Quasimodo the nautilus

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Project by LMJ posted 02-09-2017 06:43 PM 1218 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Me and Q spent some time together despite his obvious shortcomings. I happened to be the recipient of some high grade plywood from Europe and thought it would make a nice looking piece. My first attempt at a nautilus shell and got a bit out of whack about halfway through the cutting part and it certainly shows in the end result. Probably close to 40 hours of cutting, gluing, sanding, finishing, and polishing. You can certainly see where he gets his name in the last photo. Lots of lessons learned on this one so looking forward to the next. Thoughts and comments welcomed and appreciated. Thanks for looking.

-- Just another day in paradise.

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#1 posted 02-09-2017 06:58 PM

looks pretty good to me,a true art piece,nice work.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 02-10-2017 12:56 AM

It looks great. The woodworking club I belong to has several members making them. The use red cedar for theirs. You can get a great effect with the red and white. Can’t wait to see in next one.

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#3 posted 02-10-2017 06:33 AM

A real objet d’arte. That could be in a museum. Great work!


-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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#4 posted 02-10-2017 09:44 AM

This is a gorgeous piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 02-10-2017 10:47 AM

Very nice shell, great finish on the plywood, easy to get it out of whack with the gluing of the segments. I like the base you have made, well done and wait to see your next effort.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#6 posted 02-10-2017 11:08 AM

That is amazing. You did a great job…......

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#7 posted 02-10-2017 11:50 AM

Nicely done…. very impressive project.

-- Life Member of: USA + NRA + USMC = Semper Fi to all three.

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#8 posted 02-10-2017 01:02 PM

Looks pretty awesome to me. All of us are imperfect in some way or another, but that doesn’t take away from the beauty that’s seen in the eye of the beholders.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#9 posted 02-12-2017 11:18 AM

Awesome! I think the slight imperfection makes it more organic and realistic.

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#10 posted 02-22-2017 01:21 AM

Very nice! I think these can get a little asymmetrical if the feed direction for the scroll saw blade is not exactly parallel to the table tilt hinge line. Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve Garrison,

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#11 posted 03-11-2017 04:17 PM

Thanks for all the kind comments. Makes it even more fun to do when peers enjoy your work.

-- Just another day in paradise.

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