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Blog series by TripleB updated 02-14-2014 07:47 PM 17 parts 58102 reads 38 comments total

Part 1: New Intarsia Blog for TripleB

08-07-2012 09:40 PM by TripleB | 5 comments »

I really am starting to enjoy this Intarsia art, and since this is new to me, I thought I would start logging everything into a blog. I have always admired and been a little intimidated by the Art of Intarsia, I think that I thought only somebody that has been behind a scroll saw for many years would have the talent to do it. As being I’ve only been using a scroll saw for a little over a year, I figured it was simply above my abilities. I finally decided to just give it a shot, after...

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Part 2: Hummingbird Day 1

08-09-2012 04:29 AM by TripleB | 7 comments »

My Hummingbird Intarsia pattern arrived today, quicker than I thought it would, which is always a pleasant surprise. And I actually did take a couple pictures of it. First off, the pattern came from Judy Gale Roberts at I ordered two patterns and they both came neatly packed in a nice mailing tube. The patterns came complete with instructions and an 8 1/2” x 11” color photo of how the finished project should look. The pattern itself is printed on a heavy tracing ...

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Part 3: Hummingbird Day 2

08-09-2012 05:56 PM by TripleB | 2 comments »

I started cutting the lower leaves out. I found a nice piece of poplar with a nice greenish grey streak going through it (The picture just doesn’t show the actual colors well) and thought that it would work nicely for the leaves. My day today is not quite working out the way I had hoped, so I’m not sure how much more I will get too today. I am hoping to get started on some leaf shaping, If I do I will post some more pictures. If you have any questions please feel...

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Part 4: Hummingbird Day 3

08-10-2012 06:03 PM by TripleB | 0 comments »

The leaves are coming along nicely so far. I was able to get the leaves that are cut, 80% shaped. At this point I don’t want to completely shape them until I am a little further along. You may have noticed that I “Tack” glued the leaves together, I don’t think I explained this well in the previous post. I use Alleen’s Clear Jell Tacky glue for this purpose because it tends to come apart easier later on if I need to take something apart to refine the shape. The...

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Part 5: Hummingbird Day 5

08-21-2012 03:19 PM by TripleB | 1 comment »

Unfortunately, the last week or so, it’s been very difficult for me to get into the shop to work on the hummingbird. But now I should be able to get back at it, the only set back now is when the Wenge wood I ordered gets here. I will not be able to finish the hummer with out it, but I can work around it until it arrives. The Wenge is only on the bird, so I will work on the Lilly flowers in the mean time. I was able to get the bottom leaves done and partial frame together yesterday. I...

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Part 6: Hummingbird Day 6

08-22-2012 02:58 PM by TripleB | 1 comment »

I was able to get some of the Lilly done today. Wood’s I finally decided on are White Poplar, Red Cedar and Bubinga for the stem. I’m not sure how much time I will have to work on it today, but I should be able to get a little more done. I have another order I need to work on and get that out today, so the Hummer might take a bit of a back seat today. This is a short update, there just isn’t much more to say that the picture already does. BobTripleBScroll Saw Forum

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Part 7: Hummingbird Day 7

08-24-2012 01:43 AM by TripleB | 0 comments »

I spent most of yesterday working on the Lilly, but didn’t quite finish it up. I did not want to update the blog until the Lilly was as finished as it could be. I spent a little time this morning finishing up the Lilly and than moved right into making the bird itself. I am going to make another blog post this evening on the birds progress as soon as I am done with this one. I used some different woods to finish up the Lilly. The leaves in back are Maple, the stem is Bubinga and the s...

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Part 8: Hummingbird Day 8

08-24-2012 02:24 AM by TripleB | 2 comments »

I have been very apprehensive about doing the actual Hummingbird, I honestly didn’t think I had the skills to be able to make the very tight color transitions in the body of the bird without having massive gaps to contend with. That’s why I started with the easy parts first. But after all is said and done, I think I did ok for a newbie. The top part of the body is Lace wood or Leopard wood, I thought it would give a good feather effect, but at this point, I’m thinking I s...

