Tree of life

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Project by Davynurse posted 09-21-2016 07:28 PM 1226 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a very special project for me and I’m very happy how it turned out overall. I made this for a very special person in my life as a house warming gift for her and its my first woodworking project that is more of artwork than functional. The large main panel is 3 pieces of walnut from the same board, one of the boards had some sapwood that I could not get rid of so I used it at the bottom to accent the piece to almost make it look like it was coming out of the ground. and the center decorative panel is curly cherry that I had been saving for just the right project to show it off. I used my router and circle cutting jig to cut out all the circles in this project (worked perfectly). The way I attached the cherry panel was to cut a 1/4 inch rabbet in the circle of the main panel and then cut a slightly smaller (to account for wood movement) matching circle out of the cherry panel and attached it that way. The tree of life center display I drilled holes into and used my scroll saw to cut away the bulk of the material then went in with a dremel and an 1/8 inch rotary rasp bit and took down all the rough saw marks then with an 1/8 drum sanding attachment cleaned all the areas more, then I finished it off with thin strips of sandpaper and locked it into my vise and hand sanded for about 5 hours (If your not big on sanding stay away from this project lol). I used a couple strips of 3/4 inch oak to make a French cleat to hang it with. Then I glued the tree into place and finished it with about three coats of spray lacquer and it turned out great on the finish. Thank you in advance for taking a look at my work and always try find passion with everything you do.

-- Arguments with furniture are rarely productive. (Kehlog Albran)

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#1 posted 09-21-2016 09:30 PM

I love it..great gift.

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#2 posted 09-22-2016 12:30 AM

Beautiful. I love tree designs like this. I plan on jumping into relief carving soon with the eventual goal of carving a very similar design.

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#3 posted 09-22-2016 01:45 PM

I really like this, this is one of the best tree of life patterns i’ve seen

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#4 posted 09-22-2016 01:49 PM

Very nice design where is the pattern from if you don’t mind me asking.

-- jeff robinson, panama city, fl

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#5 posted 09-22-2016 03:02 PM

You really did a nice job on this. It’s a wonderful gift.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 09-22-2016 04:50 PM

Beautiful. Definitely art. :)

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#7 posted 09-22-2016 11:19 PM

Really sweet and crisp, full of love.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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