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Project by KWBaughb posted 12-21-2020 07:19 PM 761 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For a number of years I enjoyed making intarsia entirely out of cedar. No stains were used at all; just hand selected natural wood colours and grain patterns to express the image the way I wanted. Cedar has an amazing quality that way, in that different trees can offer up very different colouring and grain patterns. A lot of time was spent going from one lumber yard to the next trying to find just the right pieces but the hunt was enjoyable and the resulting intarsia pieces were a lot of fun to make. Here are a couple of my favourites – both are Judy Gale Roberts patterns. Unfortunately, over the span of a few years the fine dust in the cedar started to cause migraines, in spite of wearing a mask and using a dust collection system, so that was the end of my cedar intarsia projects.

-- Bob, Waterloo, Ontario - "I came, I sawed, I sanded...."





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#1 posted 12-21-2020 07:48 PM

What is the order of work for such a method? Are you making a puzzle or do you glue up blocks then carve the mass?

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KWBaughb

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#2 posted 12-21-2020 08:01 PM


What is the order of work for such a method? Are you making a puzzle or do you glue up blocks then carve the mass?

- BlueRidgeDog


Hi… I’m sure that there are a great variety of methods when making intarsia but for me the simplest approach was to make it basically like a puzzle:
- make several copies of the “pattern” (these are usually in the form of full-size line drawings)
- I would then cut out each individual piece of the pattern and use spray adhesive to hold it to the wood while I scrollsawed it (the paper is usually easy to remove afterwards and the residual glue can be removed with most paint thinners, varsol, etc.). If I wanted the grain or colouring to cross over several pieces then I might glue them all up at once.
- once cut out I attach various thicknesses of shims to the backs of pieces that required a bit of elevation for greater shaping options
- then spend many hours hand sanding (& using a dremel where I could get away with it)
- final assembly and glue-up would be on 1/4” plywood backing and finishing was a simple wipe on poly

-- Bob, Waterloo, Ontario - "I came, I sawed, I sanded...."

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#3 posted 12-21-2020 08:16 PM

Beautiful work

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#4 posted 12-21-2020 08:29 PM

The closeup photo of the elephant shows how excellent you craftsmanship is sir, top marks!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#6 posted 12-21-2020 11:29 PM

Nice work!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 12-21-2020 11:53 PM

beautiful work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#8 posted 12-22-2020 02:07 AM

Beautiful work and I am really impressed with the elephant. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#9 posted 12-22-2020 03:28 AM

I would never guess they are all cedar. That elephant is really amazing and I would have sworn it is black walnut… They are both beautiful… Never seen intarsia done with just one species and must say I really like it…. Fact I like it more than most of the intarsia I have see using different kinds of wood to make colors. The main reason I stay away from intarsia is I can’t afford all the exotic woods most people use…... Wonderful work….

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

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#10 posted 12-22-2020 02:10 PM

Beautiful work.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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KWBaughb

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#11 posted 12-23-2020 01:29 PM



The closeup photo of the elephant shows how excellent you craftsmanship is sir, top marks!

- crowie


Thanks Crowie!

-- Bob, Waterloo, Ontario - "I came, I sawed, I sanded...."

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KWBaughb

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#12 posted 12-23-2020 01:30 PM



Beautiful work and I am really impressed with the elephant. Excellent job !!! Mel

- mel52


Thanks Mel; the elephant is one of my favourites.

-- Bob, Waterloo, Ontario - "I came, I sawed, I sanded...."

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KWBaughb

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#13 posted 12-23-2020 01:39 PM



I would never guess they are all cedar. That elephant is really amazing and I would have sworn it is black walnut… They are both beautiful… Never seen intarsia done with just one species and must say I really like it…. Fact I like it more than most of the intarsia I have see using different kinds of wood to make colors. The main reason I stay away from intarsia is I can t afford all the exotic woods most people use…... Wonderful work….

- PaulDoug


Thanks! I used to “collect” cedar boards wherever I went. Some boards were as dark as the darkest black walnut, as you mention, and the colours extended all the way through to a white that was almost as pure as the white of holly. The same was true of the various grain patterns. I really enjoyed working with it as well due to its extreme softness. Most of the lumber stores don’t even carry premium quality cedar anymore; it seems to be mostly fencing and decking quality.

-- Bob, Waterloo, Ontario - "I came, I sawed, I sanded...."

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