Ode to Bella

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Project by MacSteveT posted 919 days ago 1018 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all, this is my first project posting on Lumberjocks, though I have been enjoying other folks work here for some time. This is a 6”x6” curly maple plaque with a Bolivian rosewood inlay – a silhouette of Bella, my wife’s German Shepherd. I made this as a birthday present for her (my wife) :) The last pic is a 4’x4’ painting my wife made a few years ago, and served as the inspiration for this project.

This is my first ever inlay work – I used a Dremel with router housing attachment to route up to 1/16” or so from the outline, and finished it out with a small skew chisel. My plan was to fill any small gaps with fine maple sawdust and CA glue, but I discovered that maple sawdust turns a dark reddish brown when mixed with CA glue. Using rosewood dust was plan B, but I wanted to avoid that as much as possible so as not to distort the lines. Lesson learned.

Finally, I made a small easel style stand out of cut offs from the original piece maple. The finish is Minwax Polyurethane Clear Gloss – another first for me. I am giving it a couple of days to thoroughly dry before I attempt to buff it to a better shine.

Thanks very much for looking, and I appreciate all comments / critiques.

-- "Do, or do not. There is no try." ~Yoda

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#1 posted 919 days ago

i have yet to try and inlay something! It looks fun, but scary

Looks good from here! Glad to see you sharing some projects! Welcome to LJ’s! :)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 919 days ago

Very well done . Nice wood combo !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 919 days ago

Beautiful, the inlay came out perfect

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#4 posted 919 days ago

I love the sweeping wood grain in Bolivian rosewood inlay, perfect for this project. Really nice choice in wood’s! It’s a beautiful piece!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#5 posted 919 days ago

Good job and very nice wood too.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 919 days ago

Thanks very much for all the nice comments! As it turns out, my wife was very happy with the gift, and Bella is curled up at my feet in my office as I write this. Life is good :)

-- "Do, or do not. There is no try." ~Yoda

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#7 posted 918 days ago

Nice job on the easel too.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#8 posted 918 days ago

Thats cool! Great work! I like the wood choices.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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