Custom Intarsia Keepsake Box #10: The Last LITTLE Intarsia

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Blog entry by wdkits1 posted 08-21-2013 07:08 PM 1813 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In order to make this custom box unique and personal, the client asked that a few things be added that have special meaning. We discussed adding a US flag and a Romanian Flag to the bottom corners and added the 2013 to the top right corner.

Although these add-ons were challenging in their own right. the biggest challenge was adding the rose to the upper left corner. I began by using my intarsia rose pattern and reducing it down by 75 percent.

I traced the outlines onto sticky back label paper then cut out the pieces using bloodwood for the rose, Lignum Vitae for the leaves and bubinga for the stem. Did my sanding with the dremel tool then assembled the pieces back onto the pattern, gluing it together with CA glue to make one unit.

Cleaned up the excess glue with the dremel tool then traced the outline of the rose onto label paper.

I affixed the new pattern into position on the Peruvian walnut background and threaded the #3/0 blade through a pilot hole and cut out the recess for the little rose.

So here it is folks with all of the pieces in place. Still have to glue the Intarsia into the lid and finish it up

Almost done—stay tuned

-- Mike --

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#1 posted 08-21-2013 07:58 PM

I just had a chance to read this “from the beginning”...
Really Nice Work Mike, and Great Job on the Blog too…
With this kind of work,
no scrap would be too small to throw away!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 08-22-2013 12:50 AM

yea mike , that is why my shop is full with all kinds of wood, it jut seems to grow and get larger…i know i have wood in my barrels that would be perfect with intarsia..this is wonderful mike, i love what you do, i really need to get into this, i love the art factor, so many things you can do with wood to achieve your desired effect, like what you did with the glue up of the stripes….thanks mike

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

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#3 posted 08-22-2013 12:24 PM

A very nice build, and gr8 blog

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

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#4 posted 08-22-2013 02:56 PM

Thanks for the comments guys
To Mike—With the price of some of the woods I use, this is one of the reasons I like doing the small Intarsia projects—Blue Mahoe-$40 bf, Ebony-$60 bf, Premium Holly-$25 bf. Anything bigger than a square inch is not considered scrap.
To Grizzman- OK ,This is one reason I did this tutorial. I want to see you take the plunge to the dark side. Let me know when you’re ready—I’m here for you buddy.

-- Mike --

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