Saw Whet Owl Scrollwork 2

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Project by KnotCurser posted 02-01-2011 02:32 AM 4279 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a commissioned scroll work.

A few weeks ago I completed the 1st Saw Whet Owl for the same customer that ordered this one. When the first one was done, I was emailed Picture #2 above and asked if I could cut a likeness of it. I said “SURE” right away – maybe too soon….....

As usual, the devil was in the details – the pattern was by far the hardest part of this one. I had to take three colors and wind up with only two. Before I started cutting I was sure the head was going the be the trickiest part – I came to find out that the pine needles were just as tough.

All in all, I think it’s a fairly good likeness – I guess the customer will be the final judge. :-)

This is also a rather large cutting – I found a nice piece of poplar that still had a live edge on it and was able to get a 12×16 inch piece out of it after planing. One of my largest pieces to date! The wood is a tad over an 1/8 inch thick.

After cutting and sanding, it had a quick bath in lemon oil and then was backed with thick felt.

I really enjoyed cutting this one and hope you enjoy looking at it! :-)


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 02-01-2011 02:50 AM

Nice! Good work on combining the cuts. Very well done on the pattern and the finish! Poplar is a tough one to scroll with the fuzz and flex, but you did a great job!


-- christopheralan

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#2 posted 02-01-2011 03:13 AM


You are 100% correct when you mention the fuzz – there was certainly a boat-load of it to sand off!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#3 posted 02-01-2011 03:21 AM

Something you could try to kinda speed up the sanding and clean out is a blow torch. I have not worked with poplar in a while, but on birch and oak it works great. Use one of those cheap propane torches and LIGHTLY burn the sawdust and fuzz off the backside of the work. What ever the flame doesn’t burn off you should be able to lightly sand off. BE CAREFUL that you don’t have hot embers sitting is cracks and groves. (Learn’d the hardway…)

I was able to finish “sanding” in most cases, in about 10 minutes. Beats the heck out of Dremel’ing, emory-board’ing, and swearing at the work.

Good luck!

-- christopheralan

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#4 posted 02-01-2011 04:01 PM

Hey Bob,
Simply amazing as usual.
Dang, you do nice work with this stuff. That piece would be a lifetime achievement to me.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 02-02-2011 03:50 AM

This is an absolutely beautiful piece of art. You did a wonderful job on it.

It is wonderful!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 02-02-2011 12:22 PM

I also enjoy doing scroll work and this is a very nice piece of work !

-- Muriel, Belgium

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