Intarsia and Inlay

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Project by sublime4life40 posted 11-27-2007 10:10 AM 2363 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone.These are a few projects that were fun to make.Nothing went to waist on the intarsia angel. I think there were like 39 pieces uncluding the base.The wood is 1/2” pine. I stained the base with red oak stain by minwax.I used tung oil for the robe.The wings,face and hair were brush painted.The next project is a Intarsia chickadee has 3 wood types.Theres pine,cherry and walnut.It was pretty simple to do.The main thickness is 3/4” accept for the walnut leaf its 1/2”in.The finish is tung oil.The 3rd project is a scrollsaw portrait of Humphrey Bogart.Nothing went to waste on this project either.Its heavy duty oak 8”x10”x3/4”.The frame is oak also 1”x2”.I dont have a roughter so ,I had to use my tablesaw to get the fancy look on the face of the picture frame.After everything was cut out,I sanded pieces with 100,220 grit paper.I used tung oil for the lighter colored pieces and walnut stain for the base.The frame was finished with tung oil also.When cutting the frame.I cut dados to hold the picture in the frame.they were cut 1/4” deep and 1” wide for the back board.The picture could knock you out, if it fell on your head,Its solid.The thing,I like about this picture is how the wood grain flows together and how it has the effect of shadow.The pattern was a picture that ,I edited on my computer using serif photo plus 6.The software is good for making pictures cuttable for patterns.I use it mainly for people portraits.You can download it free at their site. Its simple to just takes practice at first, but when you figure out the tricks, your up and cutting.

-- Rick,Neoga,IL.

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#1 posted 11-27-2007 12:36 PM

these are all awesome!
The angel really has my interest …. how tall is she?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 11-27-2007 03:18 PM

Beautiful intarsia, I’m a fan, welcom e to LJs, if you need anything just ask. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 11-27-2007 03:38 PM

Rick, I’m very impressed, especially with the flow that is visable in the angel. I really like your intarsia and would encourage you to pursue it to new levels. Push the envelope.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 11-27-2007 06:25 PM

Beautiful artwork!

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

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#5 posted 11-27-2007 06:32 PM

Rick your work is top notch. I like all three of the pieces that you posted. I agree with Thomas, you should take your work to the next level – I see some real talent budding here, you have the eye of an artist.

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

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#6 posted 11-27-2007 09:51 PM

Thanks for all the comments.Everyone here at lumberjocks are such nice people. MsDebbieP, the intarsia angel is 14”x8”x1/2”.Im working on some original intarsia patterns .Im just so busy with the have to get done projects. I havent much free time to work on the new intarsia patterns.Hopefully after Christmas I can get back to them. Rite now its pushing to get my famillys Christmas presents done.Im looking forward to talking to each of you soon. soon

-- Rick,Neoga,IL.

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#7 posted 11-29-2007 01:37 PM

I just love your Bogart. Job well done ! ..and thanks for the link to the photo editor. I was looking for something like that.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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Douglas Bordner

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#8 posted 11-29-2007 05:51 PM

Neat stuff and something that I would like to add to my arsenal. I have to admit with propane going at the current rate, I might have to drag the scroll saw down to the basement and do more indoor work this winter – if I can cut back on the addiction.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 09-23-2008 11:36 PM

Very nice work indeed. Would love to see a blog on how you make them, from picture to polished peice, would be fasinating.

You have a real eye for this. Thank you for posting

-- Keep your tools sharp, your mind sharper and the coffee hot

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Randolph Torres

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#10 posted 11-04-2008 07:13 AM

what an exquisite angel the flowing robe looks so 3d yet it is only 2d Very Good Job.

-- another tip from cooperedpatterns

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