Phoenix and Dragon

by Lambdafarm on July 30, 2011

This is made from 1/8th inch thick redwood.  The wood was an off cut and I bought it from the sale table at Wood World in Dallas.  It was so fragile that I had to turn the saw blade speed all the way down and go very slow so it didn’t shatter.  The posts are brass rods, and the base is poplar.  I treated the whole thing with boiled linseed oil, and it really brought out the beauty of the redwood.  The pattern, by Wayne and Jacob Fowler,  appeared on page 36 of the September, 2009 issue of  Creative Woodworking and Crafts.

 

Phoenix and Dragon 1/8th inch redwood cut by Stephanie Smith

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Sandy from Palletizing Robots August 3, 2011 at 10:50 pm

This is amazing – what type of saw did you use, if you don’t mind me asking? Beautiful work.

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Stephanie Suesan Smith August 4, 2011 at 11:54 am

I use an Excalibur 21 from Seyco.com. I had to tun the blade speed all the way down to keep from vibrating the wood to pieces as it cut.

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Robert Jones August 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm

What a beautiful piece of work. I used to do a lot of scroll sawing. I was using lacquer finish from my HVLP sprayer and got a lot of buildup in the spray area. I took the supports outside to clean them and got a flame to close to the stack. Boy will lacquer burn :-) After that my wife REALLY OBJECTED to me using lacquer in the basement.
I never considered using an oil finish because I thought it would plug up the small cuts and look bad. Didn’t you have that problem with this piece? How did you keep the small cuts from filling with lacquer?
Your help would be greatly appreciated. Maybe I’ll be able to start scroll sawing again.
Thanks A Lot
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Stephanie Suesan Smith August 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I don’t use lacquer. I used boiled linseed oil on this piece. When it had absorbed the oil, I very, very carefully rubbed it out. Then I blessed it and sent it to its new home. I lay the rag flat outside in the sun until all the fumes have evaporated because of the risk of spontaneous combustion. Here is my post on finishing techniques for delicate fretwork.

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Robert Jones August 10, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Thank you very much for the information. I have a large dragon wall plaque that I can’t wait to try it on.
I’m looking forward to one of your articles on finishing scroll saw work (as well as other woodworking projects) and have signed up for your newsletter. I’m really looking forward to it.
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Stephanie Suesan Smith August 11, 2011 at 10:44 am

Thank you. Glad to help.

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Kayla from Sofa Los Angeles August 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Gorgeous – did you treat the wood at all or is that beautiful red color the natural state of the bark?

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Lambdafarm August 16, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I put boiled llnseed oil on it.

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Renee Pawlish August 19, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Wow, you do GREAT work! I do a little bit of wordworking, but nothing on that leve. Am going to tell some friends to check out your blog!

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Lambdafarm August 20, 2011 at 10:32 am

Thank you. I enjoy it.

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