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Project by NicHartman posted 10-31-2016 11:43 PM 396 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this lititle project came about when my girlfriend finally asked me to make something that I didn’t have to force her to ask for.
Progress.
So, she wanted a picture frame, and I wanted to pretend I knew what I was doing with carving. Following my “I can do that” sense, I went ahead and decided to try something I’ve seen on the site a lot, the wave form carving work on those beautiful jewelry boxes and watch boxes. And may I say, infinite respect to guys that do this for a job. Your patience is zen-like, I was cussing myself out for thinking I could enjoy the 6-8 hours of hand sanding and needle filing it took after the first 2.
Back to the project. So I laminated my lacewood/maple blank together and hand planed the curve on it because my shop teachers’ cruddy router bits are my mortal enemy and I wouldn’t pass this through his dull and rickety shaper for all the silk in China. After that I found a cheap picture frame to steal the backing and glass from and figured I incidentally had only about 1/4 of a inch extra wood on my blank. This happiness was quickly turned to confusion as I realized his miter saw as off (go figure) and my miters didn’t close. I decided to cover them up with a spline over the face of the joint, which fixed that well enough, and I thought it looked nice. A little spooky to do those on the RAS that obviously does not bave a negative hook blade though. From there it was just a bunch of carving and hand sanding, hours and hours with a dremel and a file. Sanded up to 320, 0000 steel wool’d, and about 7 coats of a wipe on poly/oil blend. Buffed and polished with paste wax. Comments and criticisms always welcome!





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 11-01-2016 11:18 AM

Very unique. I love it. Great idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 11-01-2016 02:23 PM

This is a real beauty.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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NicHartman

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#3 posted 11-01-2016 02:33 PM

Thanks for the input guys, it means a lot!
It’s nice to hear from two people who I know know what they’re talking about, love your work.

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JimInNM

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#4 posted 11-01-2016 03:44 PM

For all the individual problems you had the total project turned out very well, looks like everything was planned. Good job

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

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sras

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#5 posted 11-01-2016 07:03 PM

Nice project! Your shaping work looks great and the corner accent looks intentional. A lot of “recovery features” can end up being improvements – I think this one did for sure.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 11-01-2016 07:10 PM

Great job. Inspires the mind.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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NicHartman

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#7 posted 11-01-2016 10:33 PM

Thanks guys, a lot of the look of this project did definitely come from fixing little mess ups I came upon by my own lack of judgment and my tool’s misbehavior. Fortunately, it didn’t look clumsy in the end.

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majuvla

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#8 posted 11-02-2016 05:55 PM

Very unique. Why not waved frame. Looks realy good.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Jeremymcon

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#9 posted 11-06-2016 10:30 AM

Dremel and a file for all that shaping? I think I’d have started with a fairly shallow sweep carving gouge, then gone to the file or sandpaper… Never tried it though, and I suppose you have to use that tools you have access to.

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NicHartman

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#10 posted 11-06-2016 11:57 PM

Actually the sanding drum on the Dremel ate right through the wood, no problem. The sleeves on those last a long time and cut well when they’re fresh. I don’t know how much i’d want to try and push a gouge through that lacewood either, tricky grain on that stuff.

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