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Project by eaglewrangler posted 06-12-2013 10:17 PM 1424 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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i guess the best way to explain it is landscape painting with wood. It is white oak for rock, spalted poplar for sky and water, red oak for oak leaves maple for the maple leaves, all from the site except the butterflies, scrap mahogony from the “not sure what to do with this” wood box of scrap. Each door requires me to expand my game, so thanks for the projects that inspire LJ.

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#1 posted 06-13-2013 12:07 AM

Great looking door—very nicely done!

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#2 posted 06-13-2013 01:33 AM

Wow! I did not realize that it really is a door, it is such a piece of art. Well done!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 06-13-2013 02:59 AM

Very cool!! What does the other side look like?

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#4 posted 06-13-2013 04:48 AM

Great work!

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#5 posted 06-13-2013 08:38 AM

That is one very nice looking door. A type of Intarsia isn’t it? I really like it. Did you do it on both sides?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 06-13-2013 01:36 PM

This is really sharp. Nice job.

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#7 posted 06-13-2013 01:40 PM

Wow! This is absolutely beautiful. It’s such a nice piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 06-13-2013 04:53 PM

instant fave!

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#9 posted 06-13-2013 09:25 PM

it is basic intasia, but I follow no plan or pattern, just like painting, starting with the background and overlaying rocks, and leaves, marking the cut out, pulling the lower part and cutting things to fit. Just wish I hand more drawing skill for complex shapes. For whatever reason, I can’t do pure art, it has to do something, a door or furniture etc. I am struggling with the next door set dragon, even if they don’t exist, it is hard to get them right.
Thanks all.

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#10 posted 06-14-2013 01:15 PM

Nice job.

Just learning intarsia and this is where I’m headed. The mass produced patterns bore me but are serving their purpose of introducing me to the art.

I have the opposite problem, I can draw but need to develop the woodworking skills. I have a stack of designs waiting.

Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Find your limitations, and ignore them!

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#11 posted 06-15-2013 03:28 AM

the wood working aspects of the door series have been simplified for production in a small shop. I use 2×6 oak, planed to 1-3/4×5.5, the core is 3/4cdx inset into a 3/4 dado on all side of the frame, the ends get a 1 inch rip of plywood as the tennon, but the whole thing is glued to the center plywood so very stable, the intasia is just under 1/2in thick, and most cuts on the bandsaw, unless the scroll saw is needed for some spots. After everything fits, I sand it, then glue it. version one was a small sign, and we decided that this design would work for a door and then for the building and now across the street.

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#12 posted 06-21-2013 07:27 PM

Very nice job. I love the door colors and theme.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#13 posted 06-21-2013 09:18 PM

Awesome !

-- Tamara - Creston, BC

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