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Project by james3one posted 11-02-2012 03:21 PM 1722 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pedestal for a large piece of art, statue etc. It’s 30” across, made out of several layers of 8/4 poplar.

The first layer of color was a black dye that was sanded back, leaving lots of character in the grain and surface variations. Then another layer of two shades of brown to arrive a the final color.

The finish is a coat of Tried and True oil/varnish, hand rubbed in. Then two more coats of arm r seal, last of which was a wet sanding. Wax to finish.

This was a commission piece. The design was simple but actually building it has turned out to be exceedingly complex and time consuming. I did, however, learn a lot in the process.

-- James, Tulsa OK,

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#1 posted 11-02-2012 04:15 PM

Man oh man, although the design is simple but it is still “high-minded” work!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#2 posted 11-02-2012 06:23 PM

Making true consistent octagons is not as easy as it looks. Nice job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 11-03-2012 04:41 AM

I can just imagine how complex making something that can be. Since I am no carpenter, just a carver, I’d just have to put my stuff in the piano! Really nice, James!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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