mahogany

time to move on to other intarsia projects

-- Steve--

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