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    Long Distance Commission

    Hi Everyone
    Many of you will remember a project I posted a while back. This was a keepsake box made with an Intarsia of the different Confederate flags on the lid.
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    What I failed to mention was the client that ordered this box lives in Switzerland.
    He received the box, loved it and immediately started sending me photos and ideas for the next project. He sent several photos of different bookshelves and the plan was to incorporate a custom intarsia on the sides of the bookshelf.
    After some discussion we concluded that the unit would have to be able to break down for shipping purposes and he would have to do the final assembly.
    So here is the photo of the bookshelf that he wants to recreate-- Old English style( early 1900's)
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    And this is the Photo of the subject for the Intarsia. This will be done as a mirror image on each side of the uprights.
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    We chose cherry for the wood and gave it the dimensions of 40" tall x 40" wide x 10" deep. he wanted to add some accent striping on the sides using a nice contrasting wood.
    After re-drawing the original photo to include the areas for the Intarsia, This is what the bookshelf will look like.
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    To be continued
    Mike
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    Making good progress on this project.
    All of the cherry components have been cut and dry assembled. Still have to do the edge routing, final sanding and finishing on the cherry.
    I used a template and pattern bit to do the routing for the Intarsia recesses. Because I have to make it easy for the client to re-assemble the shelf, I installed alignment dowels in the ends of the shelf pieces and bottom feet. I'm using square drive screws to hold it all together. Got the pattern drawn for the Intarsia
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    Stay tuned-more to come
    Mike
    "why buy it if you can build it"
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    cool!
    benedictione omnes bene

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    check out my etsy store, buroviejowoodworking

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    You did all that this A.M.??! At least a weeks worth of work for me right there! Please keep posting your progress. At this rate it will be shipped this evening!
    "We the People ......"

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    To Paul
    I actually started the WW last Friday but I am moving right along with it. The Intarsia will be a little slower to get done. Not something I like to hurry through.
    Mike
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    well mike, its refreshing to see the clutter and the dust and chips on your floor yet out the door comes wonderful artistic work.. you can smell the saw dust
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    well mike, its refreshing to see the clutter and the dust and chips on your floor yet out the door comes wonderful artistic work.. you can smell the saw dust
    Yeah, the clutter and dust looks a lot like my shop, but what comes out of my shop isn't nearly as nice as what comes out of Mike's!
    Jim D.
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    Hi Larry--Yeah, well, guess I won't get any awards for having the cleanest shop but since I fired the maid a couple of years ago I only clean up when I can't find something.
    I know where everything is-- it's in the shop- now where did I put that @&*%!$ hammer
    Mike
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    Well I had to go back and look at the pictures again. Didn't notice the mess before. Now I see why I'm not an artist woodworker, I try to keep my shop reasonably clean! It is so small I have to.
    "We the People ......"

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    Your intarsia seems to be a great way to make a lot of people happy. You get to make a decent income and they get to have beautiful reminders of favorite people and/or events.

    I enjoy your threads, however I am not starting intarsia---if I did they would put me in jailia for impersonating an artist.

    Enjoy,
    JimB
    First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.
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