Mr. Racoon (I looked)

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Project by luv2learn posted 03-08-2013 12:17 AM 2075 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple months ago I bought two Intarsia books by Kathy Wise. This pattern was in her “Woodworking For Beginners” book. My wife fell in love with him. So, even though it wasn’t the first project in the book I had to try making him. He is about 19” tall and 14” wide. His body is walnut with cottonwood accents for the muzzle, eye brows, tail rings and ears. The tree limb is hickory and the leaves are yellow heart and blood wood. I applied black walnut stain over the walnut to get the darker look around the eyes, feet, and tail. The eyes and nose were painted black. I am not really sure what species of pine, or perhaps fir, I used for the background. The finish is three coats of satin lacquer.

This is my forth piece of Intarsia. It really is a fun art form and I have learned a lot from the more experienced LJs. Thanks guys!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#1 posted 03-08-2013 12:24 AM

Looks darn good to me—you’re a man of many talents and excel at all. Thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 03-08-2013 12:30 AM

Very nice job on this Lee! Your choice in wood colors are really nice. And the light background wood makes Mr. Raccoon look like he’s going to jump right out at you. Great work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 03-08-2013 01:22 AM


You keep making it harder for you next TIME!! We are coming to expect the GREAT JOBS!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 03-08-2013 02:09 AM

Great job. Like the detail. I noticed the pads on the feet.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#5 posted 03-08-2013 02:25 AM

Wow, nice work Lee !
Your wife has good taste; that pattern is great !

I think you are already past the “beginners” book ! lol

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#6 posted 03-08-2013 02:28 AM

Very Cute!! Nice One!!

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

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#7 posted 03-08-2013 02:30 AM

Gosh fire bud, is there anything ya aint good at???? That is fantastic scroll work and shaping sir. I work with a guy who does those intarsia pieces and from his discriptons of all the details it takes to cut and shape al those little pieces….I know I dont have the patience for it…lol My hats off to you sir….Good work

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#8 posted 03-08-2013 02:59 AM

You’d better make some more, Lee. That’s sell real well in craft shows! Good job!

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

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#9 posted 03-08-2013 03:09 AM

Very cute I like the way it jumps off the display at you.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#10 posted 03-08-2013 03:32 AM

Thank you all for your kind words it really means a lot. I think one of the greatest aspects of LJs is the support and encouragement we get from one another, and some very cool ideas :). To bad we live all over the globe we could throw the world’s largest craft show :).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#11 posted 03-08-2013 11:14 AM

Very nice job of the intarsia. The racoon looks great.

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#12 posted 03-08-2013 01:11 PM

looks great, very well done

-- Quality is easy to see - but hard to explain

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#13 posted 03-08-2013 04:05 PM

Came out great. You got the nice cuddly effect.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#14 posted 03-08-2013 04:16 PM

Your Raccoon turned out very nice, I like your wood choices.

-- Intarsia92

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#15 posted 03-08-2013 10:51 PM

great project. Its really cute.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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