Owl - first bandsaw/intarsia box

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Project by InsideTheBox posted 90 days ago 1367 views 16 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Can I call this intarsia? This is my first posting. It was a birthday gift for my daughter but started as an experiment to see if I could do it. I thought it came out pretty good!... although I see quite a few mistakes… or should I say there is room for improvement… a LOT of improvement…
Let’s see… top is black walnut, eyebrows are poplar, eyes are ebony (from a pen blank), cherry and olive (from a tree in our front yard that fell in a wind storm), beak is black walnut, lower portion of the face is poplar and the inside layer is oak. I scribed the dedication on the back of the eyeball drawers with my new dremel, sanded it lightly, then rubbed it with a pecan before I put on the glossy (water-based poly) finish. It looks scratchy to me, but I wasn’t sure how to make it look more professional.
I welcome your feedback!

-- To an artist, there is no such thing as a mistake; only a quick change of plans.

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#1 posted 90 days ago

Super fantastic. I think I would call it “bandsarsia.” Really great detail and design. Very creative. I’m sure your daughter loved it.

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#2 posted 90 days ago

Looks great! I’m liking “bandarsia” as well!

-- -Chris, Pennsylvania,

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#3 posted 90 days ago

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#4 posted 90 days ago

+1. have never seen anything like it. awesome job

-- Mike

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-- irtamos, Belgium

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#6 posted 90 days ago

They’re not mistakes, just lessons learned. That’s what I tell myself anyway. LOL Looks good and a very cool design.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#7 posted 90 days ago

I have never seen a band saw box I just loved…..... until now. I really want to make one of these. Really cool!

-- "Yer young, you got yer health, what do you want with a JOB?"

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#8 posted 90 days ago

Very cool !!! Your design?

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#9 posted 90 days ago

You’ve taken bandsaw boxing to a whole new level—congratulations on a very cool project.

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

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#10 posted 90 days ago

wow, thanks, guys! John H – yes, my design. Thanks to watching/studying many youtube videos, LJ projects, and now details like the super-cool bumps/dots on your frogs.
My daughter likes owls, her birthday was coming up… good excuse. I asked my son what animal he likes and he said “giraffes”...hmm.. I’ll be thinking about that for a while.

-- To an artist, there is no such thing as a mistake; only a quick change of plans.

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#11 posted 90 days ago

Great owl box Insidethebox! Looking forward to the giraffe! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 90 days ago

What a neat box. I like “bandarsia” as well it kinda explains the concept. Certainly a good first posting, look forward to seeing others.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#13 posted 90 days ago

How about bookends for your son? Piece of cake for you, my friend. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#14 posted 90 days ago

My wife loves owls and I think this one is a hoot!

It really is a wonderful looking project and it appears that you have developed a new technique and/or process that needs to be included in the variety exhibited on this site.

I don’t see anything wrong with the inscription; after all it was done by hand and that makes it more personal.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#15 posted 90 days ago

Very nice.

I think you did a fantastic job.

I have a friend who is in love with owl. Maybe a gift is in order…

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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