Thank You Card #2: The Top Detail (This is good)

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Blog entry by teenagewoodworker posted 04-26-2008 05:18 PM 935 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Beginning Part 2 of Thank You Card series Part 3: The Grand Finale (A finish that really makes this mahogany POP!) »

So now for the top detail. I didn’t really Expect to have it done by now but everything is going according to plan so i will start with the layout of the top detail.

here is the picture of it laid out in pencil. I realized that is was hard to see so i outlined it in sharpie in order of the steps that I took

so the next ones are in order of how i drew them. I just simply used a compass and made all the lines to flow together.

now in this last one i laid out the different steps in the molding in pencil so its a little hard to see but it is the lines inside the molding.

Next is to cut it out. I used my dad’s dewalt roto-zip with a new upcut bit to cut everything out. I did it in a few passes and here is the molding after the different passes are completes.


now i used the roto zip to give me a good outline of the lowest detail. the little ball on the top has very little support though and i was weary about doing it so i took very, very thin passes to get everything out and then hogged out the rest of the material with a router

Then I did the next step of the molding. there were supposed to be 3 steps but i slipped and now there are only two. i only had about 3/8” to balance the router on and the blocks i taped on for support weren’t holding well so there was no way i was going to have 3 steps.

now here it is with some very fine chisel work with a sharp chisel and some sanding

so thats all i have today. next is the finish. the person i am sending this to taught me a lot about finishing so I’m going to do some things that he taught me to finish this. So probably by Tuesday i will have the finish on this beautiful piece of mahogany all wrapped up and posted.

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#1 posted 04-26-2008 05:24 PM

Looks like you are making great progress!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-26-2008 05:38 PM

I agree. You are making excellent progress and I am sure that you are having fun.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 04-26-2008 05:41 PM

Lookin’ pretty good to me!...

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#4 posted 04-26-2008 06:03 PM

dang that’s impressive!

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#5 posted 04-26-2008 06:11 PM

Looks pretty good Lad,keep up the good work.

-- --Chuck

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#6 posted 04-26-2008 07:33 PM

You are doing some top notch work young man.

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#7 posted 04-26-2008 08:30 PM

Someone is going to be very happy with this piece. It’s turning out really well. Can’t wait to see it with the finish.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#8 posted 04-26-2008 09:08 PM

Darn Dennis ! I agree with MsDebbieP. Wow ! I am impressed ! You are getting close to my specialty “CARVING ” . Nice work!


-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#9 posted 04-26-2008 10:41 PM

thanks for the comments everyone. The finish is going to be beautiful. I tried it on a piece of scrap and WOW.

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#10 posted 04-29-2008 03:09 AM

Nice design and a perfect wood to work with. Does the rotzip have an adaptor for a baseplate with a guide bushing adaptor? If you create a pattern with 1/4 mdf you will be able to not only route it out clean and safely, but you will be able to duplicate a good design like yours over and over.

-- Richard

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