Turtle Shelf

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Project by grosa posted 11-04-2010 05:34 AM 2854 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a residential job for a lady who collected high end turtles. It would be mounted on a wall like it was crawling up the wall. All made from solid poplar. The light green was painted first then after drying it was taped off, leaving exposed areas that would be painted dark green. The scale paint job was done using a bath wash ball. I removed the staple in the middle, opened it up added weights on the edges, draped it over the project and painted it the dark green as a mist. While it was still wet I removed the mesh. This was all painted with spray paint.

-- Have a great day.

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#1 posted 11-04-2010 05:41 AM

wow grosa..that is a sweet turtle! you continue to amaze me with your craftsmanship!! thanks for sharing

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 11-04-2010 05:43 AM

A one of a kind for sure great job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 11-04-2010 05:46 AM

Thanks dakremer. Thanks Jim.

-- Have a great day.

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#4 posted 11-04-2010 05:48 AM

those scales look cool, great job

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#5 posted 11-04-2010 07:14 AM

Fantastic and cute as well.
I am sure she will love it if she loves turtles!
Nice idea about using the mesh, I must remember that for future projects. It really adds to this one nicely.
Thanks for sharing

-- Theresa,

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#6 posted 11-04-2010 11:59 AM

I wasn’t getting the shelf idea until I read the description.. silly me. Too early in the morning I guess and the brain isn’t working full-tilt
Great turtle (he’s cute) and he will look so interesting on the wall.
Excellent skin texture as well.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 11-04-2010 02:16 PM

Awesome work. The paint job is very is a great way to show off your craftsmanship. Great job!

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#8 posted 11-04-2010 03:05 PM

Very unique piece, and neat painting tricks to boot. I’d say you earned your money on this one.

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#9 posted 11-05-2010 04:18 PM

I love turtles and I LOVE your project. What a terrific idea.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#10 posted 11-05-2010 11:47 PM

That is a cool paint job!!

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#11 posted 11-08-2010 05:06 AM

Grosa, you’ve done it again! How did you ever manage the head?

Belton, Mo

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#12 posted 11-08-2010 01:36 PM

charlie, I just looked at a picture of a turtle and carved it from a chunk of poplar.

-- Have a great day.

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#13 posted 11-08-2010 01:40 PM

A big THANKS to everyone.

-- Have a great day.

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