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Project by Sanding2day posted 11-11-2013 09:46 PM 1269 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A couple of months ago I received the fantastic gift of some carving tools from a friend of my mother and this is a gift which which will be sent to her for her birthday. I knew that I wanted to make something using the tools which she provided and given she is a very religious woman while watching the Stigmata and hearing the repeating Gospel of Thomas phrase “Split a piece of wood, and I am there” this project became the answer.

I had originally intended to carve a solid piece and place it within a carved “devotional bowl” but as it took shape I decided it best to make the piece more displayable hence the 8” by 14” plaque made from Honduran Mahogany, Purpleheart, and Yellowheart, finished with 3 coats of poly.

Start of project, still need to determine what to now do with hollowed piece of Cherry…

Was going to have the sun rays but didn’t care for way they were looking on the solid piece so I scrolled out the cross and went to work on the plaque

Used Word to attain the desired font and size for the lettering and cut the Purpleheart/Yellowheart to the approximate dimensions

Wanted the woods to come together and appear as a solid piece raising out of the plaque. Used a backsaw and a bit of chiseling and of course a bit of planing using the plane from the LJ Plane swap :)

They say you can never have enough clamps but in a pinch nylon cord with a truckers hitch and a piece of train rail does the trick…

Subsequent sanding cleaned up the edge better than this picture portrays but does provide a view of the edge profile and the hollowing where the cross was inserted. Note on sanding over carved letters learned after the fact… Do the majority of your sanding before the letters, I had to recarve the letters after bringing the wood down to far.

For those interested this is the reference for the quote which I considered putting on the back of the plaque using pour epoxy along with a keyhole hanger. The keyhole was the only thing which I had to utilize a powertool i.e. router for.

Had a great time with this project and am very pleased with the results… Thanks for looking and comments good bad or otherwise are certainly welcome… Happy Veterans Day…

-- Dan

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#1 posted 11-11-2013 10:41 PM

So beautiful and such a kind gesture. She is going to love it!


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#2 posted 11-11-2013 10:58 PM

Absolutely beautiful work and great inscription—I’m sure your mother’s friend will enjoy and treasure your work. Also, thank you for your military service on this Veteran’s Day.

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

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#3 posted 11-12-2013 03:07 AM

Thank you Shannon, John… It has felt as though it took me far too long to complete this for her but suppose as she doesn’t know its coming I’m right on schedule :)

-- Dan

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#4 posted 11-12-2013 06:19 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#5 posted 11-12-2013 02:27 PM

Thanks Rick… Love the quote :)

-- Dan

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#6 posted 11-12-2013 02:29 PM

That’s a fine carving and she will love it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 11-12-2013 04:37 PM

Thank you Charles… Looking to hold onto for a bit and share it at the upcoming woodworker’s guild meeting this month but will have it sent out in time to reach her on her Bday December 1st…

-- Dan

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#8 posted 11-15-2013 01:08 PM

Very nice Dan! The carving looks great.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#9 posted 11-15-2013 06:54 PM

Thanks Bill… Always pleased when first attempts at something turn out satisfactory… Certainly look forward to future uses of these tools and the improvements possible to technique/speed.

-- Dan

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#10 posted 06-04-2014 03:20 PM

Very cool—the gift; the process; the story behind it.

-- “In strange and uncertain times such as those we are living in [...] may we trust the inexpressible benevolence of the creative impulse.” ~ Robert Fripp

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