Stylized Maple Fish

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Project by John Hansen posted 05-03-2017 03:51 PM 1388 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a stylized fish cut from a single curly maple board measuring 48” x 6” x 1”. I had this board left over from a job and after staring at it for a few months, I decided to see if I could make a puzzle piece-together shape. I found a similar shape to this on the internet and altered it quite a lot to fit my taste. There was no mention of the author of the original so unfortunately I cannot forward the credit. I like the curves and the flow of this piece. I cut the shapes 3/4” deep with my cnc and then freed them from the board with my table saw. All the pieces fit back together with rounded dove tail joints.

-- John Hansen

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#1 posted 05-03-2017 03:59 PM

Interesting (and well done) piece of art. How big is the finished piece?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#2 posted 05-03-2017 04:17 PM

Interesting (and well done) piece of art. How big is the finished piece?

- shipwright

It is 36” long, 16” tall and 3/4” thick. I forgot to mention that… it’s hanging above me right now.

-- John Hansen

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#3 posted 05-03-2017 04:38 PM

Fine looking shape.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 05-03-2017 06:27 PM

CNC would be a fun tool to mess with. Looks great, well done.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#5 posted 05-03-2017 08:41 PM


-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#6 posted 05-04-2017 01:18 AM

Clever. Very clever.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 05-04-2017 01:15 PM

I can’t even comprehend how one would program a cnc machine to cut these shapes, especially the dovetaials so they fit together so flawlessly.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#8 posted 05-04-2017 02:58 PM

This is very creative and beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 05-04-2017 04:08 PM

nice job

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#10 posted 05-05-2017 07:08 PM

Great sense of design!

-- Dale

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