Bald Eagle

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Project by 2x4xDoug posted 06-25-2014 06:43 AM 1311 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My least favorite part of woodworking has always been the finishing work. Lately I am starting to enjoy it after I did some research online.

1. Scrub the piece with a toothbrush and a minimal amount of water.
2. Apply a coat of varnish that has been diluted with water in a one-to-one ratio.
3. Paint with watered down acrylics.
4. Finish up with a coat of varnish.

I am sure the experienced carvers were already aware of this technique, but I wanted to share with the other novices. I am happy with the results.

This eagle was a blast to make. It’s actually second in a series of two. The first one was less detailed and sold instantly. This one was made by request. I tweaked the design to include wood burning for the feathers.

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#1 posted 06-25-2014 06:08 PM

Sweet!!! thanks for the info also

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#2 posted 06-26-2014 03:44 PM

Is it from one piece of wood? You should definitely do more of these. Wooden birds do sell well. Great time pieces. :)

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#3 posted 06-26-2014 03:47 PM

Yes, one piece of wood.

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