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FACES AND FIGURES IN WOOD (updated)

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Project by vipond33 posted 09-28-2011 03:09 AM 2141 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just about one month now till the night when you can’t get a dang thing done, the doorbell keeps ringing and very small, very cute nightmares stand there and command you to hand over the candy or else. Scary stuff, especially if you’re right in the middle of a tricky glue up.

This post is about a framed veneer panel that I hang up every year about now. I’m always looking for faces in wood and here are three.

The spooky main one is elm burl, trimmed in a classy solid mahogany with acrylic paint and then lacquered. The rest of the year it’s hung upside down, inside the house, and resembles a frog playing at being an airplane while riding a turtle, or so says my daughter.
My usual method on flat frames like this is plain old butt joints. I glue on two sides, trim the edges with a very sharp blade and glue on and flush the second two. There is glue everywhere, the pieces are narrow, nothing ever moves, and it’s a super crisp super easy joint.

The dark one is an off-cut of teak from my crokinole board project. I had so little of the material to work with that again I had to use butt joints.
But I made em better. The old reinforce with brass screws after the glue is dry and file off the heads trick – is a treat. Ha. The nice part about this one is that he reappears everywhere. Tried and True with 5mm mini wonder hinges.

The light one is an unknown burl veneer over Baltic ply, again with lacquer. It’s my mouse house. When I hear him whine “Aw, c’mon, please, just one more link!” – I lower the boom and we both go to bed.

I’m hoping that between now and then, some of you will post the faces (or figures) in wood that you have found. These would be quick little projects – take a picture or two and just send them along. Maybe title them “Faces and Figures in Wood”? I’m sure there’s tons of interesting stuff in your workshops.

14”x 15 1/4”x 1/2”
3 1/2”x 6 3/4”x 2 3/4”
4”x 5”x 1 3/4”
About 12 hrs.
Build on LJ’s.
gene

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.





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Karson

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#1 posted 09-28-2011 03:29 AM

This is a hanging cabinet that I made for my sister.

Click for details

I didn’t get a great picture of the panel before she took it home.

-- 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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vipond33

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#2 posted 09-28-2011 03:42 AM

Karson has led led the charge. Hey, even better, just put them in the comments!

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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rance

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#3 posted 09-28-2011 04:00 AM

Those are too cute, and scary.

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

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peteg

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#4 posted 09-28-2011 04:44 AM

Wow you guys get some beautiful burls over there, great spotting both of you, love that carving Gene, especially the hound dog thats a beaut :))

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

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ChicoWoodnut

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#5 posted 09-28-2011 05:17 AM

Wow Carson. That looks kinda well . . .

Female

In a fractal sort of way.

Interesting

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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Karson

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#6 posted 09-28-2011 05:23 AM

I thought that it kind of looked like a Can-Can dancer from the neck to the upper legs.

My sister had a different thought as to what it was.

I think I got some more of that veneer. I might have to look for it.

-- 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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ChicoWoodnut

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#7 posted 09-28-2011 05:28 AM

I think you and I saw the same thing.

Madonna in a bustier

Kinda wide round the waist though

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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KnotCurser

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#8 posted 09-28-2011 01:04 PM

I would label these as “enhanced pareidolia”

Check out the example on Wikipedia towards the bottom of the page – great hunk of burlwood:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia

Great examples & Great work!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 09-28-2011 01:24 PM

That’s some interesting wood and very nice projects. They make wonderful conversation pieces.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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SPalm

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#10 posted 09-28-2011 02:23 PM

Ha!
This is not mine, but from LJ legend GaryK. I have always remembered it. Bill Clinton?


.
It is from his blog here.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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BritBoxmaker

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#11 posted 09-29-2011 09:58 PM

The mind is a wonderful thing and will always try to make something it recognises out of what the eyes provide.

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

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#12 posted 10-06-2011 12:44 PM

Another one, my bench scraper in cherry. Never could decide whether it’s a man running or the face of a big blond dog.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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vipond33

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#13 posted 10-06-2011 02:28 PM

Why such a long face?

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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BritBoxmaker

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#14 posted 10-06-2011 03:27 PM

I never tire of seeing faces in the wood. What marvellous tricks the mind plays. My own little contribution

I still maintain its Barrack O’Bama with a pacifier in his mouth.

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

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vipond33

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#15 posted 04-01-2012 04:56 PM

Too small to be considered a separate project, but an interesting find from the offcuts bin. How often do you get an eagle flying smack dab into a chunk of white oak?

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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