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Project by bubbs posted 02-24-2021 08:31 PM 551 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Zoom Pictures box shows the before and after varnish This particular intarsia is a prototype. I plan to do another and use ebony instead of walnut for the spots. Thanks to everyone who had suggestions on adding whiskers. I’ve tried several of your ideas, but whiskers just don’t look real on this piece. So, I’ve decided to leave it the way it is, because in real life, it looks great. Bubbs.

-- Cats, beer and wood...perfect.





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mtnwild

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#1 posted 02-24-2021 09:46 PM

WOW, yo really have some great projects. I see you are no rookie at this.

Awesome Leopard!!! Really awesome!!!

Won’t make any suggestions on the whiskers. I’ll just wait and see what you came up with.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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PaulDoug

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#2 posted 02-24-2021 10:35 PM

Great job…. Those eyes…. wow!

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

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mtnwild

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#3 posted 02-24-2021 11:23 PM

Yea, those eyes! Those are all wood? Just amazing.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Novamr99

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#4 posted 02-24-2021 11:31 PM

Great work. I don’t know how big it is, nor how much of a purist you are about keeping the whiskers wood, but the first thing that sprang into my mind was guitar strings. Any git’ picker on the planet has at least three sets of old strings too many( if you aren’t one of us) that I’m sure could be happily donated to the cause. They can be easily conformed to any shape or length and painted the desired hue. If they are too small, try wire hanger material.
Anyhoo, keep it up. Fantastic job.

-- That's not an optical illusion, it just looks like one.

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bubbs

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#5 posted 02-24-2021 11:57 PM

Novamr99. Good idea…definitely worth a try. And I am a guitarist! Bubbs

-- Cats, beer and wood...perfect.

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bubbs

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#6 posted 02-24-2021 11:57 PM



Great work. I don t know how big it is, nor how much of a purist you are about keeping the whiskers wood, but the first thing that sprang into my mind was guitar strings. Any git picker on the planet has at least three sets of old strings too many( if you aren t one of us) that I m sure could be happily donated to the cause. They can be easily conformed to any shape or length and painted the desired hue. If they are too small, try wire hanger material.
Anyhoo, keep it up. Fantastic job.

- Novamr99

Novamr99. Good idea…definitely worth a try. And I am a guitarist! Bubbs

-- Cats, beer and wood...perfect.

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bubbs

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#7 posted 02-25-2021 12:02 AM


Yea, those eyes! Those are all wood? Just amazing.

- mtnwild

The eyes are Osage Orange…even though Osage Orange is yellow. Go figure…

-- Cats, beer and wood...perfect.

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Redoak49

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#8 posted 02-25-2021 12:51 AM

Excellent workmanship with nice tight pieces. I would be interested in what blade you used.

I might try cutting or grinding a vee groove where you want the whiskers and either fill with dark sliver or use a dark stain in it. I would experiment on a scrap piece this and other suggestions to find the best solution.

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Novamr99

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#9 posted 02-25-2021 02:18 AM

Hey, Bubbs. Glad I could help. Have a beer with yer cat and I’ll have one with my dogs. Lemme know how it works out. Keep on pickin and carving.

-- That's not an optical illusion, it just looks like one.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#10 posted 02-25-2021 03:22 AM


Excellent workmanship with nice tight pieces. I would be interested in what blade you used.

I might try cutting or grinding a vee groove where you want the whiskers and either fill with dark sliver or use a dark stain in it. I would experiment on a scrap piece this and other suggestions to find the best solution.

- Redoak49


The closest I’ve gotten to intarsia is the WEB telling me it’s got nothing to do with Disneyland.

However, if I toss in some thoughts you’ll also be convinced of my ignorance.
My belief is that intarsia is made up of layers/intersections of different types of wood… much like 3D marquetry… again I’m guessing at these. Depending on the depth/undulation, I would lean along the lines of thicker marquetry….
OK. on hindsight this may be a tad hard to pull of… (re-edited).

R’49 suggestion sound sound, however, fearing risking damage, I would try to make some sort of following patter out of MDF before routing… I do this often with my laser, however, should be scrollable. Personally I’d avoid stain as it could leech into surrounding wood, so I would suggest wood filler… at least sanding will not destroy surrounding timber… and with food colouring it can be tinted in whatever colour you wish.

Good luck in whatever you do and hope you don’t oopsie any injustice to an already great piece.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Redoak49

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#11 posted 02-25-2021 11:37 AM

LBD…As I mentioned, I would try on a scrap first to avoid an opposite.

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Redoak49

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#12 posted 02-25-2021 12:38 PM

Sorry meant to type oopsie but spell check the changed it in to opposite. I turned the spell correct off for awhile .

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LittleBlackDuck

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#13 posted 02-25-2021 01:24 PM



Sorry meant to type oopsie but spell check the changed it in to opposite. I turned the spell correct off for awhile .

- Redoak49


If you run Firefox,

If you run some other Dodgy browser… Google ”Dodgy spell check”.....

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Calmudgeon

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#14 posted 02-25-2021 01:42 PM

Prototype, huh. Yeesh.
I’ll second all the comments on the eyes, but the detail in general is outstanding.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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Foghorn

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#15 posted 02-25-2021 04:27 PM

Wow. Outstanding!

-- Darrel

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