Family Tree

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Project by Wingstress posted 322 days ago 948 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this family tree for my dad’s 60th birthday. It has him and my mom at the truck and then my sister and I with our spouses and then come the 5 grand children. Judging by his reaction, he really liked it. I’m really happy I was able to build it for him. At 30X40 inches its definitely the largest inlay I’ve ever done. Because of that, it created several challenges. First off, I needed a larger vacuum bag. The next challenge was creating the templates for the inlay. Because my scroll saw only has 20 inches of clearance, I was limited to the size of the templates, so I had to build 6 templates a that overlapped in layers to create the final piece. It got a little confusing, but eventually I was able to draw it all out. I have a ton of pictures of how I did it, but I’ve just spent an hour fighting with photobucket to no avail, so I’m sorry I can’t post more.

The inlay was done with box elder for the sunset, cypress for the hills, cherry for the tree and background, and spalted walnut for the frame. When I was squaring off the walnut, I realized how cool the bark “scrap” pieces looked so I added them to the sides of the frame. It was my first experience using live edges. It was a little tricky to square off the ends, but I eventually figure it out.

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#1 posted 322 days ago

very very cool! super awesome idea. very well done. thanks for sharing your wonderful work.

-- David Milton colville washington

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#2 posted 322 days ago

No doubt that he really liked it. It is wonderful.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 322 days ago

That is really cool. Great job.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 322 days ago

Interesting and unique way to display the family photos! Nicely done!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 322 days ago

I like this, very cool.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 322 days ago

Beautifully made, well thought out gift. Great gift for the family to treasure.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#7 posted 322 days ago

its a lovely gift. well made and very unique. great

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#8 posted 322 days ago

What a unique and thoughtful gift. Very nice.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#9 posted 321 days ago

Very nice! Such a wonderful gift idea any grandparent would love. That box elder is such a beautiful wood and made a nice sunset.

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#10 posted 321 days ago

“very cool” seems to be the right description!

you can edit, spell correct (TRUNK, NOT TRUCK! – HA!) and insert pictures at any time into your description too. lots of room for more pics. That’s what’s great about this site. you don’t have to shrink your pictures to 1 MB or limited to 5 pics like FWW. It’s easy once you get the hang of it.

I organize and store my pics on Adobe Elements. but I crop and edit them in Windows live photo gallery because it’s 10x faster than adobe.

I’m curious what others use. Is photo bucket for storage too?

BTW -The frame is really nice too.

-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude. - Malo periculosam

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#11 posted 321 days ago

That is just beautiful. What a great idea!!.....Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 321 days ago

Very very cool!

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#13 posted 320 days ago

Fantastic idea! Like the awesome design, inlays, photos and natural edge. It displays love as well as great talent and skills. Excellent work!

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#14 posted 320 days ago

Great job. Ive been thinking of how to do one myself. I like the concept a lot.

-- What one man can do, another man can also do.

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#15 posted 318 days ago

This is fantastic. I’m a tree guy, and really like this idea.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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