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Project by MrsN posted 03-09-2011 05:25 AM 5951 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently found a pattern for a layered fretwork butterfly, I really enjoyed the project and decided to cut apart another pattern to make a similar project. The layered flower is the result.
I stack cut both projects so I have two of each, that I mounted in different directions to make mirror images. They are cut from 1/8” baltic birch plywood.
Any comments or questions are welcome.

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#1 posted 03-09-2011 05:55 AM

I can’t wait to see the end result MrsN cool idea

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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#2 posted 03-09-2011 06:00 AM

Can’t say when I’ll have time to do any more portait style cuttings, but when I do, I hope you don’t mind that this idea just got stolen. I want to try this.


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#3 posted 03-09-2011 06:03 AM

William, go ahead and steel the idea, but let me know how it turns out if you think of it.
It is a fun way to do a portrait type pattern. I am not sure I got the proportions of the layers right on the flower one, sometimes I look at it and think it should have been sized a little differently. But I am hoping it is the kind of thing only I notice.

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#4 posted 03-09-2011 06:07 AM

That’s usually the case. I have little things on just about every project I do that will just drive me crazy because, to me, it’ll be wrong. My wife will just look at me like I’m crazy though and tell me that I’m the only one who notices these things.
I think the flower looks nice.


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#5 posted 03-09-2011 12:34 PM

These are both really awesome! My head is spinning with so many ideas how this could be used. I think you did a wonderful job on the flower. It looks very artistic!

I may also wind up making some things on this line, if that is OK with you? It really has sparked a flame inside. :)

Thanks so much for sharing it. You do beautiful work!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 03-09-2011 02:19 PM

That is great looking. Nice work there.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#7 posted 03-09-2011 03:04 PM

They is so cool, thanks for sharing!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#8 posted 03-09-2011 04:18 PM

WOW! I’ve never seen this technique before. This is really cool!! I am going to try something like this. Thanks for posting it.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#9 posted 03-09-2011 04:41 PM

Really interesting and intriguing work here!

I really like how the extra dimensions/layers adds a completely different feel and more interest to the piece.

Great idea and something to keep in mind.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#10 posted 03-10-2011 07:22 PM

That is really neat and you did a great job with the execution. I’ve never seen that technique before. How do you lay out the pattern and cut the sections ahead? Are there some general guidelines that would make this work with any pattern?

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#11 posted 03-10-2011 08:41 PM

Thanks for the complements everybody!

Vicky- to make the flower I just guessed where I wanted to make the cut. I used Photoshop to make the different cuts, but a scissor would work just as well. You do want to watch out overly detailed/small bits near an edge. I took some creative liberty with some of the edge pieces, but they would only be noticed if you looked at the actual pattern. Some pieces can become more delicate with the new size (less wood to stabilize it or something) so be careful. Good Luck, make sure to show off your results if you try one.


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#12 posted 03-11-2011 05:11 AM

Thanks for the come back. I’m going to file it on my hard drive. If I do one, I’ll defininitely post it.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#13 posted 08-14-2011 11:19 PM

This is incredible!

I wish I could be able to put together this kind of layout as good as you!

Keep up the great work!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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