Two cute owls

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Project by Cygnwulf posted 12-27-2012 01:14 AM 1199 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first marquetry project, finished and gifted. I think it came out okay, there’s a few things I would do differently, like be careful and make sure I’m gluing the right side down, and not the side that has all the pencil marks on it…..

I also need to invest in a bandclamp instead of the 90 degree clamp I tried to use to keep everything square.

Maple background with I’m not sure what else for all the other bits, it was in an unlabeled assorted lot. I wish I knew what the burl the bellies were made out of was, I have more of it I want to use. The frame is Western Red Cedar, and the substrate is 1/4 plywood. Finish is about 6 mornings worth of hand rubbed shellac.

Edit – Added what I hope was a much better picture.

-- Stephen H -- If it ain't broke, it probalby still needs fixing....

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#1 posted 12-27-2012 01:19 AM

They are cute owls, very well done for a first marquetry. Knife cut of saw cut ?

-- Tom D

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#2 posted 12-27-2012 01:33 AM

Great first project. What method did you use? It looks to me like you might have the natural talent for marquetry. Look forward to more projects.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#3 posted 12-27-2012 01:35 AM

They are double cute.

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#4 posted 12-27-2012 01:49 AM

Why thank you very much! Tom, John, and James!
I used an exacto knife. I experimented with traditional blades and their new Z-Series ‘super sharp’ ones that are supposed to last longer, but I couldn’t tell that the edge lasted much longer than the normal #11 blades. I think I may have got one or two more cuts before it went against the stone. I’m going to save the rest for papercraft applications and stay with the cheapies for this though.
I believe there will be more, I’ve loads of the lot I bought off ebay to practice with. I just wish I had an identification key.

-- Stephen H -- If it ain't broke, it probalby still needs fixing....

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#5 posted 12-27-2012 02:11 AM

What a cool project! It turned out very well.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 12-27-2012 02:25 AM

So Cute! Really nice work!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#7 posted 12-27-2012 02:28 AM

Awesome owls – I love the nouveauish, cartoony design. Lighthearted and refreshing

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#8 posted 12-27-2012 05:28 AM

Welcome to the LJ’s marquetry club…. very exclusive… ;-)

Great first effort but beware , it can be quite habit forming.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#9 posted 12-27-2012 11:59 AM

Thanks Paul. It could be worse, I could be in to hand tools too. Oh…. Wait…..

-- Stephen H -- If it ain't broke, it probalby still needs fixing....

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#10 posted 12-27-2012 06:59 PM

Very cute. Good job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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