|Forum topic by Ben||posted 12-17-2013 04:09 AM||477 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
12-17-2013 04:09 AM
i decided to try my hand at carving “rat’s paw” feet, as seen on this table:
well, having never done this before, it’s certainly not easy to pull off that lifelike “sinewy” look.
for the rest of the table i wanted to copy this turning:
here’s what i’ve got so far:
i made the legs 1 3/8” thick. the “boss” is 2 1/2” diameter. i think the legs are a trifle too heavy.
at this point i’m not sure if it’s worth finishing the table. i’m not proud of the carving, but i know with some more practice i could pull it off. this particular african mahogany board doesn’t seem to carve too well, very splintery and wild grain.
also, with the legs being so thick, perhaps i should just start over? i have countless hours into this, but now that i have the process down i could probably get back to this point, minus the carving, in maybe 4 hours.
what do you guys think? press on? finish it with a super dark stain to blend the two grains together?
the sliding dovetails all fit very nicely, and this took the most time aside from the carving.
thanks for any suggestions.