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Project by Jess Littlefield posted 02-11-2019 03:34 PM 1007 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay guys here is the next project with lots of color which by the way is mostly printers ink. and I used maple wood. Great wood to use for it is light colored to start with …

For those that don’t know, I use a band saw on the pieces to shorten to put them in the background. And if you are making this kind of picture, always saw off the top part and throw it away.. That does mean you have to sand out the band saw marks but this way all the pieces that started on the bottom is still on the bottom. and will still fit each other with out any wider gaps between the pieces of wood. No one can run a scroll saw and keep the blade exactly straight up and down especially when the blade starts to wear out..
This way I will have some where to glue all the pieces back together after they are shaped to fit everywhere and then finished then all that’s left is trying to figure out what goes where before the glue sets up… I am still using clear lacquer for the top coats but it is getting hard to find>>>

I always try and leave enough wood around the picture top saw out in one piece so I can attach a backer board to the read .

If someone is wanting some more of how to do it just let me know.

-- Jess Littlefield

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#1 posted 02-11-2019 03:45 PM

Beautiful work Jess, The colors are great and the frame is perfect too. Blogs showing work methods are always appreciated. Even when we don’t want to make the same kind of project there is always something new to learn that can be useful.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 02-11-2019 04:18 PM

Jess that is certainly a beautiful piece. I am a scroller, in the past doing mainly detailed pictures and fretwork pieces. I am looking for different avenues to try and wow, this really excites me. Not sure I am artist enough. This takes more abilities and artistic talent than just cutting out the black areas of a pattern. I don’t even know how you get the nice colors. So much to learn.

Congratulations on a very beautiful piece.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 02-11-2019 05:17 PM

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#4 posted 02-11-2019 06:46 PM

Stunning. Jess. Breathtaking.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 02-11-2019 07:27 PM

WOW another beauty!!!
Love the side view picture so we get an idea of the depth.

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#6 posted 02-11-2019 08:59 PM

Just a fantastic job.

Thanks for the information too.

I use a scroolsaw for many decades and have never came close to this sort of skill level.

I wonder about putting the pattern on both sides of your work—as a sandwich type of thing with all pieces identified somehow on the bottom then—numbers?/letter/?grid type identifier!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 02-12-2019 12:13 AM

Nice intarsia work! You can buy both matte and gloss clear automotive lacquer at most O’Reilly Auto Parts Stores, and Pep Boys. It’s tough as nails. It doesn’t yellow like nitrocellulose lacquer. I happen to like the way nitrocellulose Lacquer yellows, but I can see that it wouldn’t look nice on your projects.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#8 posted 02-12-2019 01:12 AM

ralbuck, that might be a good suggestion but what you got in mind on gluing them together and keeping the pieces lined up… When I get the final coats of paint on I then flood the backer board with lots of glue then race the clock to get all the pieces in their places before the glue sets up…...and trying to keep everything snugged up so no gaps between the pieces..

Dark-Lightening thanks for the info…

-- Jess Littlefield

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#9 posted 02-12-2019 03:41 AM

Super nice job.

-- Julian

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#10 posted 02-12-2019 05:36 AM

Beautiful work!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#11 posted 02-12-2019 06:53 AM

Beautiful and precise details and final shaping. Colours are great too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 02-12-2019 12:57 PM

Another amazing piece, beautiful artwork!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#13 posted 02-12-2019 10:01 PM

beautiful intarsia work. I love the three dimension nature of this piece.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#14 posted 02-13-2019 06:36 PM

Fantastic work!

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

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