Train Fretwork Cutting

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These measure 7×14”. I stack cut them all at once. They are made of cottonwood. The first two are unfinished. I haven’t decided what finish, if any, I’m going to put on them. The last one is painted gloss black.
I bought the plans here, at Wildwood Designs. The design can be cut as a shelf or just as a wall hanging like you see here. I decided on the wall hanging. I’d been wanting these plans for a while. I always forgot it though when making other orders and couldn’t justify paying shipping for just this. I recently decided to make something train related for a friend though and forced myself to go ahead with the order.


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#1 posted 628 days ago

glad you got time in the shop william

these sure came out nice
all the detailing
looks spot on

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 628 days ago

Wow those are great, such super detail great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 628 days ago

That is truly amazing work

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#4 posted 628 days ago

Thats a whole lot of inside cuts, and starter drill holes and blade loosening, insert, tighten.

Turned out GREAT!

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#5 posted 628 days ago

That is a LOT of time and effort.
There must be hours and hours in these.
They look great William.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#6 posted 628 days ago

Wow is the that cool William! That is a BUNCH of cuts…....Maybe need a Johnny Cash project to go with it…..just a thought…...

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#7 posted 628 days ago

Thank you all.
They were time consuming, to say the least.
It wasn’t too bad though if you just get with it.
I stack cut them and I have about twelve hours in them.


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#8 posted 628 days ago

Nice job on scrolling. I really like the train.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#9 posted 628 days ago

im really quite proud of your ability William, i dont think i could muster the patience to sit and make so many cuts and so many of them small cuts, ive done enough scroll work to know how much work is involved with such a detailed project, and you have done an excellent job,

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 628 days ago

Dont show this to Marty.
He will go nuts.
Nice work William.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#11 posted 628 days ago

I would go cross-eyed were I to attempt anything like that.

I hear a train a comin’........

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#12 posted 628 days ago

Thank you all so much.

Dave, I sure hope Marty likes them.
One of them is his.
I’m waiting for him to PM me back telling me an address and whether he wants unfinished or black.


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#13 posted 628 days ago

Grizz, I’m glad you can appreciate the amount of time it takes to cut that many inside cuts. A lot of people have no idea what goes into a simple cutting such as this one.

Randy, when cutting something with this many small cuts, you have to take breaks often or your eyes will lose focus.


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#14 posted 628 days ago


-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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