Base for a Manta Ray Sculpture

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Project by moonls posted 11-24-2010 04:23 PM 1802 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I constructed the base for the sculpture from 5/4 maple generously given to me by LJ Lenny at a recent get-together. I glued together 3 pieces of the maple to create a board approximately 8 1/2” X 12” X 7/8” thick. After planing and sanding, an egg-shaped template was traced onto the board and rough cut with my bandsaw. The edge was sanded smooth with 120 grit sand paper on my stationary belt sander and then hand sanded. I used a cove bit at my router table to cut the edge detail. Thanks to input from other LJ’s, the finish used was 4 coats of water-based acrylic varnish because I wanted to keep the maple as light as possible to mimic a sandy sea floor. The sculpture was attached with stainless bolts epoxyed into holes (cut into the underside of the sculpture by the artist) and secured with nuts recessed into the bottom of the base.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#1 posted 11-24-2010 05:19 PM

Very interesting and great to look at. Looking at the manta ray, I can not tell what it is sculptured from, is it
grey stone, or is it wood carved and stained? Not asking for trade secrets, just damn curious, no matter how
you did it, it looks great from here. Thanks for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 11-24-2010 05:36 PM

Hi Lorna. So nice to see the maple put to such fine use. That middle piece sure has some nice grain to it. Very nice job on the build of this base. I don’t know if this was your intention but, to me, the oval shape gives the sculpture the appearance of movement. Kudos!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#3 posted 11-24-2010 08:26 PM

Thanks for the comments and kudos. Gus the sculpture is carved from soap stone by an artisan we met at the SE Wildlife Expo in Charleston, SC last Feb.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#4 posted 11-24-2010 08:49 PM

This looks even better in person. I love the way the base looks like sand under the ray.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#5 posted 01-15-2011 06:04 AM

Your base really compliments the ray which is also quite awesome as well : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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