Beatles: For Sale Scrollwork

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Project by KnotCurser posted 08-06-2011 09:03 PM 1684 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The “For Sale” album by the Beatles is probably the least known cover – mainly because of the somber, downtrodden looks on their faces and the very tiny print in the upper left of the album. They did this purposely to reflect the mostly downbeat mood of the songs on the album. The most known songs from this album are “Eight Days a Week” and “What You’re Doing”

I really want to eventually do a scrollcutting of every Beatles album cover, so I took this one on a few weeks ago and decided to just focus on the faces. I put the lettering off to the side as a last minute addition.

The wood is Honey Locust and since I did the lumbering six or seven months ago, I was able to keep two live edges on this one.

The piece measures 11×5 inches and is around 3/16” thick.

As usual, a soak in lemon oil for the finish and backed with thick felt.

I think I might tackle “The White Album” next – I don’t know if I have enough talent or patience for something that hard though…............



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 08-06-2011 09:15 PM

Bob – I really enjoy seeing these projects of yours. You have an amazing amount of talent. You nailed this one, my friend, as you do most of your creations. I have seen so many portraits that are overdone and ‘busy’ to the point of distraction. You always have a wonderful balance of light and shadow in yours. Simply wonderful!

Sheila :)

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

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#2 posted 08-06-2011 10:07 PM

Again, super.. outstanding…. and very good…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 08-06-2011 10:39 PM

Nice one, Bob.

The White Album could be your greatest challenge yet!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 08-06-2011 10:44 PM

Thanks all – I agree with you Martyn…...... I might have to take a few more lessons to attempt the dreaded White Album…... The detail in that one might do me in…..........

We will see….........


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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Pete Jansen

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#5 posted 08-06-2011 10:48 PM

Very nice work. I’ve been looking for wood like that with bark still
on it. It’s very hard to find when you want it. Or it’s too late and
it’s all dry cracked already. Again, nice piece.

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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#6 posted 08-07-2011 05:33 AM

Bob, you did good on this one(too). You do good on ALL of them though. I think I could do the White album with a little of your help. :)

LTC, I believe the bark is more likely to stay attached if it is cut down in the winter when the sap is down. Cut down in the summer and when the sap all runs out, the bark will fall off.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#7 posted 08-07-2011 10:19 AM

Nice Cuttin’ Bob!!
After you get all practiced up on the White Album, Sgt. Pepper should be a snap… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#8 posted 08-07-2011 03:55 PM

Thank you all, once again!

Just to echo rance’s suggestion, this tree was cut down in the beginning of December and sliced up in February of this year. I am not sure if rance’s idea is factual or not, but I CAN say it worked on this piece. :-)


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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