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Part 9: Hummingbird Day 9

08-28-2012 07:46 PM by TripleB | 1 comment »

My Wenge finally arrived yesterday, and I went straight to work! It’s frustrating looking at your project all weekend but not being able to progress on it. So now I’m happy again. I was able to get the beak together which was my major hold up because it is critical that the bird fits correctly before I can finish the frame. I did take the liberty during the down time to take part of the Lilly apart and reshape some of it, I simply wasn’t totally satisfied with my shaping ...

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Part 10: Hummingbird Day 10/ Completed

08-31-2012 04:09 PM by TripleB | 5 comments »

Well, it’s finally done!! I have learned a lot making this project, probably the biggest lesson has been patience. Most of my projects don’t take this long to make so it has been a very different experience for me, but I will admit I’m hooked! This project has been challenging, at times frustrating, but it has been fun and I really did enjoy making it. I’m pretty sure Intarsia is definitely going to be a new direction in my wood working future. I finished it with fi...

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Part 11: Lilly Cross Day 1

09-04-2012 07:04 PM by TripleB | 0 comments »

I’m starting a new project but wasn’t going to blog about it because I thought it would be boring. While I was working on cutting the cross parts out I decided to make this project quite a bit different than originally designed. I decided that documenting my thought process and figuring out how I’m going to actually accomplish it will give me reference for later if I decide to do it again. What better way to do that than with the blog, so here I sit. This pattern comes fr...

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Part 12: Lilly Cross Day 1.1

09-04-2012 10:28 PM by TripleB | 0 comments »

Re-design on the fly can lead to many changes in a project from minute to minute, I am quickly learning. I finished the sanding of the cross pieces to get the proper thickness and laid them out. It was than I realized, I need to make two of these now. In order for me to get the design I have visioned in my head, I need to remake the cross as a solid piece. I’m cheap, which means I don’t want to throw away the material and time I have already spent on making the cross pieces, so wh...

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Part 13: Lilly Cross Day 2

09-12-2012 08:21 PM by TripleB | 1 comment »

I recently received a couple more orders that put the Intarsia Lilly Cross on the back burner, paying customers always come first, but I finished what I needed to get done on those orders and had some time to spare so I worked on the Lilly Cross. I started working on the wrap around vine, I knew this was going to be a real challenge, so I am extremely happy with what I was able to get done today. Below are the steps I took to get the vine to “Wrap Around” the back side of the cros...

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Part 14: Lilly Cross Day 3

09-27-2012 01:41 AM by TripleB | 0 comments »

When things turn bad, it seems to snowball! In my last post I was saying how happy I was that everything was going so well (Yes I know that post was a while ago at this point, sorry bout that), and it was, until I tried to lay the Lilly out to match the flower to the stem. It simply would not work because the stem was not thick enough. The problem is, I was so concerned about wrapping the stem around the back, I never considered how high it would need to be on the front. Whoops! I intend to l...

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Part 15: Lilly Cross Day 4

10-03-2012 12:45 AM by TripleB | 5 comments »

BONUS POINTS at the end! Well I finally had success with making the stem, and now things are moving along a little quicker. I guess the third time is the charm! If you’ve been following this blog you’ll know that making the wrap around stem has been my nemesis on this project, and it took me 3 tries to get it the way I wanted it to be. The below pictures are the completed stem (minus some more sanding). This next one shows the result that I needed for the wrap around st...

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Part 16: Lilly Cross Day's 5 & 6

10-20-2012 09:23 PM by TripleB | 5 comments »

I finally was able to spend some real time on the Lilly Cross, now it is almost complete. I don’t think I need to go into big explanations here other than to say the Lilly is complete, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. If you have any questions, please ask I will be happy to answer any of them. I will probably be finished with it tomorrow and will post the final pictures than.

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Part 17: How to make Intarsia, Video series

02-14-2014 07:47 PM by TripleB | 3 comments »

Hey Lumberjocks! I’ve grown to love making Intarsia, and it’s much easier to make than it looks. I decided to let others see just how easy intarsia can be. I put together this 7 part video series on how to make a simple Intarsia sea shell so that those that might want to try can at least get a nice taste of it. Once you have the basics down, than you can take on just about any Intarsia pattern there is. Click on the picture below to go to the 7 part series and also get a free p...

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