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Project by Bernie posted 10-27-2011 09:43 PM 1910 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son asked me if I could make him a window seat so they could put their boots in it and also have it so their 2 short dogs could jump up on it and look out the window. Since he and his wife blessed us with a new grand daughter, I wanted to make this project special. Ah the luxury of being retired.

My wood working has evolved over the years from making pine box furniture to this. Its’ made of oak and the dog is a scroll saw project made from 71 pieces off wood ranging from ash, cherry and walnut. Its’ an art form called intarsia and I believe it dates back to the middle ages. It came out of Italy. I got the pattern out of Scroll Saw magazine. It was my 1st attempt at intarsia. Although I’m quite happy with it, the folks on Scroll Saw forum have given me pointers to do better next time. Like LJ’s they’re great folks!

The hardest part of this project was getting the box frame on top of the seat to come together with compound angles. I ended up with a tiny gap, but since they have a pillow on top, nobody sees my mistake. I can live with the outcome.

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#1 posted 10-27-2011 10:29 PM

That’s great. Really nice job on the pup and boot.

I saw it and wondered who would be sitting in it the most looking out. I know in our house, the window seat belongs to the dog too.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#2 posted 10-28-2011 12:48 AM

Wow Bernie, this is great! I’ve been scrolling for a couple of years and have never tried to do any intarsia. The window seat is stunning! Heck, if I had 1/10 of your talent, I’d have 100% more than what I have right now. Simply beautiful…

-- Dan

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#3 posted 10-28-2011 07:34 AM

Nice job Bernie. Aren’t those compound angle joints fun. The only thing I see wrong is the shoe should have some chewing on it by the dog :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 10-28-2011 08:06 AM

Nice touch with the intarsia as well.

-- Theresa,

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#5 posted 10-28-2011 06:06 PM

I love it, I have a Chlt Lab and would love to make an Intarsia project sometime. I bought a Scroll Saw a while back just for that purpose. Nice work on this and congrats on the new Grand Baby!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 10-30-2011 04:09 AM

Thanks for the compliments. It was my 1st attempt at intarsia and came out looking good. But like I said in my post, the folks at the Scroll Saw forum gave me good advice I would like to pass on. The scroll Saw forum is another great site I belong too and I asked them to be bold and tell me where I could improve on my intarsia attempt. Most folks are reluctant to give “constructive” criticism, but they came through for me. They advised me to put a more pronounced profile on my individual pieces in order to give it more depth and life. I accept this advise and may try intarsia again when life slows down for me.

Again, thanks for the comments! The original project in the magazine was way to large for the space I had, so I copied the picture of the final project, provided by the magazine and photo copied it. I then traced the edges of the picture onto some paper using the old fashioned carbon paper and voila!

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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