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Grapes & Vines, Carving & Marquetry #6: Completed Table Base

09-09-2021 02:13 PM by Dennis Zongker | 13 comments »

I finally finished building the Hallway Table Base. The center section of the base has a loose joint, in order to fit into the elevator. Next I’ll be making the top which will have Marquetry Veneer of grapes & vines and an assortment of fruit, which can be really fun working with all the different colors of veneers. Thank you for looking. Side corner View Side Apron View Top view of Corner Close up of Corner Center Loose joint Corner Mortis ...

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Kolrosing #2: Chinkin-bori

09-04-2021 12:24 PM by Dave Polaschek | 17 comments »

Was reading a book on inro last night, and discovered chinkin-bori, which is Japanese kolrosing, using gold or other materials to fill the fine carved lines. Just leaving this here as a reference for myself. I’m pretty sure this is similar to the ideas I had about using other colors in kolrosing, with the added touch of using lacquer to hold everything in place. Note that the Japanese is 沈金彫り but I’m not sure if that will survive LJ’s code…

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Grapes & Vines, Carving & Marquetry #5: Small Carving Details

08-31-2021 12:11 PM by Dennis Zongker | 14 comments »

I’m done carving the three legs that go to the hallway table that I’m making. It’s hard to match them perfectly when hand carving, you can see some little details that are different. I think that is what makes it unique and fun to carve.Thank you for looking. Close up of carvings. End View of all three legs Side view of all three legs

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Grapes & Vines, Carving & Marquetry #4: Glue, Bandsaw, Rasp, & Carve the Cabriole Legs

07-24-2021 11:38 PM by Dennis Zongker | 19 comments »

This is one of three cabriole table legs made out of American Black Walnut that gets attached to the hallway table that I’m making. Here are some step pictures that I took to finish one leg, now two legs left. This is very fun carving the Grapes & leafs. Thank you for looking. Cutting the hardwood to width on the table saw. Cutting the walnut hardwood to length on a miter saw. Sanding the walnut flat with 150 grit sandpaper. After blowing off the dust I u...

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Builder's Challenge (Mallet Challenge 2021) #1: Challenge accepted!

07-12-2021 01:24 AM by Ash | 4 comments »

Theme requirements:1. Use at least two different woods from two different countries.2. Include at least one non-wood element in the build. Ok! So, I’ve decided to make a Small round carving mallet for this challenge. My two woods are Hard Maple and Purpleheart. To fulfill the non-wood requirement, I’m going to run a 1/4” carriage bolt through the center and secure it with a washer and a cap nut to A) add a bit of weight and, B) help ensure that my handle tenon doesn’...

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Carved birch mouse #4: Refining the ears

06-19-2021 04:11 PM by Dave Polaschek | 7 comments »

The ears, as DoubleDD said in a comment, can make or break this mouse. I started by making some pencil lines sketching out what I thought would look good (I had already done the right ear at this point, so concentrate on the one on the mouse’s left). I trimmed off the outside of the ear a bit, gradually getting closer to a shape I liked. Then I hollowed the inside of the ear with a gouge. As I went, I also refined the mouse’s cheek, forehead, and the nape of his neck....

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Carved birch mouse #3: The tools

06-19-2021 03:24 PM by Dave Polaschek | 16 comments »

I realize I probably should have posted this earlier in the sequence, but I was adapting tools and figuring out what I needed as I went. Here’s a photo of the tools I’ve used so far. From left to right: A Morakniv Basic which I used for days 1 and 2 of this blog, mostly roughing out the mouse. One of the SPRAD knives I made. Used for detail work where the Basic knife was too long. A 6/6 gouge, used for hollowing the ears. A Morakniv Classic 2C that has been shortened to abo...

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Carved birch mouse #2: Body rounding and ears

06-17-2021 05:19 PM by Dave Polaschek | 11 comments »

After yesterday’s work, I drew a other couple guide-lines along the edges of the mouse, about 1/8” in from the previous lines. Then I cut away between the new line and the line I’d carved yesterday. The goal is to give the mouse a rounded body. With that done, I worked on refining the area between his ears. As I didn’t have a short knife suitable for working in these tight spaces, I modified a longer one. I’ll add pictures of that later. Finally, I sanded his sides a...

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Carved birch mouse #1: Introduction and rough outlines

06-16-2021 09:06 PM by Dave Polaschek | 11 comments »

Last night while I was waiting for the house to cool off, I read the two-part series on carving a mouse at Tools For Working Wood. It was pretty good, so I took a couple screen-shots and when I had a few minutes today, I got started. First, I roughed out the mouse from a piece of birch on the bandsaw. Very 2D, and about 3/4 inch thick. Next, I used a rasp to quickly remove he bandsaw burns (I was using a 3/4” 3tpi resaw blade, not the best for cutting fine details) Then I dre...

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Grapes & Vines, Carving & Marquetry #3: Dovetail, Mortise & Tenon, Carving the Apron

06-12-2021 04:40 PM by Dennis Zongker | 16 comments »

This table needs to go up and elevator to the 78th floor, so it needs to break down into two sections. The front apron will have a loose sliding dovetail spline joint. The center carving on the apron is carved while the joint is together, then will be taken apart so that it can be moved to its home when completed. This has been a really fun project so far. Next I’ll be carving the legs with grapes and leaves & Scrolls. Thank you for looking. Gluing up the front A...

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