First project of renewed effort

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Project by Dan Krager posted 06-30-2013 11:30 PM 1221 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My woodworking business is very slow right now, so I’m renewing an effort in crafts to generate inventory for Christmas season. This project is a design from Sheila Landry Designs done by Keith. The woods are walnut, QS red oak, and burl walnut veneer for the backing. Right now it just has an oil/varnish finish, but a couple coats of lacquer will furnish the final low sheen. More intricate projects are in the works. Enjoy and thanks for looking.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL If there's only one hole in the road, your tire will find it.

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#1 posted 07-01-2013 12:11 AM

Lovely work Dan. Sure to sell.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#2 posted 07-01-2013 12:15 AM

I did one of those about a week ago. Your background is darker than I made mine but I like it. It provides better contrast. YES a challenging cut but I think it will sell well during Christmas.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#3 posted 07-01-2013 03:24 AM


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#4 posted 07-01-2013 03:32 AM


-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 07-01-2013 10:16 AM

Sheila Landry has nice designs…but careful, scroll sawing can be addictive! Nice work.

-- Chris, Virginia

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#6 posted 07-01-2013 10:50 AM

It came out really nice! Beautiful work! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 07-01-2013 11:08 AM

You did a really nice job on this piece. It looks very time consuming, what do you think you’ll need to get to make a profit on a piece like this?

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#8 posted 07-01-2013 02:39 PM

Thank you everyone for the nice compliments. It was a 16 hour effort to put this first one together and I had the wood already prepared. Next ones will be stacked so I get multiples for the effort. Pat, I doubt anyone would pay $160 (at $10/hr) for this in any market, so I put it up for $80 to see what happens. I was hoping that Sheila would have some feedback re: for how much her patterns are selling, but there are just too many variables to even guess at an average. I’m not going to use oak again, especially QS, because it is SO difficult to cut accurately, and as Sheila pointed out oak is not very strong in thin sections, although once assembled that isn’t a problem. It does have rich color though under oil.

Years ago I had a tiny side business of scroll sawing where a chair bound lady did all the planning, design selection or creation, and cutting. I taught her the basics, furnished the lumber and saws and she took off from there. I’m trying to decide if it’s worth it to digitize the film pictures. She had some really neat stuff and did well at craft shows. This time around, I’m going for the more challenging and detailed work to capture the “high end”, going for the rainbow because the pot of gold at the end doesn’t exist! :)

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL If there's only one hole in the road, your tire will find it.

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#9 posted 07-01-2013 02:43 PM

This is really nice. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 07-01-2013 03:33 PM

Nice work!!!

-- Curly, South Dakota! Now where did I put that board stretcher?

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#11 posted 07-01-2013 04:58 PM

Jerrells, if you don’t mind my asking, how long did it take you to cut yours? I see it to be very accurate. And what kind of saw and blade did you use? I used #00 and #2, #5RT for the outsides.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL If there's only one hole in the road, your tire will find it.

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#12 posted 07-02-2013 01:27 AM

beautiful work. It looks great.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 07-02-2013 01:28 AM

very nice work. elegant and clean

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#14 posted 07-02-2013 02:57 AM

Wowzers. That’s sweet man. I don’t have the gift of intricacy for that stuff;-)

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#15 posted 07-02-2013 10:52 PM

Dan, did you do any comparing on websites like Etsy for “similar” type project for pricing? Thanks for the explanation of the project, I hope it brings you much success. Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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