Semi Final

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Blog entry by stefang posted 02-08-2013 06:52 PM 1933 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have just about blogged this thing to death and I’m still not finished, but nearly so.

I still have to do the teeth, and I plan to do something with the tail. It is too drab and it doesn’t go too well with the lower belly. I will have to figure out how to solve both problems.

My next and last blog will be the resawing of the project just so you can enjoy the suspense and drama along with me. To get a good resaw I must, as Shipwright has advised me, get it nice and flat with an even thickness first. My goal here is to finish prep the surfaces prior to the resaw because it will be too thin afterward. This all might not be so easy, as I have noted a little warpage. I will try to eliminate this by tape clamping it between to plywood plated with something soft layered between the plates and the project.

Part of the prep work will be first filling all the small gaps with mastic. I plan to use sawdust from the appropriate woods mixed with glue.

Here’s how it looks after today’s work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 02-08-2013 07:22 PM

Mike, I’m still following your work and it looks very nice. This is way beyond my woodworking skills so I’ll just sit back and enjoy the show!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 02-08-2013 07:31 PM

ok mike i got all of what you just said, but now i must confess that you have me scared to death in this resaw talk…cant you just be happy with one…lets not get greedy and have this beautiful work blow up…..please dont do the resaw live, my nerves cant handle it…lol… now on alert for any blue clouds of cuss words coming from your direction….lol… see if it were me, it would be oh dang…said multiple times,,,haha…..well im going out to the shop, and am hoping all of this goes like you want…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 02-08-2013 07:47 PM

Hey Mike, there’s nothing wrong with the tail ….... you just did too good a job on the rest.
You’re right, it needs a little pizazz. If it were veneer I’d suggest that sand shading would set it off just perfectly. Depending on the gap, maybe something as simple as a dark mastic would pop it.

I still think I’d glue the substrates on both sides before re-sawing it. It would increase the stability and I worry along with Griz about the tragedy of losing the whole thing in a mishap. Then when you sand up the new “good” sides they will be solid and easy to control for thickness.

Just my thoughts. You’re doing great!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#4 posted 02-08-2013 08:07 PM

looking good here mike

be sure and re-saw some thing comparable first
(dimensions and density)
to be sure your saw is tracking right
and not drifting bad
and just take it easy
let the saw do the work

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 02-08-2013 08:23 PM

Thanks Tony, Grizz and Paul. I’ve been worried about being able to smooth the insides, as it will only be 1.5-2mm thick, but maybe not to difficult glued to the substrates. I really want two. One for myself and the other to Sweden as a gift for my son. I’m trying to get him interested in marquetry because he is such a good artist, and he could design his own motifs.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 02-08-2013 08:29 PM

Thanks David. I’m not too worried about the saw, it is working well, and I do plan to put it through real slow. Reminders don’t hurt though, thanks.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 02-08-2013 08:48 PM

Looks great! Like a happy dragon with no dentures…Can’t wait to see finish applied.

-- I never finish anyth

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#8 posted 02-08-2013 09:03 PM

Looks good! I can’t wait to see the book matched dragons ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 02-09-2013 05:00 PM

I haven’t done anything as intricate as this, but I have made some things that require very close tolerances. I am a fan of practicing on similar objects, and do it quite frequently.

So, may the force be with you. Heading home later today, so I will be “off the air” for most of today…...

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#10 posted 02-09-2013 06:56 PM

I would think that being a surgeon you are used to doing very intricate work indeed Jim, as if your patient’s life depends on it! I am in an altogether different class. That said, my life does depend on doing woodworking as often as often as possible. Please don’t ask me why as I have no idea!

I am now growing tired of the dragon, but I keep finding things that I forgot to do. The frame is next and I am looking forward to that project. It will not spectacular, but maybe interesting.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 02-10-2013 01:59 AM

Hi Mike
I have been rather busy at work with doing inventory for the last little while and no time to play.
I envy you having the time to work on this intricate project .
Yes retirement must be great .
I hope you have the best of luck when you do the re saw and look forward to the mirror images ,a lot of tension I bet .
Yes I can understand you getting a bit tired of the dragon and switching to the frame should be a good change of pace .
We went for Chinese food last nite and next to our table I noticed this dragon and took a pic of it for you .

Not as intricate as yours but there may be some thing there that catches your eye .

I did get some work done on the table today and hope to veneer the inside veneer tomorrow .

-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 02-10-2013 11:29 AM

Thanks for the photo Kiefer. It makes a very nice decoration in the doorway there. I would have liked to do the dragon scales and I did consider a crosshatch design to simulate them. I was thinking of just cutting the crosshatch part way down with a knife and then filling it with mastic. It probably would look ok, but I just want to finish it up now. 2 more sessions should do it. I need to cut and glue in some small details, fill the little gaps and then get is sanded nice and flat to prepare for the great resaw. Honestly, I’m not too worried about that part even though my wife isn’t too happy about the idea. I’m looking forward to your next table blog.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 02-10-2013 09:04 PM

Mike – I don’t care how many blog posts you make, I’ll be following this one to the end. It is really looking great. I can’t wait to see it with a finish on it.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#14 posted 02-11-2013 05:04 AM

Well Mike … I’m going to be really sad when your blogs come to an end on this most interesting project!!

You’re worried about the tail looking rather blah, and I wondered if you could scorch those spiked edges using the same technique as sand shading (as mentioned by Paul) ... but just dipping the extreme edge into hot silica sand (I heat this sand in a cake pan over a single-burner hotplate) to scorch the full thickness of edge. Knowing you want to slice this whole finished design into two beautiful dragons, the desire would be for both tail edges to show the scorched detail. Do you think that would work Mike?

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#15 posted 02-11-2013 10:14 AM

Hi Elaine. Thanks for your suggestion. It might work, but the tail piece is already glued in. I could cut a new one to go in there though, so maybe it is a good option. I’ve also been thinking that a little shading with a marker might work, but I would have to test that out first to see it it would work and look alright.

I tried some Boulle type marquetry work yesterday just for fun. I used my #2 blade cutting three pieces of 1/16” veneers in a stack. I was amazed at how tiny a gap was left (nearly invisible to my surprise and delight). I think when glued, the wood will expand enough to completely eliminate the gap. I have to admit though that I found it difficult to keep control of my cuts at the turns. I’m not sure if its the thin blade or maybe I need a thicker stack, or perhaps better technique, or possibly all three!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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