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This is the most “fluid” project I have made to date.
My thoughts were a warm sunset using natural colors of the wood.
The individual pieces were cut so that the grain of the wood would enhance the motion of the sunbeams in an outward direction. The pieces were contoured intarsia style to give it a three dimensional feel.
The project has a warm and calming effect which is great in the shop !!
Hope you feel the warmth too : )

~Original Post~
I wanted to try something….”non dimensional”. Meaning I didn’t want to be bothered measuring; remeasuring, needing to be exact. This is my artistic side, recently some of the jock posts have been about the artistic side, it felt like a nice break from the structural side.

I envisioned this to be drawer faces for my workbench, you can see the cut lines for the drawers on the sketch up, now I don’t yet have the heart to cut it : ( That feeling should wear off in a few days, it was intended to be cut. I also built the drawers from scrap pine and ply, and wanted to dress up the fronts of the drawers.
In the third pic I think you can see the finger grips routered under the holly, and the horizon strip of purpleheart has a finger groove on the bottomside.

The sun is yellowheart and bloodwood. The rays are padauk and walnut sapwood (it was free). The horizon and outline of the sun are purpleheart. What was supposed to be clouds, the top border, is holly. (thanks Autumn) They don’t look like clouds, and I was disappointed. I see after the fact that they should have been taller and drooped down a bit more making them more poofy appearing. I was being stingy with the holly, it is highly treasured, I keep it in my safe LOL. Finished with BLO, needs wax when the BLO dries.

Comments and critiques are always welcome : )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#1 posted 1598 days ago

Your artistic side is evident in this piece..and hardly a straight line

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 1598 days ago

Make a bigger drawer. Or cut it and have the complete package.

But, truly beautiful

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#3 posted 1598 days ago


lisa , your work is leaping forward ,

and your artistic expression is getting a chance to really ’ shine ’ !

i am very happy for you !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 1598 days ago

That artistic side is as cool as the woodworking and precision side.
This will be an incredible drawer front… perhaps you should put it where everyone can see it!
I love the wood choices, combined in a very natural way.
Excellent, excellent, excellent!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#5 posted 1598 days ago

That’s a heck of a good idea and looks great. Nice going Dustbunny!

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#6 posted 1598 days ago

Pretty Work, Lisa!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#7 posted 1598 days ago

Lisa, It looks fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for sharing

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#8 posted 1598 days ago

Lisa you should put a frame a round it. That is a very fine piece of art.

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#9 posted 1598 days ago

I really like this Lisa, very artsy and the long shape is not common, very cool.
I agree with Loucarb, this deserves a frame and a spot on the wall.
Very nicely done!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#10 posted 1598 days ago

You are truly an artist. Beautiful.

-- Carl R Mesaros

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#11 posted 1598 days ago

one word amazing this is a piece of art very well done
i like it a lot

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#12 posted 1598 days ago

Hi Lisa..lovely piece..rather itarsia-ey, and scrolly mix. I like it a lot a few of these as drawer fronts would be awesome!

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#13 posted 1598 days ago


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#14 posted 1598 days ago

That looks fantastic!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 1598 days ago

That is gonna be one nice work bench. It’s very unique. I like it.

-- Janice

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