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08-14-2013 02:17 AM

Topic tags/keywords: plaque scalloped edge question beech

I have a client that wants some engraving on a beech plaque and attached is a metal cross made to look like it is made from old hammered steel nails.

Thought a rougher, hand hewn looking edge would be the best in keeping with the theme – somehow a routed Roman ogee wouldn’t look quite right.

Anybody with a simple method for random scalloping or gouging the edges somewhat?

Thought maybe a using scrub plane for some roughness, but not sure if the engraving would work.

Appreciate your input!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#1 posted 08-14-2013 02:25 AM

Draw knife or spoke shaver. That’s what I have and might use to do something like that.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 08-14-2013 02:41 AM

Scrub planes give a different-leveled edge. For less/more refinement, maybe laying some chain on it (no piccie in the frame) at various speeds will give it some character. Or did I misunderstand?

One thing about “random”. As pattern-appreciating beasts, we have a hard time climbing out of the box in which lays all that effort we put into our machines’ alignment to get “perfect” miters and corners. The difference therein lies in art.

I made a picture frame of fumed red oak a couple of years ago to hold a picture of a tropical scene. The idea was to make the frame look like a window frame, with the tropical scene looking like something viewed through that window frame. I nearly killed myself getting the miters right, in spite of the fact that imperfect miters would reflect what you might actually see in an old warped window frame. I finally got it right, but still look at that picture frame like a bastard calf, even though my intent was to make it look bad. I guess that my machine-shop design job, which requires some really precise work, is still killing my artistic streak. I think Dan captures what I’m after with his Grueby tiles and frames.

Then again, I made a copper rose for my wife last Xmas, and also made a copper vase to hold it. I took the vase out into the back yard and kicked it around in order to randomly “age” it before I patinated it. Of course, I had to hose the dog-do off of it before I patinated it. Leaving the dog-do on may have made for a more realistic finish. I dunno.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#3 posted 08-14-2013 10:48 AM

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#4 posted 08-14-2013 02:10 PM

Thanks Don, an adze might be a little much for an 11” x 14” plaque…

I was thinking scrub plane or spokeshave as was mentioned.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#5 posted 08-14-2013 03:55 PM

go big or go home you know :-)
I’ve seen small adzes, but a spoke shave or draw knife would work to. I’m not sure about a scrub, but maybe.

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