Intarsia Clydsdale

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Project by bfairok posted 03-29-2014 01:38 AM 1571 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This has been the largest and hardest Intarsia project I have ever tackled. With over 180+ pieces! I felt maybe I should pass this one by. But with the encouragement from my wife and many hours later, I finally completed it. Only when I finally coated it with both brush on and spray Polyurethane did it finally come together. Measuring 19”x20” it now is displayed in my bedroom along with many of my other Intarsia’s I’ve created throughout the years. Not to bad for a self taught woodworker. Lost count of the hours it took, but I would estimate 4 weeks at 6 to 7 hours most everyday. Yes, I’m still Married..

-- Bfair

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#1 posted 03-29-2014 03:44 AM

Outstanding, I have seen many of these done but this is the most impressive one I seen. ( maybe it’s because I like anything with horses ). By the way do you follow a pattern or how do you do it. I would love to try but don’t know how to get started?

-- I have to remember this is a hobby..

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#2 posted 03-29-2014 04:35 AM

Very Nice and Well done! Thanks for Posting.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#3 posted 03-29-2014 02:49 PM

Very nice. Very tastefully done.

-- Jeff NJ

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#4 posted 03-29-2014 03:42 PM

You did an awesome job shaping the pieces for your Intarsia. It turned out great.

-- Intarsia92

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#5 posted 03-29-2014 09:21 PM

Nicely done!

-- RETIRED...nuff said!

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#6 posted 03-30-2014 07:04 PM

I’m working on my first fully intarsia project now, with only 40 pieces. You have about 40 pieces just in the HEAD of the larger Clydesdale! I don’t know if your completed project gives me hope or makes me want to throw my frustrating pile o’ pieces out the window!! Such nice lines!! What kinds of wood did you use?

-- There's no such thing as a mistake; only a quick change of plans.

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#7 posted 03-30-2014 07:35 PM

Never give up. 2/3 of all my Intarsia had smaller numbers of pieces. I used mahogany , oak, bass wood, popular, and a few others that were laying around the workshop. The only difference between mine and yours is a few more pieces and quite a bit more time. Always a labor of love. Keep it up and enjoy your creation when it’s completed.

-- Bfair

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#8 posted 03-30-2014 07:59 PM

For Jeffups:
Sorry for not noticing my response to you must have went elsewhere in the Lumberjocks blogs. Yes, I did use a plan that was in a recent Scrollsaw Magazine. Made a couple of copies at Postal Annex. One to place on my layup board and the other to use on my home printer and print many copies of the sections I will need later when cutting out the pieces. Always use a larger layup board to place all the cut outs on to keep track of where you are. I’ve been covering my first copy with a clear Matt shelf paper purchased at Home Depot. Have a little run over to hold it to the board. Now later on in the glue up process, if a little drips on it you can wipe it off. Always use this shelf paper on all your pieces that you cut out. This way you can remove them and reposition if required. If I was you go to YouTube and search for all the instruction given by many professionals on this profession. I have learned sooo much from them. Good luck and thanks for the comment.

-- Bfair

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#9 posted 03-30-2014 08:01 PM

Thanks to all of you for your comments. Very motivating to hear it from so many quality woodworkers.

-- Bfair

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#10 posted 03-31-2014 07:15 AM

Very nice job I’ve had this pattern for a while it’s on my to do list

-- robert dignam

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#11 posted 04-01-2014 06:36 AM

Beautiful work. The motive is great and realistic.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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