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Project by woodworker59 posted 05-26-2013 02:46 PM 1952 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey, hope everyone is doing well this morning, my very best to you all. thought I would give another try at the carving thing, my Hummingbird came out fairly well,
so thought I would try something else. Anyone of you who had kids or grandkids will recognize
Scud here as the dog who lived next door with the evil kid who blew up toys.. Sid was his name and Scud was his dog.. so here he is in all his glory…. SCUD…. made from a solid 2 1/2” block of cherry. I will say that the Hondo Mahogany carved much easier than this cherry, but you can get a sharper line or edge with the cherry. If I had to carve a lot of something, would much prefer the mahogany. I used Cocobolo for the nose and eyes, and gave him a quick coat or two of Danish Oil. He was made mostly with knives, some chisels, and two gouges. Also many rasps, files and much sand paper..lots and lots of sanding… then I sanded some more.. hahaha.. Is sanding not the bane of woodworking… I love just about everything there is about woodworking except the sanding.. If I have one major flaw in my work, its that I run out of steam in the sanding department before the piece is truly done.. I have to force myself to go back and do more sanding..Its not that I don’t think it needs it, it just that I don’t want to do it.. Just getting lazy in my advanced years I guess.. well enjoy Scud… I did,,,, best to all ><>> Papa

-- Papa...

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#1 posted 05-26-2013 03:17 PM

Well done !

-- irtamos, Belgium

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#2 posted 05-26-2013 04:02 PM

He’s pretty cute. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 05-26-2013 04:03 PM

Cute! I like the pose because it suggest action. You can almost see that dog move towards sniffing something. It forces anticipation, the mark of good art.
Papa, you can bypass a LOT of sanding if not eliminate it entirely with good scrapers. I’ve come to appreciate them more and more, especially in places where you can’t even reach with sand paper. The key is sharpness, and a variety of shapes to match your carving gouges. Flat work can be scraped so much faster than sanding to the same quality finish. Sometimes a touch up sanding with fine paper is required, but if a seal coat is applied, then scraped, you may be able to eliminate that sanding too. I use a razor sharp scraper on all but the last coat of finish. You wouldn’t believe the smooth finishes you can get.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL All my life I've wanted to be someone. I see now I should have been more specific.

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#4 posted 05-26-2013 04:45 PM

I think you have the carving thing down pat! Another fine piece here. I had to chuckle a little bit over your issues with sanding. I make my carvings by sanding the wood, as knives and chisels and carving blades & mallets/hammers tend to make me leak a pretty red substance all too often. Sanding for me is therapy sometimes —at least when it comes to my carvings. Other projects like tables, birdhouses, etc. do drag on for ages it seems. Sanding stuff like that can get kinda boring.

“You can never have enough clamps. Or sandpaper.”

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#5 posted 05-26-2013 04:52 PM

well papa you almost scared the scud out of me with this big ferocious dog…he is even in the finding my sent mode, a true relative of the blood hound..just give him some bigger ears…lol…....this is a wonderful carving, i want to try my hand at some carving….i think i want to try a project i saw a few days ago..but your cute little doggie is pure inspiration…oh and by the way, i must be really sick, cuz i really love the sanding, by hand is most enjoyable…to me its bringing your project to its final stage, where this step will really make your wood work shine…..grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 05-26-2013 04:57 PM

Thanks to all, he was fun and filled up a few hours to boot..
Dan, I like the scrapers also, but use them for larger items. this thing is so small, would take me longer to figure out how to get the scraper on him.. thanks for the idea though, will have to try…. first thing I need to do if I am going to continue on this line. Is to build a nice elevated carvers vise. Neither my leg vise or my tail vise would hold him properly to work on once he was starting to take shape.. Not sure how many of these things I will make, if its like most things, will have to make a dozen of them before I get around to making the vise.. haha..
Von, I will gladly put all my little stuff in a box and let you sand them for me… I could consider it enabling your therapy…...Ha ha the doctor is in, that will be 5 cents.. I completely understand though, with me its the guitar, I play and write my own music.. can lose big chunks of time with a guitar in your hand…
Thanks again all.. all my best to you and yours…
Grizz, just caught your post.. thanks for the kind words,,, I do most of my work with a really sharp 3/8” chisel,
it just seems to work for me.. I do have a few. ( like 6) carving tools, but use them very sparingly.. It was really fun to do, and the grandkids loved to keep tabs on the progress.. I can fill a box for you when I send out the one to Von if your interested… that will be another 5 cents.. man I can see why Lucy had her place I am raking in the money now.. haha ........ Papa

-- Papa...

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Melvin Gaynor

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#7 posted 05-26-2013 06:45 PM

Great job! I think it looks great. Im sure it took some time but looks like fun.

-- Melvin Gaynor

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#8 posted 05-26-2013 06:46 PM

Well done Papa.
Boy, I really could never do that. I can do a lot of things, but carving or drawing is not one of them.

That is really fine. And brings a smile too.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 05-26-2013 07:15 PM

My next dog is gonna be named SCUD!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#10 posted 05-26-2013 07:16 PM

What can I say, I like Scud. You did a great job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 05-26-2013 07:40 PM

Again, thanks to all.. it was a fun piece.. my grandkids love it, and thats worth more than money.. Papa

-- Papa...

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#12 posted 05-26-2013 08:11 PM

HAH! I like him :)

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