Intarsia Rooster Weathervane

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Blog entry by justoneofme posted 09-07-2019 12:09 AM 1162 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Great big hellos to all LumberJock buddies! It seems I’m on a roll!! Now that I’ve completed my (blogged about) Rustic Intarsia donation for Hospice House, I thought it was high time to finally finish off another Intarsia project that’s been hanging around unfinished far too long. My Rooster Weathervane … started in APRIL of 2017!!

Years ago I fell in love with the funkiest colorful rooster weathervane ever, and although I couldn’t justify such frivolous expense … a seed was planted, and germination began! I Googled around for the perfect design, and changed it up a bit to suit cutting out of old pallet boards. What fun that was … splinters and all. But I certainly wasn’t going to waste (aka) Shipwright’s beautiful clear cedar for something that would eventually be painted and exposed to the great outdoors! Paul would cut off my cedar supply toot-sweet!!

Yep … looks pretty rough and nasty. And that’s just the start of this double-sided adventure!

I even had to resort to using a thicker blade on my Excalibur scroll saw.

But through much perseverance various joints were glued together and all the many parts of both roosters, once cut out, actually looked passable. Then … when I started shaping and sanding … I could see my very own funky roosters coming to life!

The biggest change in the design was to make a floral and leaf pattern for my roosters to strut about in.

When all the shaping and sanding was done, I placed all the many parts of one rooster onto plywood, traced its outline, and cut what would become the substrate upon which both roosters would be glued.

Knowing I would want access for a metal mounting rod, and doweled arrow … appropriate sized slots were cut into the plywood.

Then all the many pieces were double-face taped to (both sides) of the substrate … securely wrapped up and ready for transport. It was time to head off to the lake!

We were half way through our 4 months of Cabin Life before I was finally able to unveil my roosters in preparation for painting and gluing everything together. By the time that was completed, it was time to pack up! Once again my roosters we’re sheltered from bumps and bruises while trekking back home. It was now late SEPTEMBER of 2017.

There was only a short time left before having to pack the car for our winter in Blythe, California (yes, we have a lovely spoiled life!) ... and so, leaving the roosters bundled up, I concentrated upon the extras for this weathervane. The wooden arrow was cut out …

... and I needed to enlarge the holes on these fancy balls purchased.

An 8 foot length of 3/8” thick metal mounting rod and 1/2” copper sleeve were bought as well. What’s missing from this photo are the solid brass directional parts. I practically had to get down on my knees and beg for the only set left in storage at Capitol Iron!

Everything part of my discombobulated Rooster Weathervane went to Blythe, but we were much too busy with park model renovations … and everything came back home, still snuggly wrapped up. That was MARCH of 2018 … and this project remained in its dormant state, roosting upon a storage shelf in my workshop while our busy lives carried on.

With 100 and 1 other projects under my belt since then, it’s now present-day SEPTEMBER of 2019! After being wrapped snug as a bug in a rug for all that length of time, my roosters have finally been exposed. Wow!! I had forgotten how bold and beautifully bright they were!!!

I’ve used Titebond 111 … a waterproof glue … throughout this project. The plywood substrate was completely coated (with special attention to the edges) and dried before gluing all the painted parts of the roosters in place.

Once all those edges were painted to correspond with the rooster colors … as well the extra parts … three coats of exterior Varathane (spray bomb) were applied.

Alignment is everything! ... even for a funky Rooster Weathervane that’s mostly for show!!

Using E6000 (industrial strength adhesive), a rubber grommet was glued to this over-sized metal washer. With that cured, the metal rod was inserted to ensure proper alignment and that rubberized washer was set in place. Hopefully this will keep rain from seeping into the interior of the substrate.

This elaborate setup was necessary for setting the arrow in straight formation. I suppose cockeyed would have been acceptable with this being funky and all … but I tend to be a perfectionist, even when I know nothing is perfect. Still, I try!

I’m getting excited now!! That small rectangle piece of wood with the metal washer glued in place over the drilled hole (shown in previous photo) ... became the ‘rod keeper’ attached to our sun deck post.

I patiently waited a whole day for the arrow parts to set up … then added extra protection by plugging what was left of the square holes (both ends of the arrow) with silicone.

At last! Everything was ready to be assembled!!

The copper sleeve proved difficult until I realized I could cut it on the bandsaw … and use the belt sander to gently shape snug fits on the rooster’s slants and indents. A last bit of attention with paint thinner on a soft sanding sponge made all the beautiful brass parts sparkle.

With the mounting block screwed to the post, and the directional arrows screwed tightly to the metal rod … it all was lifted into place and tightly secured to the railing.

Wahoo! There he is (with the front of my workshop in the background) ... our Funky Rooster Weathervane … proudly waving in the breeze!! And maybe he’s even pointing in the right direction … lol!

After 41 years of Cabin Life, we sold at the end of last season. I’ve made good use of workshop time here on the Island, enjoying every moment in the process of crossing off this Summer’s woodworking projects. Neglected flowerbeds are next on the to-do list before I delve into different bits and pieces of creativity within the shop. There’s only a month left before going into clean up mode and packing up. Hi-ho hi-ho, it’s off to Blythe we go!

Thanks for following along … now get out there and enjoy the last legs of Summer!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#1 posted 09-07-2019 02:16 AM

You are such a wonderful artist and designer Elaine. I’ll be looking up as I get out of the car on Monday! Fabulous project! Beautiful!

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#2 posted 09-07-2019 03:55 AM


It was well worth the wait! What a spectacular looking weathervane. Sometimes projects take a little longer (okay, a lot longer) than anticipated, but what satisfaction when finally done. (I’m patiently[?] waiting the recommended 4 weeks for some poly to cure before completing my current project.)


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#3 posted 09-07-2019 05:21 AM

Well explained. I like it. ;)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 09-07-2019 06:25 AM

Great blog Elaine. Something to crow about one might say.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 09-07-2019 12:59 PM

Beautiful work and very well documented and shared. Thanks for taking us along.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#6 posted 09-07-2019 02:01 PM

Wow. That is just plain beautiful work. Too nice to be outside. Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 09-07-2019 03:07 PM

Many thanks for these fantastic comments everyone!!

I’m looking forward to your visit Anna :)

Hope you’re going to fill us in on your current project L/W!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#8 posted 09-07-2019 05:00 PM

That is almost too nice to be out in the weather!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 09-25-2019 10:02 PM

Love this Elaine. Seeing the work process is so interesting. I’m always amazed with what you can do with paint too. Very cool!!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 09-25-2019 10:08 PM

Love this Elaine. Seeing the work process is so interesting. I couldn’t help wondering where you got the nice turnings from. So well done like the rest of the rooster. I’m always amazed with what you can do with paint too. Very cool!!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 09-26-2019 02:54 PM

Hi Mike … glad you like my funky rooster! He’s holding up well under the pressure of windy-wet autumn weather :)

Those lovely balls came from our local Windsor Plywood. Maybe if I was under your tutelage, wood turning would be fun to learn. Alas … we’re live too far away from each other, and I take the easy road! So glad you had that time with Mark, as I’m sure he will truly enjoy future projects now that he’s learned (from you) the finer points of turning!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#12 posted 09-26-2019 04:02 PM

another beautiful piece you really do lovely work and GR8 blog on how thanks for this GREAT JOB :<))) I GAVE YOU TOP 3 LOL

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#13 posted 09-26-2019 08:32 PM

Many thanks…thanks…thanks Tony! LOL!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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