"Lacework Stitching" Oak Wax Display Shelf

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 04-20-2012 02:49 AM 3147 views 26 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As we begin work on a variety of slabs and planks featuring cracks, splits, and checks it seemed like it would be a fun idea to post this project as it features a unique method of stabilizing a crack.

I made a simple rustic plank display shelf to hang at Willard Brother’s lumber for a display to sell Renaissance Wax. As is the usual trend these days – my partner Mike took a look at the piece and rambled about something to do with lace work and let’s make this more interesting so everyone who walks into the office at the lumber yard HAS to stop and look at it.

So he went to work and did a unique lacework pattern across the crack! Turned out pretty cool, we stocked it with wax and it has definitely attracted some attention.

Stay tuned, there will be some very unique butterflies, stitches, lacework, and other features pending in our upcoming summer projects!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 04-20-2012 02:58 AM

Very cool idea, looks like it could be a little easier then the butterflies. Are the laces recessed into the top or attached to the surface.

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#2 posted 04-20-2012 03:07 AM

Isn’t imagination great!

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#3 posted 04-20-2012 04:07 AM


Terrific! I like this idea so much better than bowties/butterflies. Thanks for sharing.


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#4 posted 04-20-2012 04:18 AM

Very creative. I would think the ‘laces’ are cut into the wood with a router. then Tenons glued in and the tops shaped.
Great display.

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#5 posted 04-20-2012 05:38 AM

Very good idea to cover wood cracks

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#6 posted 04-20-2012 07:23 AM

awsome reminds me of the stiichting on the old pig skin


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#7 posted 04-20-2012 07:53 AM

Great work I love it….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 04-20-2012 07:53 AM

I like it a lot too….but I wonder how good it would be to stabilize the split, seems to me the “laces” are a bit thin. could you explain your technique a bit further?

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#9 posted 04-20-2012 10:25 AM

Very creative!

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#10 posted 04-20-2012 12:43 PM

Zoom in close guys! Dark dowels at the ends and the stitches are a little bit proud of the surface. Drill 2 rows of holes and glue in the dowels.
I guess that a jig and a narrow router bit makes a slot to glue the stitches in. Very nice work!

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#11 posted 04-20-2012 04:23 PM

I am mesmerized by these.

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#12 posted 04-20-2012 04:46 PM

really cool idea, looks unique for sure, im sure your going to get asked how you did it, and how its done…are you going to reveal how you did this or do we just guess…

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#13 posted 04-20-2012 05:49 PM

Nicely done, I will certainly try this out! Thanks for sharing!

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#14 posted 04-20-2012 06:14 PM

Nice project, very unique and imaginative. Is this a router inlay technique?

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#15 posted 04-20-2012 08:35 PM

Great idea like the use of wood to stitch this piece and to form the illusion of the lace holes

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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