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Drum Sanders for Easy Dolphin Sanding

Steve Bundred - Saturday, November 20, 2010

I've just received this question from Ron who's working on the dolphin bookends.
Dolphin Bookends Woodworkng Project
I have just cut out the Dolphin book ends, and can you or any of your colleagues tell me how other than wrapping sandpaper around my finger to try and get the dolphins to look rounded.
Yours Sincerely.

Good question, Ron. This is how I do it.
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A Fishy Video

Steve Bundred - Friday, November 12, 2010

I've just found a great online resource for creating video slideshows. What do you think?

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Sculpture with a Scroll Saw - Is It Possible? Yes It Is.

Steve Bundred - Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sculpture Woodworking Pattern Baby DolphinMarc sent me this photo of his work last year.

I've lost Marc's email, sorry mate, but saved the images because they look so good. Click here to see both the photos Marc sent.

He has taken one of the dolphins from the Dolphin Sculpture Plan and mounted it on its own base using a perspex rod. Too easy and looks wonderful. Read More......

Persian Pyrography

Steve Bundred - Thursday, August 05, 2010

Mother Love Pyrography Woodworking It's not often I get emails from what used to be Persia and is now Iran. Five years I got one from Mastanah Shakibi who was enthusiastic about intarsia and asked me some woodwork questions. Emails have been flowing between Australia and Iran ever since.

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Double Sided Intarsia

Steve Bundred - Friday, July 30, 2010

I often get asked what I use for the backing of my intarsia projects. In my case the answer is plywood. In Ian Christie's case the answer is nothing.

On the left is the front of his intarsia. On the right is the smooth back. Read More......

One Man's Prolific Output

Steve Bundred - Thursday, July 29, 2010

Terry recently sent me a few photos of his work. Well, more than a few really, 60 photos. That's right, sixty.

The quality of some of the photos is not the best (sorry Terry, I've tried to improve them as much as I could) but they will give you a good idea of the range of subjects available for intarsia.

This motor bike is a beauty. I wish I'd designed it. You can see the rest of Terry's images here.
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Lots of New Intarsia Addicts after another Mackay Workshop

Steve Bundred - Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Local intarsia enthusiast Tom Lynn has been busy enthusing the Mackay Woodworkers club about Intarsia.

There were a couple more students as well and they all made Lazy Koalas. Read More......

Beginners First Kookaburra

Steve Bundred - Monday, March 08, 2010

Gloria sent me this image of her first attempt at the Kookaburra design. (Click the thumbnail to see a larger image.)

I am worried about the one eyed teddy bear. But he did donate his eye to a good cause.

She attended a workshop up the coast at Mackay in Queensland. Good attempt Gloria.  Read More......

Sourcing Different Coloured Timbers

Steve Bundred - Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Red Cedar Timber SampleA few days ago Maz from Australia asked, "Can you tell me where I can buy the wood here in Australia to make these great projects?
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How Much Can I Sell My Finished Woodwork for?

Steve Bundred - Tuesday, December 01, 2009

This is the question I get asked all the time. So I know that at least some of you out there are considering trying to sell your work.  Read More......