Fret work benches & chairs

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Project by grosa posted 09-01-2010 04:56 AM 2132 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is fret work still done the old fashion way, kinda. I draw the designs on paper first. I tweak them for about 2 days. When they look good I stick them to a piece of 1/2” plywood and cut then out on my scroll saw and pin nail them to a piece of 3/4” plywood. Then I cut the design into the plywood, only 3/8” deep. When the design is cut I remove the template and that is my production template. That way they all come out the same. or

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#1 posted 09-01-2010 05:05 AM

I love this when i first saw it. Twenty different things popped into my head. What kind of wood, what other patterns could i use, what other things could i implement the schoolwork in etc.. Now putting that aside i absolutely love what you have done. My mother would be proud to ask the preacher over and have a glass of iced tea. Great work. Some thing that looks like that has such grace. Thank you for sharing.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#2 posted 09-01-2010 05:12 AM

Those are really neat designs. I have always liked fret work. What type of wood and finish do you use on them. Great build.

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#3 posted 09-01-2010 05:40 AM

All of these are made from poplar with an oil base primer. More design ideas a I love making fret work, the designs are endless. Thank you.

-- Have a great day.

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#4 posted 09-01-2010 06:09 AM

I’m very impressed with all of your work grosa. Thanks for taking the time to share with us.

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#5 posted 09-01-2010 06:20 AM

No, Thank you.

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#6 posted 09-01-2010 11:42 AM

love the “swing”.

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#7 posted 09-01-2010 12:48 PM

Fantastic work, do you cut it out on a regular scroll saw or a bandsaw?

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#8 posted 09-01-2010 05:41 PM

Really inspiring work!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 09-02-2010 02:30 AM

Thank you. After I sketch it on paper I glue it to a piece of 1/2” plywood then I cut it out on the scroll saw. Then I take the scroll saw template and I make a pin router template out of 3/4” plywood and keep the scroll saw template as my master. With the pin router template I can cut out thousands of pieces that all come out the same. For production, thats what I do for every design. For you guys that do not know what an inverted pin router is check out . I have model 36210, 3phz power, 10 hp motor It is a great tool to duplicate flat parts. For what i do It is faster than a CNC because I don’t have to wright a program.

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