By Jeff Phares
This publication chronicles the entire phases in making a lifelike human face from wooden. Illustrated with certain pictures of greater than 20 comprehensive carvings, this publication additionally deals a wealth of technical how-to info for woodworkers and artists. worthwhile info comprises recommendation on dealing with instruments, suggestions for operating wooden to resemble the form of dermis and muscle groups, and tricks on carving practical hats and headdresses. additionally integrated are greater than 20 diagrams that designate facial anatomy and the way it pertains to carving mask and busts.
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32 • SH A K E R-I NSPI R E D BE NCH In the photo of the original Shaker bench, the ends of the dowels or plugs are visible on the face of the back rail and on the front edges of the joints for the seat supports. I decided to reinforce these joints, as well as the dado in the seat, with #8 × 13 ⁄4" screws, covering the screw heads with contrasting plugs of black walnut. Years ago I did repair work on wooden boats, and plugged screws were the way we held nearly everything together. Here are a couple of tricks from those days that speed the process considerably.
Lay out the parts and make the straight cuts on the table saw. Cut the legs and rails to final length, but leave the slats and stretcher an inch or two longer than the final dimension. It is a good idea to make an extra slat and an extra leg as you proceed, as tearout when you machine the curved edges could be a problem. 191 ⁄4" Making the Bench Top The top consists of nine slats and 16 ebony spacers, held together by two stainless-steel all-thread rods. Draw a fair curve for the top of the slats and cre- 14" PROFILE 191 ⁄4" 17" 35" 48" PLAN 14" 10" 28" ELEVATION 36 • JATOB A BE NC H 10" ate a template from 1 ⁄2" plywood.
Set the top in place. Check that all bridle joints are fully in place. Perform any last- I i nished the end of each through-tenon by clamping the workpiece into my bench vise, then clamped on a jig to hand-cut the chamfers. minute tweaking as necessary. Glue and clamp the mortise-and-tenon joints on the legs and rails. Finish & Final Assembly Apply several coats of boiled linseed oil on all pieces, along with a top coat of wax. Complete the assembly by adding the lag screws to secure the bridle joints, then glue the jatoba plugs in the counterbored holes.
Carving the Human Face: Capturing Character and Expression in Wood by Jeff Phares