Fish out of Water

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Project by KimAccurso posted 07-08-2018 12:26 PM 1260 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a gift for my brother’s birthday, he likes fish and has a large, really cool salt water tank as a bar in his basement. The idea came from pictures i’d seen online so I drew up the fish on paper and adhered it to a nice piece of curly maple. One side has some nice grain that my Grandpa thought would look cool on the fish. Grandpa and I now have a standing Tuesday shop day date which is the best day of the week for me – and this is what we did last week. He got a real kick out of watching me cut this fish out on his scroll saw and as he is a scrap hoarder like myself, we kept all the little pieces that were cut out :) Took forever to cut and even longer to sand. Getting in all those tight spaces will make your knuckles ache. I sanded the fish down so that the middle is thicker than all the outer edges. The eyes are axel pegs I dipped in GF Java stain to give them some color. The base is 2 pieces of 3/4” curly maple glued up and shaped using every power sanding mechanism I have. Then all by hand. I glued in the aluminum rod (which I sanded to give it a brushed look) to the base but left the fish unglued so my brother could move the fish however he wants. Finishing the base was easy but the fish was a bit difficult. 4 coats gloss wipe on poly then waxed.

Brother was very happy with his birthday present so I am happy too :)

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#1 posted 07-08-2018 12:57 PM

good idea for the eyes looks awesome ….GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 07-08-2018 02:42 PM

Nice fish! You drew it out really well. I could see sanding that one took a minute.

All of those pieces will be needed someday, good save.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#3 posted 07-08-2018 03:53 PM

Really like it

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 07-08-2018 04:05 PM

That is really a cool happy fish. I love that striped base , too!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 07-08-2018 04:35 PM

Agree sanding all of that must have taken a minute. That grain streak gives a skeletal look to the fish. Nice work.

Thanks for posting.

Way back when spending time with my Dad, and my Uncle in their shop was always the highlight

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 07-08-2018 04:48 PM

Great design!

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#7 posted 07-08-2018 06:22 PM

Good looking fish! Keep knocking them out of the park. Tuesdays must be a real treat for your Grandpa too!

-- Tom, May your safety glasses never fog,

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#8 posted 07-08-2018 08:16 PM

Good looking design, and the rod not being glued solid is a good idea. Great job.

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#9 posted 07-08-2018 11:14 PM

Way cool. Art. Keep posting.

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#10 posted 07-09-2018 06:27 AM

Doubling back to say Congrats on your 3.

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#11 posted 07-09-2018 06:38 AM

So beautiful art work!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 07-09-2018 11:32 AM

Doubling back to say Congrats on your 3.

- therealSteveN

Thanks all, really appreciate the compliments! Was a fun project!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#13 posted 07-09-2018 12:59 PM

Love the smile on his face! Great work! Congrats on you Daily Top 3!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#14 posted 07-16-2018 01:14 PM

Very nice workmanship

-- Roger Gaborski,

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