C's Dragonfly

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Project by cheller posted 01-07-2008 04:52 AM 2037 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

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#1 posted 01-07-2008 04:56 AM

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 soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 01-07-2008 04:59 AM

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

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#3 posted 01-07-2008 06:12 AM

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

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#4 posted 01-07-2008 09:09 AM

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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#5 posted 01-07-2008 11:39 AM

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

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#6 posted 01-07-2008 12:13 PM

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

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 01-07-2008 07:16 PM

Nice work, your friend is lucky to have you.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#8 posted 01-07-2008 11:29 PM

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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#9 posted 01-08-2008 06:48 PM

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

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