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    Custom Intarsia Box-A work in Progress

    Hi Everyone
    Here is a sneak peek of my newest Intarsia box that I'm working on.. My client is a civil war buff and wanted to incorporate the flags into the top of the lid. Still have a ways to go but should be very striking when complete.
    The Box is made from Peruvian Walnut with a Holly accent and measures 13" x 9" x 5"
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    I drew the pattern for the intarsia using a couple of photos sent to me by the client.
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    So here is a little progress on the inlay work.
    I used tiger maple for the background wood, bloodwood for the oval border, bluish walnut sap for the sword blades and mahogany and brownheart for the sword handles.
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    Gaining on it-stars are tough
    Newest woods -Holly,Lacewood, Blue Mahoe, Yellowheart.
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    Almost There
    Got the rest of the stars cut and inlayed.
    90 pieces so far with about 10 or so pieces to go
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    how did you cut the recesses for the stars mike? you sure do intricate cutting and your skills are amazing..
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    How do you cut any of those pieces. tool-wise? You do beautiful work, never get tired of viewing your posts. Thanks for wetting my imagination with a mini progression of the work.
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    Another beautiful piece wonderfully executed.

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    Very impressive. Good colors too.
    It's kind of fun to do the impossible

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    Thanks for the comments guys.
    To Larry - The technique used to cut the recesses for the stars begins by drilling a 1/32" pilot hole( through the pattern which is attached to the wood) in the center of each star to thread the scroll saw blade through. Then I cut to the points of the star from the center until the recess is complete. I use a 3/0 double tooth blade for these cuts as it is not too aggressive. I also wear a set of 2 power jewelers glasses to magnify everything.
    To Paul- I am using an older model Craftsman variable speed scroll saw for all the cutting. For most of the cutting I use a 3/0 skip tooth blade but for certain cuts I use the 3/0 double tooth blade which gives me more control.
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    You are defiantly the master of intarsia
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    That is awesome work Mike . I have always admired your work on the various sites you have posted it .

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