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July 28, 2008

It’s been a while since I did any woodworking. Yesterday, however, I took a break from gardening and joined Rick in the shop. (He’s working on a new birdhouse).

I had a pattern for intarsia… I’ve been thinking about it for some time but have never given it a try (except for my little LumberJocks’ sign I made for my picnic last year.
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I also had some pieces of wood that I had picked up at a store last year (poplar and hmm padauk maybe?)... so pattern, wood, time…. it seemed to be all coming together!

The wood is 1” thick. I’ve struggled with thick wood before, with the scroll saw and this was no exception. I tried several different blades. No luck. I tried slowing down and speeding up. No luck. And so off to the bandsaw I went and I just nibbled away at the wood until I got the pieces cut out the best I could.

I sanded the edges and tried to get them to fit together as close as possible.
Today I glued it and put some finish on them to make the pieces shine.

Overall, it’s not bad. I don’t usually do “non-functional” pieces so I don’t know where I’ll toss this but it’s still “my first attempt” so it will go somewhere visible.

Constructive Criticism and Tips appreciated! Thanks.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 07-28-2008 06:42 PM

Hi Miss Debbie;

Good to hear from you.

Nice job on the project.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 07-28-2008 06:56 PM

I like it, nice job with the choices of woods.

I was in Phoenix about three years ago. And the place where we stayed had this 4 foot wide, 3 foot tall intarsia of a horse, done in mesquite. OMG it was fantastik. This project you posted reminded me of that.


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#3 posted 07-28-2008 07:05 PM

Very nice work Ms Debbie

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#4 posted 07-28-2008 07:16 PM

“Overall, it’s not bad” she says as she whips out a quick little flower. For not bad it looks really good. I’d never heard the word intarsia before coming here and I’m glad I learned it. This is nice stuff. Nice of you to drop in and let us see a little of what you’re up to.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#5 posted 07-28-2008 07:25 PM

I think it looks great, Debbie.

Maybe it will fit on the birdhouse Rick is making? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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dennis mitchell

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#6 posted 07-28-2008 07:29 PM

Very nice!

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#7 posted 07-28-2008 07:29 PM

very nice wall piece. the red really pops in the fower.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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Douglas Bordner

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#8 posted 07-28-2008 08:00 PM

I like it. Remind me…do you have a spindle sander, or did you do all you shaping free-hand?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#9 posted 07-28-2008 08:57 PM

Very nice work Ms Debbie

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#10 posted 07-28-2008 10:31 PM

why thanks everyone.. gee!!

Douglas: Yes, I have the Ridgid sander with the spindle option.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 07-29-2008 01:40 AM

Way to go Deb. Keep showing those lunkheads what you’re made of. A thousand hugs.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 07-29-2008 01:41 AM

Very nice Debbie! It great to see you back at work in the shop.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#13 posted 07-29-2008 03:46 AM

Very nice Debbie, now you are ready to give judy Gale advise:) serously you might visit her web even if you don’t feel quite ready to tackle some of her advanced stuff.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#14 posted 07-29-2008 03:51 AM

Very Nice MsDebbie. I believe you are correct, that is Padauk….

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#15 posted 07-29-2008 04:42 AM

Debbie. A great job for just getting back in the shop. The flower needs to be put in a frame and made to shine.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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