|Project by vipond33||posted 09-28-2011 03:09 AM||2696 views||1 time favorited||16 comments|
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.
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