Celtic Knot Broach

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Project by cmckerliesr posted 12-27-2009 12:01 AM 2654 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was just a simple broach that I carved out of 3/8 inch birch and stained using a Red Oak stain from MinWax. This is my first Celtic knot though. I have always loved them and wanted to do one.

Recently I was fortunate enough to find a Celtic Knot Broach pattern. So, I copied it and glued the pattern to a piece of 3/8 inch birch that I had laying around. I then, broke out my carving tools and scroll saw and set to work.

I cut the interior and exterior using the scroll saw and a spiral blade. I then, used my carving knife and #6 gouge to make stop cuts and the intersections. Next I used the knife to round off the edges and create more detail in the knot.

While carving on this with my carving knife I had a couple of instances where a small piece just simply gave way or chipped out where I did not want or intend it to. This caused me to get creative in trying to save the project. While I can see those places when I look at it, I still think it is worth sharing. My wife, makes jewelry so I will give it to her to see if she wants it or will use it in one of her designs. If she does, I will update this project and include any pictures I can get of it after she is done with it.

Last week I had bought a High Torque Carver/Engraver and I used that to do some additional carving and sanding of the piece. I will write a review of this tool a little later. There were some areas that were just too tight to sand or some additional work that I wanted to do. But I still feel it came out pretty good. I even stole and emery board from my wife and cut it down to fit into the two really tight areas in the middle of piece.

Even with the imperfections and difficulties in a couple of areas I pretty happy with it.

This can easily be done in a matter of hours. It took me a couple of days, because of trying to correct the chip outs that occurred and wanting to salvage the project no matter what. My personal opinion, is that this is a good skill building project especially if you are just trying your hand at carving or are wanting more practice making clean precise scroll saw cuts. The interior cuts can not be rushed and require a little extra effort.

Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

UPDATE: 3/29/2010
I had stopped making these for a while. The reason why, was because I had an old Dremel Scroll Saw. It was cheap when I first bought it so I was surprised it is still going strong. Well I got tired of the cumbersom blade changes and the fact that it only has two speeds. So I bough a DeWalt 788 20 inch Scroll Saw. I have only had it a couple of days, but after setup, I immediately began a new broach. What a difference a good saw makes! WOW! The difficulties I was having with the interior cuts are gone and this broach is already looking far better then any before it.
In the near future I will post a review of this scroll saw, but so far, me likey alot!!!!!!

If you are interested in the pattern, just email me at [email protected] and put knot pattern in the subject line. Then as soon as I get it scanned into my computer I will forward you a copy. There are no directions so, I guess I should sit down and write some tips and such out to include with the pattern.

Warmest Regards!

-- The Man in the Can, Craig M. North Carolina

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#1 posted 12-27-2009 12:44 AM

Those are cool, how long did it take you to carve one out?

-- Vince

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#2 posted 12-27-2009 12:53 AM

Vince, as I stated, you can easily do this in a matter of a couple of hours. However, it took me a little longer as I was trying to salvage the project after dealing with some chip outs while carving the piece.

-- The Man in the Can, Craig M. North Carolina

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#3 posted 12-27-2009 01:41 AM


Always envied folks that can carve/sculpt.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 12-27-2009 02:05 AM

“This can easily be done in a matter of hours. It took me a couple of days,”

Sorry I must of over look this sentance.

-- Vince

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