Walnut-Framed Lithopane

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Project by KnotCurser posted 07-14-2012 05:30 PM 2105 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was created as part of a wedding gift to two of our best friends who were married last week.

The lithopane started life as a cutting board. I put it through my planer to thin it down (what a MESS) and then used my CNC Machine to create the carving you see in the pictures.

It looks like garbage until you hold it up to a light source and then WOW! The 3D effect and detail is really stunning!

I also created a simple frame made from walnut to give it that proper finish.

They have yet to open their gifts as they are still on their honeymoon – I expect a comment or two either today or tomorrow though. ;-)

The Litho measures around 5×7 with a one inch diameter frame.

NOTE: If you want to see a video of another Lithopane I just completed, go to this link. It contains no wood, so I’m not posting it as a project – rules are rules. :-)



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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 07-14-2012 05:34 PM

It is really cool. Are they meant to hang in a window? Or do you need light behind them?


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

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#2 posted 07-14-2012 05:37 PM

You can hang it in front of a window for sure, but any light from behind will work.

I am not sure how they will display this one though – haven’t quite thought it through I guess…........

So, the ORIGINAL lithopanes were quite “interesting”. They were carved into the bottom of tea cups in the 1800’s with figures of “provocative” women so the gentlemen had something to peek at while drinking tea with their ladies. Honest! :-)

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

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Pete Jansen

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#3 posted 07-14-2012 07:26 PM

Nice job on the lithophanes. I just got done with one of my boss and his wife. It was a big hit.
It really amazes people when they touch one and look closely. No job with it. Did you use
PhotoVcarve to do it?

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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#4 posted 07-14-2012 09:55 PM


I HAVE PhotoVcarve as well as Vcarve Pro, but the CNC also came with software called i-Picture that worked really well, if not a tad slow. It was made for the Machine and includes all the bits that come with it so it was super easy to do this job. BTW, you can download i-Picture for free and use it on any Machine that uses standard DXF code.

Drop me a private line and I’ll send you the link.

Normally, I do use the Vectric Software to do my work.



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

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#5 posted 07-15-2012 12:55 AM

You’re having fun with that new ‘Toy’ aren’t you. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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