Monthly Archives: June 2014

Home sweet home

This is my first attempt on making intarsia (made some time ago). The pattern is made by Judy Gale Roberts and Jerry Booher and was published in Scrollsaw Woodworking & Crafts, Issue 8. Most of the picture is made from pine (the eyes and nostrils are made from a piece of scrap hardwood I had in the shop – Itaube, I believe). I stained the pine in two different shades of cherry and finished with a clear lacquer on top. Even if everything is made from pine, I still made every piece separately to place the grain as suggested in the plans.

Home sweet home

Home sweet home

I discovered a nice thing about making intarsia: Even if you have a plan it is very much possible to personalize the picture as you may wish. 🙂 When it comes to the work itself I realized that there is a good reason why people, who often make intarsia, have invested in sanding equipment as Kirjes, which have inflatable sanding drums. In my case I used a rubber drum in the drill press, a belt sander, a disc sander, sanding paper and a lot of elbow grease. A big task but I’m quite pleased with the result.