|Project by Sanding2day||posted 11-11-2013 09:46 PM||920 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
A couple of months ago I received the fantastic gift of some carving tools from a friend of my mother and this is a gift which which will be sent to her for her birthday. I knew that I wanted to make something using the tools which she provided and given she is a very religious woman while watching the Stigmata and hearing the repeating Gospel of Thomas phrase “Split a piece of wood, and I am there” this project became the answer.
I had originally intended to carve a solid piece and place it within a carved “devotional bowl” but as it took shape I decided it best to make the piece more displayable hence the 8” by 14” plaque made from Honduran Mahogany, Purpleheart, and Yellowheart, finished with 3 coats of poly.
Start of project, still need to determine what to now do with hollowed piece of Cherry…
Was going to have the sun rays but didn’t care for way they were looking on the solid piece so I scrolled out the cross and went to work on the plaque
Used Word to attain the desired font and size for the lettering and cut the Purpleheart/Yellowheart to the approximate dimensions
Wanted the woods to come together and appear as a solid piece raising out of the plaque. Used a backsaw and a bit of chiseling and of course a bit of planing using the plane from the LJ Plane swap :)
They say you can never have enough clamps but in a pinch nylon cord with a truckers hitch and a piece of train rail does the trick…
Subsequent sanding cleaned up the edge better than this picture portrays but does provide a view of the edge profile and the hollowing where the cross was inserted. Note on sanding over carved letters learned after the fact… Do the majority of your sanding before the letters, I had to recarve the letters after bringing the wood down to far.
For those interested this is the reference for the quote which I considered putting on the back of the plaque using pour epoxy along with a keyhole hanger. The keyhole was the only thing which I had to utilize a powertool i.e. router for.
Had a great time with this project and am very pleased with the results… Thanks for looking and comments good bad or otherwise are certainly welcome… Happy Veterans Day…