Intarsia eagles

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Project by sublime4life40 posted 11-24-2007 04:59 AM 2515 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are a couple of my favorite intarsia eagle pieces.They were fun to make.I lost some of my fingernails making them but they turned out pretty good.The 1st eagle was made from 3/4”pine wood and air brushed with flat white paint and then seeled.The 2nd eagle has 3 different wood types.The brown feathers were walnut.The talens and beak were oak.The head was pine.I air brushed the head feathers flat white and seeled them.The pattern came from Creative Woodworks,Hope you like them

-- Rick,Neoga,IL.

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#1 posted 11-24-2007 11:10 AM

Great looking work Rick – they really came out nice. I like the craftsmanship and the finish – good stuff.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 11-24-2007 12:03 PM

good work!
he one with the feathers… ooh la la

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 11-24-2007 01:38 PM

Your third one is one mean looking eagle.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#4 posted 11-24-2007 01:48 PM

I have always wanted to try intarsia…. and now that I have retired.. Your projects look very nice. And painted too…...that’s the first time I have seen intarsia painted…..very nice.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#5 posted 11-24-2007 02:55 PM

Rick, Very nice. I have to ask, are these your own designs? It is different to see painted intarsia. It would eliminate a lot of the problems of wood selection.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 11-25-2007 04:37 AM

Nice work! I like them.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#7 posted 11-26-2007 05:29 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone.I will answer some of your comments.Intarsia takes alot of time. First you have to run off extra patterns if your going to use different wood types. .After you have placed your patterns on the stock. You can start cutting them out. After the cutting is done, you need to start shaping the pieces.I use different sized drums to shape and sand.The amount of shaping is up to you,but you want the pieces to fit as tight as possible, so dont take too much off the bottom of each piece.You also want the pieces to have a certain amount of contour to them, so they have demention. Sometimes you have to refit pieces too.After you’ve fitted your pieces Sand each piece for the final finish this is the longest part. You need to cut a back board for the project. Fit your pieces on a back board and trace around them in the shape of your project. Cut the back board out. Now you need stain or paint each piece. Some people use the woods natural color instead of paint.After you finished painting or staining, glue it all up .Gorilla glue is a good glue for wood or any project.You want to place something level and heavy on top of the project. Let the glue setup for 24hrs. your done.This was just a breif description on how to do intarsia.Some people do it differently but my way works too. Most of the patterns, I use come from” Creative Woodcrafts”.I havent designed any of my own projects yet, but im working on it.Thank you

-- Rick,Neoga,IL.

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