Seahorse Sculpture, revisited

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Project by SawTooth1953 posted 08-15-2011 06:10 AM 4457 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several years ago I made a seahorse for my daughter using the same pattern… this time I took the details several steps further and I shaped the base to resemble sand at the bottom of the ocean. The seahorse was made by cutting a hardboard template, which was used to trace the pattern onto 4 pieces of 3/4” plywood. These 4 were cut out using a scroll saw and then glued together to make the seahorse blank. I used various power grinders and drum sanders and flap sanders to shape the seahorse. It was finished w/ several coats of spray lacquer, hand sanding in between coats, and the last 2 coats were glossy. The last pic shows an eye carved on 3 levels (unfinished). At the Scroll Saw Trade Show in WI, this project got a 3rd place ribbon in the “Open, Complex” category… a judge told me they loved it, but downgraded it because they couldn’t tell how much was cut on scroll saw and how much on the band saw… if they only would have asked me!

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#1 posted 08-15-2011 12:32 PM

Very nice, Looks great!

-- Guy,PEI

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#2 posted 08-15-2011 01:26 PM

Very nice.

-- Mel,

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#3 posted 08-15-2011 04:53 PM

That’s really nice! Such a Beautiful grain pattern. Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 08-15-2011 07:23 PM

Really nice display of beautiful grain , very nicely done.

-- Not my woodworking

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#5 posted 08-15-2011 10:52 PM

It’s a shame they downgraded it. You really made that plywood look great.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#6 posted 08-17-2011 01:59 AM

Truly a piece of art. Great job!

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#7 posted 08-17-2011 07:29 AM

Thank you for your kind words…

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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