Wall Decoration (Lemons into lemonade)

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Project by Jarred posted 12-31-2012 09:45 PM 999 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of those projects where nothing seemed to go right. The end result was good, and I still had all of my fingers, so I guess it was a win. Otherwise I haven’t had so many problems on a (relatively simple) project before. But as I like to say, the only simple operation is the one you aren’t doing. I guess the same goes for woodworking too.

This wall decoration began it’s life as a serving tray in progress. The wood I had destined for the base of the tray ended up twisting after planing, so I ripped it in two and tried again. After clamping and gluing I routed three hearts spanning the joint. One of the inlays didn’t quite fit perfectly, and I fractured the maple trying to remove the inlay. I then planed a new piece of wood, starting out with a hand plane, as it was too wide for my diminuitive jointer. This piece planed well.

I routed the inlays and (aside from having to make a few extras because of mistakes) everything appeared to be progressing. Then the base twisted. Trying to fine-tune the miters for the sides of the serving tray resulted in barely acceptable dimensions. I also had concerns about my original design and whether a couple of heavy plates would be able to be reliably lifted from the sides. So, after consultation with my wife (whose Christmas present it was, after all), I decided to convert it to a wall decoration.

At this point I decided to abandon the maple sides in favor of contrasting curly walnut for the frame. I made the frame thick enough that I could lag the centerpiece into the frame in multiple points (I think 16) to reduce apparent warp. I put maple keys into the frame miters, and finished the frame with Danish oil and wax. I French-polished the centerpiece and called it a day. It’s now on the wall above our breakfast bar, and my wife loves it.

Thanks for looking!

-- No reserve. No retreat. No regrets.

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#1 posted 12-31-2012 10:56 PM

Looks good from here,nice job.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 12-31-2012 11:08 PM

I second a1Jim.

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#3 posted 01-01-2013 06:16 AM

the figure in the maple looks like a river. absolutely beautiful!

-- -Nickel Risk

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#4 posted 01-01-2013 06:38 AM

Don’t tell anyone else about the trials and tribulations of the project. Just enjoy their comments about this nice ‘wall hanging’. I really like the walnut with the maple. I have often thought about framing a beautiful piece of wood to hang. but I would eventually take it down and make something else!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#5 posted 01-01-2013 07:55 AM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 01-02-2013 03:06 PM

Well done! Turned out great, a piece to be proud of.


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#7 posted 01-22-2014 11:45 PM

Looks perfect.

-- Bonitum

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