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Project by Jess Littlefield posted 09-12-2020 04:13 PM 613 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I forgot to take pictures during the process for these were learning curves for a few new things and they laid back in between other makings…. First off I didn’t think this picture I was using had enough of the wow factor and I have to think it looks good before I want to build it!!
And the thinking was what can I do to it for folks to want to stand there looking and thinking????

I did the one on the right first and I must have not looked at the picture very good before I started on it for I didn’t even realize it had any little flowers to make so I decided to add more flowers and try to make a flower more or less like a real flower would look using wood…Then I got flower happy and as you can see they are all over the carvings.!

Maybe what was the hardest was making the big rose for I decided to make all the petals with the wood grain up and down which would make them more durable and not break off as bad.

-- Jess Littlefield





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#1 posted 09-12-2020 04:21 PM

I forgot, I used the air brush and water base stain or color or paint?

And also I sprayed a few coats of semi-gloss lacquer and then after that has dried good I use 0000 steel wool and some wool wax to take off the new look…....but as I am getting older I seem to be leaving out the steel wool part.. No it don’t look good enough to suit me but hey I seen to tire earlier than I use to….

-- Jess Littlefield

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#2 posted 09-12-2020 04:41 PM

Amazing work!
Thanks for sharing. The roses especially are incredible. They are so three dimensional. I’ve not seen that type of work before. Beautiful work!
Jon

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#3 posted 09-12-2020 04:47 PM

Those are great and the colors are so nice.

-- James E McIntyre

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#4 posted 09-12-2020 09:40 PM

very nicely done, Jess.
what did you carve it with ?
additional photos during production of projects like this fill in the rest of the story.
type of wood, tools used, etc etc etc

John

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#5 posted 09-13-2020 04:25 PM

John I usually do take lots of pictures of the process but this flower thing was started when I didn’t realize pictures are important.. Take a look at some of the other things I have done and they will help a person understand. After I get some of the big stuff ground off I end up with the three Dremels hanging by the work area….I use www.woodcarverssupply.com for the bits… I also think Dremel is shooting their own self by not selling and advertising good bits to go along with the # 3000 I use.. And it could be # 300 instead for I haven’t looked at the number in a few years… Just to get the idea of what I do, I start with a picture which I store on Rapid Resizer on my computer. I decide on the size I want to carve then have Resizer make a couple of copies. One to glue on the wood and the other to go by while cutting and carving the wood.. The scroll saw is used the most and before I start up the scroll saw I attach a backer board to the back of the maple board I had glued up for the picture…. I use 4 screws to hold the backer board to the other wood… I then apply Scotch brand clear packing tape to the board…I then spray temporary spray glue on the wood and position the pattern on to the glue. Duck brand clear tape will leave a sticky residue on the wood and to get that off lacquer thinner has to be used….There are lots of types of Scotch tape and I think the clear shipping tape stays together while pulling if off the glue…. Only spray the glue on a few minutes before you are ready to start sawing the wood in to pieces.. If you wait too long the glue will dry up too much and the pattern will come loose in places and thats a no no when trying to saw the wood in to small pieces… I have found most all spray glue works about the same so brands or cost doesn’t change much… With the backer board attached I start sawing only the outside of the piece I will carve but as I saw enough to let me know where the edge of the pattern is I then stop and turn the pattern over and pre drill the hole with a counter sink angle for the tapered correct length of the crews I have already chosen… I want the smallest screw I can use that will be counter sunk in to the back side of the wood and long enough to hold the one piece backer so all the loose pieces I am cutting to go back and become one solid piece of carving. I like to have a couple of screws holding all the outside pieces to the backer board…..Then later after all the outside waste wood has been sawed off and discarded I can then attach all the outside pieces back on the backer board with the screws… This will let you measure the right distance for more screws to hold the inside pieces to the backer board.
I use all sheet metal screws for the threads are of the same diameter down to the tapered point so I can use a straight drill bit and not the tapered countersink bit for its hard to set the drill bit the exact depth needed. To pick the right size diameter drill bit,,,,, hold the drill bit in front of the screw and all you need showing is a small portion of the threads on each side of the drill bit…..... The threads are what holds in the wood and this way I am not worried about the screw splitting the wood….And all the screws will be close to the edges so do it right then you don’t have to worry about stopping and gluing up some mistakes you made… Once all the pieces have been sawed apart then I can find what ever will grind the wood not needed to make a good carving to get gone as quick as possible. Now I take pictures as I progress and put the pictures on the computer to study what parts and pieces will look better with more grinding here and there and does one part look the way it should or does more grinding need to take place… My other projects will show I like to do the staining or coloring on each separate piece and the same goes for the clear finish also… An air brush is the best way I have found and with using water base stains and colors it take very little material to go a long way…

The other tools I use, a 1×42” belt disk sander. I have two so one has a 36 grit belt and the other an 80 grit.. I do most all the wood grinding with these two machines . I also use a 9” Grizzly oscillating drum sander and a regular electric sander, old Black and decker hand held model only I turn it up side down laying on a rubber mat to do the smooth sanding on a few pieces on the flat areas large enough to hold the sander with one hand and the piece to be sanded with the other hand….. Then in areas too small for sanders to reach I go to the Wood Carvers Supply of bits and reach for the diamond and ruby bits that have 1/32” shaft sizes and they will smooth the wood that has been ground out with the coarses bits Wood Carvers sells.. Amazing what they will do and how long they will last… Actually some bits was bought in 2016 when I decided flat woodworking was not for me anymore>>>>>>>>

Look through my other projects then let me know if there are still things to be discussed.
Oh the Rapid Resizer program we loaded on a computer back before 2000. It was free but now it cost to use it… It will resize a picture then sends it to the cheap printer we have and it will flip a picture if need be….. If I see a picture I might want to carve and if it can be put on my computer then I can work with it later… My wife does stained glass and I like to use some of her glass patterns especially if she has already made that picture

It was something about that car sitting around and on top of those small tree seedlings for all those years getting trapped by them , I just wanted to see what I could do!!!!

-- Jess Littlefield

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#6 posted 09-13-2020 04:31 PM

The printer I use came from Walmart on sale a couple years ago for 19.99. It’s a Canon# 2522

We started out buying much more expensive printers but hey, they broke down also much too soon. This one has lasted longer than most did and much cheaper …

-- Jess Littlefield

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#7 posted 09-13-2020 04:33 PM

-- Jess Littlefield

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#8 posted 09-13-2020 06:15 PM

Beautiful work.

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

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#9 posted 09-16-2020 05:24 PM

Jess – Thank You so much for such an informative tutorial !!
many good tips you have shared with us. your craftsmanship and attention to detail is beyond reproach.
after reading thoroughly through your thread, you saved the best for last !!!
the car & trees carving is AWESOME !!!!

Thank You again for sharing.
John

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#10 posted 11-03-2020 01:42 PM

Great work! Thanks for sharing your technique.

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