Lion Statue Pedestal

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Project by JAAune posted 04-01-2015 09:56 PM 2286 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Woodworking Network just selected finalists for their 2015 Custom Woodworking Design Portfolio contest. Since they’ve selected this project to go into the finals, I figured it’s about time to get this uploaded here. There are just too many projects I’ve not yet posted here or even on the company website.

Link to the announcement: Finalists Chosen

The apron for the top is a steam-bent circle in case anyone was wondering. The setting-in work for the carving was done by CNC but everything else by hand. Just can’t get the undercutting or appropriate textures off a machine.

The carving is cherry with a glaze that brings out the highlights.

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#1 posted 04-01-2015 10:10 PM

This is beautiful. I would love to know the process by which you glue up that many pieces of wood in a seamless radial pattern for the top.

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#2 posted 04-01-2015 10:17 PM


Check out Paul Schurch’s website linked here. There’s a video on radial matches which shows how to select the right pattern using mirrors. To do it right, you need to buy sequenced veneers from a veneer supplier. They’re sold in the same order they were cut off the log.

You can’t do that type of match in solid wood or even 1/4” thick pieces. There would be too much stress when the humidity changes and cracks would open up in the joints.

I generally cut longer veneer stacks with a veneer saw then either edge sand or clean up the cut with a straight edge and knife before taping everything into two halves. The two halves are then cut with a straight edge and joined together.

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#3 posted 04-03-2015 02:08 AM

Thanks for the info. I didn’t think about the problems with wood expansion. It seems easier to just do veneer, anyway.

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#4 posted 03-31-2016 05:00 AM

Jaw just hit the floor. This is what I’m aspiring to.

-- From Pittsburgh, PA

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#5 posted 03-31-2016 07:08 PM

Your work is amazing.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 04-12-2016 03:31 AM

Notifications don’t seem to show up on my email anymore so just noticed the new comments now. Thanks. This is one of my favorite projects that I’ve built to date.

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