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Project by cheller posted 2380 days ago 1446 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A blog friend of mine (not quite the same as an imaginary friend) had a very hard year last year. She loves dragonflies. Many months ago I had the idea of making her a dragonfly ornament/window hanging. When I saw the pattern for this, intended as a chip carving (I’ll have to look up which magazine), several months ago it spoke to me as the perfect one for her. Because of the intricacies of the design it did not lend itself to a 4” size. At this size, just under 6 inches (dollar bill size), it looked like it would work. It’s not perfect, if you look carefully you can see evidence of a few of the starter holes, but I think it will brighten her day. It’s mahogany, 1/8” thick. The finish is spray polyurethane. The hole at the top is for hanging.

A special thank you goes to Todd for his photography tips which I made use of in photographing this.

-- Chelle http://artsgranddaughter.blogspot.com





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Karson

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#1 posted 2380 days ago

Great design and execution. You should never have pointed out the starter holes. It looks perfect. Handmade articles do not look like they were made by machines.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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cheller

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#2 posted 2380 days ago

Thanks, Karson. The design is not mine, but I do like it.

I wouldn’t have pointed out the starter holes, except I figure at least a few of the Lumberjocks would notice them.

-- Chelle http://artsgranddaughter.blogspot.com

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nickman

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#3 posted 2380 days ago

whoa thats cool, I bet she’ll love it!

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GaryK

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#4 posted 2379 days ago

Looks great! I know she’ll like it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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rikkor

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#5 posted 2379 days ago

Good job on the piece, and good luck to your friend.

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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 2379 days ago

it’s wonderful.
those little bitty “triangle” type pieces in the tail—yikes. Well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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TreeBones

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#7 posted 2379 days ago

Nice work, your friend is lucky to have you.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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GMoney

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#8 posted 2379 days ago

it is nice work and has a nice balance to the design. you can hide the feed through holes completely if you drill in the center of those cutouts. i don’t see a lot of scrollsaw work on most sites, it’s very pleasent to it here.

-- Greg, CT

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cheller

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#9 posted 2378 days ago

GMoney – I’ve been working on lining up the starter holes at the edges of the cutouts, since it’s difficult to not leave evidence of them if you start in the middle. The problem with these was mostly because there just isn’t much room to adjust the cut if the hole is off by a little.

I’ve got a bunch of other scrollwork in my projects, and the most recent (other than this) is in my blog.

-- Chelle http://artsgranddaughter.blogspot.com

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