Butterfly Mesquite

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Project by BrentB posted 03-12-2018 04:26 PM 1399 views 10 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a butterfly I made out of a piece of Mesquite wood. The butterfly wings are about 8-9 inches long. The wood was about the size of a fireplace log so I put it on the bandsaw and started slicing to see what I might find. After a few slices I could see what looked like a butterfly wing.

The mesquite was extremely hard and started wreaking havoc on my carbide tipped blade on a 17” bandsaw so I stopped at 4 slices. Next I drew a butterfly wing pattern on the slices and cut them out on my 10” bandsaw and started sanding…and sanding.

I came up with an idea to mount the wings. I took a piece of Bodark and cut a ‘slit’ on adjacent sides the width of the wings using my radial arm saw.

I don’t have is a lathe so I had to improvise. I drilled a hole in the opposite end of the Bodark, screwed in a deck screw and cut the head off the screw. Then I put the piece on my drill press and started sanding the shape of the butterfly’s body. The wings fit perfectly.

I used the French Polishing Technique to finish the butterfly’s wings and body.

Finally, I drilled a small hole in the bottom of the butterfly’s body and inserted a brass pin and attached the butterfly to an aged natural edge Mesquite branch also finished with Shellac.

As usual I gave both of them away as Christmas presents and all I have left are these pictures…..and the memory of doing something I enjoy so much.

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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#1 posted 03-12-2018 06:05 PM

Beautiful and unique. I love it!

-- Elroy

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#2 posted 03-12-2018 07:06 PM

Totally artistic and FANTASTIC!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 03-12-2018 07:09 PM

What a great find and a very creative use of that log. You did a terrific job making this unique piece. Someone got a terrific Christmas present.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#4 posted 03-12-2018 08:26 PM

Once in a while you see something that really turns your head. This is one of those items. VERY WELL DONE!!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#5 posted 03-12-2018 09:41 PM

This is a wonderful piece and is so creative.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 03-12-2018 11:38 PM

Thanks for the kudos everyone!!

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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#7 posted 03-13-2018 12:02 AM

Just gorgeous – what a work of art. Amazing!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#8 posted 03-13-2018 12:37 AM

Outstanding work! It’s beautiful! My daughter-in-law would steal it if you weren’t looking! Just kidding but She does love butterflies!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#9 posted 03-13-2018 01:37 AM

Really nice work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#10 posted 03-13-2018 01:46 AM

So beautiful nice work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 03-13-2018 02:31 AM

I trully enjoyed your butterfly. But this sentence made my day.

all I have left are these pictures…..and the memory of doing something I enjoy so much.
- BrentB

I need to look at life this way a little more.
Thank you!

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#12 posted 03-13-2018 08:46 AM

That’s a beautiful butterfly. Nice job finding that beauty that was buried in the log.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#13 posted 03-13-2018 08:49 AM

I think I would have kept one of those…very nice

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#14 posted 03-13-2018 11:53 AM

Really nice job on this one

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#15 posted 03-13-2018 01:27 PM

Thats amazing. Thanks for taking those step by step pictures. You sure have an eye for beauty, and the skill to go with it. Thanks

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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