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The Best Free Elephant Intarsia Project

Steve Bundred - Thursday, March 14, 2013

I get to see lots of customer's intarsia projects. Of varying quality!

So it's a real pleasure when Ray took one of my free designs and improved it by adding a simple frame and contrasting timber colours.

That used timber frame looks stunning.I especially like the inclusion of the old bolt holes, although I'm not sure if I would have spaced them symmetrically on either side. But that's just being picky.

There are a couple of things that I'd change though.  Read More......

Halloween Intarsia Woodworking Project - Perpetual Sailing Trophy

Steve Bundred - Friday, November 02, 2012

Halloween intarsia woodworking projectI recently made some sailing trophies for a sailing club in Florida. They also want a perpetual sailing trophy for an upcoming regatta they call the Halloween Howler. Could I design something based on their regatta logo?

This is what I came up with. Read More......

Talking Timber Chooks and Dangerous Wooden Snakes Intarsia and Paint Project

Steve Bundred - Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Talking Intarsia ChickenI've never been a fan of mixing natural timber intarsia and paint. I always though the paint distracted from the natural timber colours. Best avoided.

Until now. Pat recently sent me his version of my Backyard Contemplation project.

Pat wrote, "I thought I would send you my version of the old man on the dunny. Stuck a bit of art and humour in there. The grandkids like it.!!!!"  Read More......

Elvis Rules Intarsia Woodworking

Steve Bundred - Monday, October 29, 2012

Elvis Presley Intarsia Woodworking PatternDanny from Ohio has just sent me some photos of his work including his version of Elvis.

Having done my own Elvis intarsia pattern it was a delight to see his take on this rock-n-roll icon.

Just look at those side burns!

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Customer has a Great New Woodworking Idea

Steve Bundred - Thursday, July 07, 2011

Anchor Sailing TrophyJulie-Anne runs a local business making cakes for special occasions. It seems to be quite successful and keeping her busy.

A recent request was for a 80th birthday cake for a sailor. She had tried to make an anchor from icing sugar but it kept collapsing. So she contacted me for a wooden one.

This gave me an idea. Read More......

Spotty Fish makes me Money

Steve Bundred - Thursday, July 07, 2011

I've always liked this spotty fish pattern even if it hasn't been a great seller.
Spotty Fish Intarsia Marine Park Trophy Award
But, when recently, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority approached me for a trophy to give to the local school that had done the most to protect our reef I decided to resurrect this design. Read More......

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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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......