|Project by Wingstress||posted 10-03-2013 02:41 AM||1038 views||4 times favorited||15 comments|
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