Custom Intarsia Keepsake Box #8: The Fun Stuff

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Blog entry by wdkits1 posted 08-18-2013 05:43 PM 1653 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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One of the techniques that I use for small intarsia is using pieces that I segment from one larger piece to use as the pattern for the actual pieces for the intarsia. In this case , using a #3/0 blade I do the cut out of the subject as one piece then segment that into individual pieces

In the next photo, I have segmented the pieces for the doggy and have selected the wood according to color and grain. I have chosen 3/8” Apple wood for the body because of the very tight grain and the light tan color.

Laying the pieces aside, I adhere a piece of label paper to the wood blank and trace each piece according to my layout. Over to the scroll saw where I have added a zero clearance top (1/4” plywood) and start cutting out the pieces. I stay just inside the line on my cuts.

When doing these small Intarsia pieces, I find that it is easier to do the shaping and sanding as I go. I use my dremel tool with a 1/2” drum sander for most of my shaping and finish by hand sanding with 220 then 320 grit paper. If there are any carving lines, I do these before I peel off the paper pattern.

For the head of the puppy, I used a piece of 3/8” mahogany. Again I use the piece from the original segmented subject to trace onto the label paper. Cut , fit and shape.

So here is the puppy with all of the pieces in place except for the eye, nose and mouth. I have applied one coat of poly( spray on wipe off) to see the actual colors and also to see if any more shaping needs to be done.

More to come-stay tuned

-- Mike --

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#1 posted 08-18-2013 06:38 PM

Nice! That recuires good nervs. Don’t know about me but that looks realy nice.

-- Oisko aika oppia uutta? Go ahead and learn some Finnish at

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#2 posted 08-20-2013 11:41 AM

Coming along very nice. Lookin gr8.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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