how to make an intarsia

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Blog entry by woodpecker posted 02-18-2008 06:45 AM 943 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wrote this blog on suggestion of a fellow lumberjock.

1. Make sure you have all the materials needed. (wood, paint, stain, scroll saw, ect…)
2. Think about what you want to make, then draw it or print a pattern off of the internet or something and transfer it to a piece of wood.
3. cut out all of the individual pieces, and sand the edges to make them smooth. you can also shape them by carving, sanding, ect.. this is also when you paint or stain the peices. paint it if you use plywood if you stain your plywood it will not turn out very good. stain solid wood instead. mix different types of wood for and interesting and beautiful effects. (like use basswood for a girls’ skin and purple heart for her dress, and walnut for hair.)
4. put the peices together on a thin bit of scrap, glue in place and poly or laquer it.
5. hang up and enjoy!

hey, if i missed any details, then let me know, ok?

-- ahhh, Woodworking...... What more is there to say?

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#1 posted 02-18-2008 12:48 PM

thanks for the tips.
Some day I’m going to try this!

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#2 posted 02-18-2008 01:05 PM

Thanks for the “recipe”. You make this sound interesting. It is a technique that I am going to try.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 02-18-2008 01:58 PM

Very interesting technique. I definitely like the results!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#4 posted 02-18-2008 08:55 PM

If you guys have questions and stuff, let me know, ill be happy to answer them. thanks for reading!

-- ahhh, Woodworking...... What more is there to say?

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#5 posted 02-21-2008 05:50 AM

Thanks for the mini tour.

I’m sure that it can get deeper than this though.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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