Custom Intarsia Keepsake Box #9: The Kitty

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Blog entry by wdkits1 posted 08-19-2013 01:12 AM 1455 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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For the Intarsia kitty, I will be using 3/8” holly for the white sections and to achieve the striping for the body I decided to do a lamination using Wenge for the black, Canarywood for the orange and Bloodwood for the red.

I planed the stock for the strips down to 3/8” thick and cut the bloodwood and canarywood into 3/16” wide strips. Run through the planer to get 1/8” finished strips. The Wenge was cut into 1/16” strips.

I wanted the blank to have a slight arc so I cut a scrap piece of pine to make a mold to form the arc. I used clear packing tape on the edges of the mold to keep from gluing the blank to the mold and set it up on a piece of plexiglass. Apply glue to all of the strips and pull together with clamps.

After the glue set up, I removed the blank from the mold and sanded the blank with the belt sander to remove the glue.

One deluxe Blank

Here is a photo of the Kitty with all the pieces cut out.I arranged the grain of the blank to give me the best effect according to the subject and using the same tracing and cutting techniques as shown in earlier posts this was what I wanted it to look like. I still have a little more shaping and sanding to do and have a couple of pieces to re-do because of the gaps( more than 1/64th”). Next challenge is to make a couple of flags for the left and right corners and add the date to the upper right corner. Fun stuff!!!
Woods used so far:Background-Peruvian Walnut, Inner oval -Tiger Maple, Puppy body -Apple, Puppy head- Mahogany, Puppy eyes, nose and mouth- ebony, Kitty white-Holly, Kitty body-Wenge, Canarywood, Bloodwood, Kitty nose-Pink Ivory, eyes-ebony

Almost there
Stay tuned

-- Mike --

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#1 posted 08-19-2013 01:38 AM

hey there mike, have watched the whole thing, always fun to watch another woodworker do his thing, and you do them really well, will wait for the rest to see the final piece…winter is next, got your firewood yet…:)...

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

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#2 posted 08-19-2013 01:43 PM

Hi Grizzman
This is a fun little project. Still have a few items to finish but it’s just about complete. I Know—winter is just around the corner. If all this rain is any indication we’ll probably have lots of snow this winter. I have a couple of cords ready but need about 4 more to get us through the winter.

-- Mike --

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#3 posted 08-20-2013 11:52 AM

Those strips add a nice element. Wow!

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

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