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SPALTED MAPLE - A missing piece to the puzzle!

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Project by Roman Hrytsak posted 07-16-2011 05:38 PM 1295 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a difficult piece of wood to work with. Not hard enough to put a nice finish to and too soft to make it look good. So I put my carving skills to use and decided on the puzzle. Before I got finished a piece crumbled away from the boot and unto the workshop floor and was in too many bits to be glued back into place, hence the ‘missing piece’. The fragile nature of the wood was a factor.

This is a prototype for my next puzzle as my wife suggested that I improve the design by carving the boot emerging from a pile of puzzle pieces. What a challenge! We’re still talking to each other!
As soon as a suitable piece of wood is found, the new design will come to life.

I used my RAM micromotor caver with ruby and diamond bits to carve the outlines for the puzzle. I also used my burning tool ( RazorTip Pyrography tool) to darken some of the deep edges for contrast. Then I sprayed with a clear lacquer finish.

Enjoy!

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!





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BritBoxmaker

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#1 posted 07-16-2011 05:51 PM

Clever, very clever.

Since your design concept is complex how about a nice straight grained easy to carve wood, like Lime.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#2 posted 07-16-2011 06:04 PM

Good suggestion Martyn. Out here a similar variety would be basswood or tupelo (both are soft enough to carve the intricate patterns and finish well). Just checked my wood pile and I have two nice pieces in stock.

Thanks!

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!

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#3 posted 07-16-2011 06:30 PM

Now see, that’s what I like. Going with the flow and changing course when the project suggests it. I agree with your wife, the shoe emerging from the puzzle pieces is a cool concept. (...but better you than me) I had to look up the RAM micromotor… I had never heard of it. Cool project… can’t wait to see the next.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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Roman Hrytsak

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#4 posted 07-16-2011 06:53 PM

Sorry about that, RAM is a brand name and they make good micromotors. For detailed work they are so easy to handle. They have a high rpm and handle 3/32 and 1/8 diameter shafts. This is not the machine for heavy ‘hoggin’ out work.

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!

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#5 posted 07-16-2011 08:03 PM

FWIW – I turn quite a bit of spalted maple and if it is soft I give it a dose of thin super glue.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#6 posted 07-17-2011 01:14 AM

I’ve never heard of the RAM micromotor either. So i’ll be looking it up in the wed. Thanx.That’s some shoe! How comfortable to wear are they, Roman? I wear 9 1/2 DD! Are you trying to put the Dutch out of business?

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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Roman Hrytsak

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#7 posted 07-17-2011 01:23 AM

Littlepaw, this boot is a dumpy 81/2! Sorry but I’ll need a bigger log to make yours!

I like the super glue suggestion John. will give it a try. Thanks for the comment.

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!

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#8 posted 07-17-2011 01:46 AM

This is so cool! I really wish I could have a real shoe that looked like this!

-- ----- www.KNWoodworking.com ----- --

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#9 posted 07-17-2011 01:52 AM

Roman,you’re getting way too tricky with these boots my friend. This is a beautie, the concept has endless possibilities which I can tell you are already exploring. 10 for me on this one :)))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Roman Hrytsak

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#10 posted 07-17-2011 04:37 AM

I ‘ve looked at your work MrsN and I like your scroll saw work. Will be looking for a scroll saw for my next tool purchase.
Thanks for your comment Pete. As you said the possibilities with my boots is endless. Just found some gold leaf in my cabinet. I’m thinking of Cat Ballou and his boots!!! What colour goes well with gold??!!

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!

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peteg

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#11 posted 07-17-2011 05:55 AM

Hey Roman, best colour to go with gold i i i s s s s MORE GOLD Lol (:)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#12 posted 07-19-2011 05:05 AM

Nice job Roman. At first look, Ireally thought you were making a piece for Autism Awareness ? I would bet anything, that if you chose to donate this piece, they would accept it with open arms.

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#13 posted 03-20-2012 11:00 PM

Very neat.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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