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This took me half of my semester in woodshop, and it involved a lot of tedious filing and sanding. I made this for my dad’s birthday, and I’m pretty sure he loves it.
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#1 posted 04-24-2011 02:44 AM
That looks great. Did you use different species of wood or did you stain wood different colors? If it’s different species, what are they? I do a lot of scroll saw work, but have only done one intarsia project. It was small but still tedious. I like the way you incorporated the intarsia into something useful too.
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#2 posted 04-24-2011 03:34 AM
Very nice job. Great birthday present and trust me your dad has to love it.
-- Duane, Iowa
#3 posted 04-24-2011 05:22 AM
The woods are different species, and I got all of the pieces from a scrap wood bin in my class, I know that the water is walnut, as is the head and the lower tail piece. The neck ring is maple, the breast and the upper tail piece are redwood, and the wing is a dark piece of bloodwood. I have no clue as to what the beak, the body, or the sky could be though.
#4 posted 04-24-2011 08:35 PM
Well thank you for answering that. It interests me the different species that go into intarsia work. That is the one thing that has kept me from getting into it much. I’m on a very limited budget. By the time I buy the different species I’d need and pay shipping, I just can’t afford it. The only intarsia I’ve done was a dolphin on a trunk my brother needed done. It only needed to be two different species and I used oak and mahogany. I have thought about just staining the different colors. To me though that would be taking away from what makes intarsia of interest to me to start with. One again, good job. Is there another intarsia piece planned for the future?
#5 posted 04-25-2011 07:35 AM
In all honesty, I don’t think intarsia is for me, although I love the finished product. I”m thinking of possibly adding some marquetry to my next project, but I’m already under a major time crunch. If you can’t afford the wood for intarsia, I would suggest thinking about marquetry, because veneers are much cheaper than solid woods, and you could get the pieces very flush (notice the gaps between the pieces in my duck).
#6 posted 04-25-2011 01:00 PM
I did notice the gaps Chandler, but wasn’t planning on saying anything. It’s still a great job. I noticed the gaps because I do mostly scroll work. These things stick out to me. I think I intentionally look for them. I have found though that most people never notice gaps as small as your on finished pieces. Therfore, never tell them. If they ask, be sure to express how you intentionally done it that way for effect.
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#7 posted 05-24-2011 04:54 AM
You did a great job on this. I would guess the sky is maple and the beak possibly yellowheart.
-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!
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#8 posted 05-24-2011 05:00 AM
Great coat hanger although I could not get over the irony of a beaver holding a duck up proudly. : ^ )
(I grew up in the Eugene/Springfield area)
-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov
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