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Little Frankie's Wings

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Project by Anthony posted 02-02-2014 01:28 AM 722 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My friends Frankie and Dominique are decorating their two year old son’s bedroom in an airplane theme and asked me if I could make a large pilots wings plaque with his initials that they could hang above his bed.

It is a fairly simple design and I choose to make it out of select pine. I used an intarsia technique to cut the individual pieces and then hand shaped them to add depth and texture. After all the shaping and sanding I glued them to a 1/8’ thick hardboard backer and then used a pattern cutting bit on the router table to cut the backing to match.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"





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bazz135uk

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#1 posted 02-02-2014 01:33 AM

Nice work well done ! finnished off really good. Looks very good quality..

-- BAZZ, WINDSOR UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#2 posted 02-02-2014 02:40 AM

Really nice looking:-)

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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Scott Shea

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#3 posted 02-02-2014 03:18 AM

Wow, this is excellent! once you cut out the individual pieces, did you use the router to round over all edges? I think I’ll have to make a few of these, I’ve been wanting to make a few of these kinds of wings to hange in my office based upon my military career. I really like how this came out! Keep up the great work!

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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Northwest29

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#4 posted 02-02-2014 07:19 AM

Very nice work! That will look marvelous above his bed. How was that pine to carve?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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steve_in_ohio

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#5 posted 02-02-2014 02:20 PM

wow, that looks amazing, awesome work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#6 posted 02-02-2014 02:27 PM

This is a nice clean carving. Well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#7 posted 02-02-2014 04:08 PM

I’m impressed. Well done.

-- DonB

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Anthony

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#8 posted 02-03-2014 02:24 AM

Thank you so much for all the kind comments.

Ron and Scott, I did not use the router except to cut the profile in the shield and then to cut the backer board to shape. All of the shaping was done by hand using sandpaper and some rasps and files, it is a very tedious process but the results make it worth the effort. The pine worked well but did require a bit of extra effort to remove all of the sanding and shaping marks.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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kdc68

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#9 posted 02-03-2014 10:19 PM

Wow…everything looks great and the initials are perfect….impressive work

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Anthony

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#10 posted 03-15-2014 03:35 AM

Here is the finished wings, stained and mounted above Little Frankie’s crib.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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