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Rocking chair commission.

Discussion in 'Carving Forum: Hand, Power, & Chainsaw Carving' started by scrimman, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. scrimman

    scrimman Termite extrodinare Full Member Thread Starter

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    'Lo y'all
    Two years ago, one of the organizers of the annual 'Todos Locos' fishing tournament asked me to carve a logo onto a Mesquite rocking chair. So, I came up with a logo and did it. Last weekend he pulled up with yet another Mesquite rocker in the back of his truck and a gleam in his eye.
    Ok, so here goes:
    Here is the chair he gave me to work on; he actually had 3, and this was the one I thought was best suited for the job at hand. Turned out that decision was going to cost me later, but more on that later.....
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    Here is my design for the logo (pretty much the exact same as before, but structured to fit the chair I had now:
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    I decided to go ahead and just glue the tracing paper on instead of tracing it over to a regular piece of paper and gluing that down instead. Bad decision #2 for this project, but, again, more on that in a bit.....
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    Then came using my Xacto knife to cut out the letters (and incidentally score the wood underneath) for guidelines for the routing job that comes next..... IMG_2459.JPG IMG_2460.JPG
    And then came the routing out of the lettering. Turns out using the tracing paper was a bad move. It didn't stick to the finish for squat. You can see it peeling off the finish like it was born to it in the picture below. Annoying as hell. It turned out that those scored lines the Xacto left behind were actually my best guidelines for what I was going to do next.
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    The paintbrush in the previous picture was used to brush away the chips so I wouldn't loose my guidelines. After a bit I managed to route out the rest of the pattern....
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    Here is where I started rounding over the letters, but before that happened I ran into my first major hurdle: you'll note that the first 'o' in Locos looks somewhat....different now. I was trying to clean up the lines of the top of the routing job and the damn thing blew itself apart. Turns out that there was a flaw (a crack) in JUST that little bit of the wood, and when it blew itself apart there was literally NOTHING left of the pieces that flew off (at least not that I could find). After dipping into my sailor language for a few minutes, I tried to figure out how on earth I was going to fix this little problem......
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  2. scrimman

    scrimman Termite extrodinare Full Member Thread Starter

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    So, I just kept rounding over the letters until I got something that I liked. Well, aside from the shattered 'o'.....
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    Then I remembered that I still had some cutoff pieces from a Mesquite box I made a few years back! And, miracle of miracles, it was just about the right thickness!
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    So, I shaped the outside
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    Shaped the inside
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    Shaved off the offending 'o' and glued that new sucker down!
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    Finally, the finished product!
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    Hopefully y'all will find this useful for some project you do in the future. Sorry it took so long to tell the story, and thank you for your time!
     
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  3. Wildthings

    Wildthings ASTROS 2017 WORLD CHAMPIONS Full Member

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    It wasn't too long at all. Great Save!!
     
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  4. rocky1

    rocky1 Creator of Shavings and Sawdust! Full Member

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    Excellent save Sean! And, a great story!

    So what exactly is the rocking chair about for a fishing tournament?
     
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    scrimman Termite extrodinare Full Member Thread Starter

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    They're going to auction it off for funds to run it.
     
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    rocky1 Creator of Shavings and Sawdust! Full Member

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    That makes sense! Wasn't sure if they were going to make someone fish out of it or what!
     
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  7. NYWoodturner

    NYWoodturner Wood Spinner Staff Member Administrator Global Moderator Full Member

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    Sean - Thats awesome.! I'm sure it will bring a pretty penny at the auction.
     
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    Very neat!
     
  9. Lou Currier

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    No where near the length of @rocky1 stories.
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    Great job. It makes me want to run my hand o er those nicely rounded letters.
     
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