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Project by William posted 11-07-2012 01:16 AM 3616 views 0 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 11-07-2012 01:23 AM

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 11-07-2012 01:23 AM

Wow those are great, such super detail great job.

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#3 posted 11-07-2012 01:25 AM

That is truly amazing work

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 11-07-2012 01:27 AM

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 11-07-2012 01:32 AM

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 11-07-2012 01:34 AM

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 .... Minnesota, USA

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#7 posted 11-07-2012 01:36 AM

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 11-07-2012 01:41 AM

Nice job on scrolling. I really like the train.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#9 posted 11-07-2012 01:41 AM

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 11-07-2012 01:42 AM

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 11-07-2012 01:49 AM

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 procrastination a bad thing?

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#12 posted 11-07-2012 01:55 AM

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 11-07-2012 01:57 AM

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 11-07-2012 02:56 AM


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

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