Creative Woodworks & crafts 2001-01, страница 54

Creative Woodworks & crafts 2001-01, страница 54


Wood: aspen—one piece 3/4" x 3" x 5"; western red cedar (light colored)—3/4" x 3-1/2" x 4-1/2"; western red cedar (medium colored)—one piece 3/4" x 2-1/2" x 14"; pau amarillo—one piece 3/4" x 3-1/2" x 30"; black walnut— one piece 3/4" x 4"x 18"

Tools: scroll saw with No. 7 or 9 Olson PGT blades;

small hand held pneumatic sander; woodburning tool

Temporary-bond spray adhesive

Sandpaper, assorted grits

Copper wire (for the antennae)

Sawtooth hanger

Finish of choice

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The assembled flower measures 9" x 9" and has 18 pieces. Make the various components following the same method used to shape the honey bee. Contour the inside end of the petals down to the center and the outside end down to give the petals a natural look. Contour the leaves the same way.

Both assemblies require a fair amount of shaping to achieve a natural perspective. I like using the small air filled (pneumatic) sanders I have because I feel they give me more control over the process; however, any sanding tool you prefer will work.

Finishing touches

I used a thinner backing material than I usually do. Normally, I use 1/4" Baltic birch plywood. But in this case, because of the small pieces on the legs for example. I used 1/8" stock. The backing is less visible with the thinner material. For the most part, it is a straightforward intarsia project that makes a nice wall-hanging.



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body of the bee. Lower the abdomen parts of the bee in increments of 1/16", starting with the part marked No. 1 down to No. 5.

The bee's antennae are made out of copper wire. I striped the copper wire out of an old piece of house wiring I had on hand. Bore two holes the diameter of the wire you are using at the locations indicated by a (+) on the pattern. Insert the wire in these holes.


Honey Bee

The assembled bee measures 7" x 7" and has 23 pieces. Transfer the patterns, paying attention to grain direction, then cut and shape the pieces. Some of the lines on the wings, the beak, and the pollen sack on the rear leg should be woodburned. I used a razor tip wood-burning tool to add detail. Woodburning is a great way to give detail and more perspective to intarsia projects.

Cut the front wing to fit in the space marked with an (*) on the pattern. This wing will stand out from the


I have kept honey bees all my adult life. At one point I had over 400 colonies. Today, however, I have time for only 100, which still keeps me quite busy. Bee keeping gets me out of the wood shop in the summer where I can get some fresh air and exercise, and I do need the exercise. The honey industry makes a considerable contribution to our economy every year. Not only do bees produce tons of honey every year, but they also pollinate billions of dollars worth of crops. Bees visit flowers for nectar and pollen. The pollen dust particles collect on the hairs of their bodies and are transferred from one flower to another. The bees are constantly gathering this pollen off their bodies and collecting it in pollen sacks on their hind legs. This pollen is their protein source and is used to feed the young developing bees.

I have always been fascinated by the little critters. It still amazes me when the hives are full of honey. Then I come along and steal it from them. No wonder they sting! (The bee in this project isn't to scale. If it was, it would be a real challenge. And if bees were actually this size, I wouldn't be taking their honey!) I am always being asked how many times I have been stung, and my usual answer is "everytime I go for a bank loan." Truthfully, you never get used to the stings, and it's best to be philosophical about it—it's the price you have to pay for the golden nectar.

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