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Swanky creates elaborate firewood
Q-tiki
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Joined: Sep 22, 2011
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From: East TN
Posted: 2011-10-11 2:38 pm   Permalink

Holy cow!! That trim looks fantastic! Very swanky, Swanky.

the carving looks good too, but that trim really looks great.

Cheers!


 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2011-10-11 7:46 pm   Permalink

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Actually he's sitting on his defeated enemy he is about to eat. Once I get to doing their faces it'll be a little more clear. So, that's the other guy between his legs, not some enormous member...



Killer trim! Tiki turned out pretty fine. Yes, I see the enemy now!


 
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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2011-10-17 09:31 am   Permalink

Here he is sanded. Had trouble on his teeth. Sanding caused chipped teeth which I superglued back. No telling how that will look when stained. I will do a tiny bit more clean up. Every time I pick it up I am unsatisfied with the sanding work and do more. I can never get anything finished! Soon. Very soon.





I started with 80 grit, then 150, 200, 300 and 400. That fixed up many issues, but also highlighted others that got out the chisels and knives and fixed. Added depth to cuts here and there and got rid of bad spots.

Folding the sand paper allowed me to get in some crevices, but not completely.


 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2011-10-17 09:43 am   Permalink

Lookin good. I use Dremel bits to get into the crevices where possible.


 
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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2011-10-17 11:45 am   Permalink

I will look at what I have for my dremel. Been reading and may try some emory boards too.

In small deep cuts like the enemies eyes and in very deep cut areas like the top of his thighs way back near the body, I have not gottne in there well. Gonna try a few things this week when I have time to smooth out the rough stuff.


 
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pjc5150
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From: Tampa, FL
Posted: 2011-10-19 11:27 am   Permalink

get a tungsten burr. Andy (Mc Tiki) turned me on to 'em. He's the "burr guy".

All the crap ones I ever used from home depot were burned & useless in no time. That Saburr demel bit is awesome. Got one a few weeks ago and it's still tearin' it up....


 
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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2011-11-27 05:37 am   Permalink

That "Firewood" is looking pretty good Swank. Thats what it's all about,,, carve it and sand it, clean up all the nooks and cranny's and sand it some more... Clean up all the nooks and cranny's, sand again and keep going until it's acceptable to you. Trouble is peeps usually think it's "Good Enough" because after all it's just a tiki and why spend time fixing all that small stuff. Well, that Small Stuff shows up more than the big stuff and will Always be there telling on you.
I use the Klingspor's spindle mounted "Mac Mop" to get into all those unreachable areas. They work like magic, are quick and easy, just stick it into a drill and use it on all your carvings from pendant sized to giant tiki size. It won't take away the details and does a great job.
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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2011-11-27 08:01 am   Permalink

Good to know Ben. I have literally finished him, but not posted any pics. I wiped it down with a damp rag to raise the grain, sanded with about 400 grit, then did it over and over until no grain came up any more, then stained it. Didn't like the color, and stained it again... Pics soon.

 
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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2011-11-27 2:02 pm   Permalink

As promised:




I didn't get the stain into his teeth and neck a bit. I think a Q-tip ought to get that spot. I intend to do a satin finish clear coat and then be done.

98-99% done with chisels. 1-2% done with knives.
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2011-11-27 4:38 pm   Permalink

Came out great Swanky. Usually I get a small hobbyist paint brush and go over those little kind of spots that get missed when staining with a rag or larger brush.


 
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surfintiki
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From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2011-11-28 09:57 am   Permalink

Very cool! A great piece that really shows off that grain. I've seen that sanding pad of Benz's, it's pretty magical!

 
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