Two cute owls

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Project by Cygnwulf posted 576 days ago 736 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first marquetry project, finished and gifted. I think it came out okay, there’s a few things I would do differently, like be careful and make sure I’m gluing the right side down, and not the side that has all the pencil marks on it…..

I also need to invest in a bandclamp instead of the 90 degree clamp I tried to use to keep everything square.

Maple background with I’m not sure what else for all the other bits, it was in an unlabeled assorted lot. I wish I knew what the burl the bellies were made out of was, I have more of it I want to use. The frame is Western Red Cedar, and the substrate is 1/4 plywood. Finish is about 6 mornings worth of hand rubbed shellac.

Edit – Added what I hope was a much better picture.

-- Stephen H -- If it ain't broke, it probalby still needs fixing....

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#1 posted 576 days ago

They are cute owls, very well done for a first marquetry. Knife cut of saw cut ?

-- Tom D

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#2 posted 576 days ago

Great first project. What method did you use? It looks to me like you might have the natural talent for marquetry. Look forward to more projects.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#3 posted 576 days ago

They are double cute.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 576 days ago

Why thank you very much! Tom, John, and James!
I used an exacto knife. I experimented with traditional blades and their new Z-Series ‘super sharp’ ones that are supposed to last longer, but I couldn’t tell that the edge lasted much longer than the normal #11 blades. I think I may have got one or two more cuts before it went against the stone. I’m going to save the rest for papercraft applications and stay with the cheapies for this though.
I believe there will be more, I’ve loads of the lot I bought off ebay to practice with. I just wish I had an identification key.

-- Stephen H -- If it ain't broke, it probalby still needs fixing....

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#5 posted 576 days ago

What a cool project! It turned out very well.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 576 days ago

So Cute! Really nice work!

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

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#7 posted 576 days ago

Awesome owls – I love the nouveauish, cartoony design. Lighthearted and refreshing

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#8 posted 576 days ago

Welcome to the LJ’s marquetry club…. very exclusive… ;-)

Great first effort but beware , it can be quite habit forming.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#9 posted 575 days ago

Thanks Paul. It could be worse, I could be in to hand tools too. Oh…. Wait…..

-- Stephen H -- If it ain't broke, it probalby still needs fixing....

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Monte Pittman

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#10 posted 575 days ago

Very cute. Good job.

-- 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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