|Project by schwingding||posted 04-10-2017 11:30 AM||620 views||4 times favorited||14 comments|
Hi all! Been a long time since I posted (and had much of anything to post). I’ve returned to woodworking and teaching slowly over the past few years since selling my shop when I divorced. I’m now on the teaching staff at “The Foundery” an industrial grade maker space in Baltimore and have access to everything a woodworker/artist could ever imagine.
This project I’ve just completed turned out really nicely. I had been using our laser engravers to sign my work for a few months, and also do a little inlay work. I was about to carve out standard bowtie/butterfly joints to keep this crack in check and then had an epiphany – I could make them look like real butterflies on the laser! The laser can perform both operations – carving out the negative space and cutting the inlays. However, after etching the negatives on the benchtop, the heat caused the crack to spread a bit wider before I could get the inlays inserted and glued. SO, I drew it back together till the inlays fit with clamps and then secured the joint with 2 steel plates underneath. It won’t move again! First I etch the negative, then simply use the same app to cut the inlays. The laser is so accurate that I simply offset the inlays by -0.15mm and they literally slip right in. Crazy!
My girlfriend had the idea for the legs. Of course it’s easy to have an idea, not so much to make it into reality! I chose quartered sycamore for the legs because of how it shimmers like a butterfly wing, and joined them together very carefully using a Festool Domino. Same for the joint from benchtop to legs. There’s no visible joinery on this piece other than the butterflies on top.
I already sold this prior to finishing, and the good news is I have more buyers, AND 2 more identical slabs of this walnut. What do you guys think? Glad to be back.
-- Just another woodworker