"The Cortez" - My First Project for the "Binge" Art Show (Dec 2018)

This is incredible. what software did you use to design this? did you stick to proofgrade materials or use custom wood? The details are stunning.

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I used Inkscape for all the design work and did use proofgrade hardwood materials for a majority of the viewable parts of the piece. The non-proofgrade materials used were for the underlying support layers that are not visible (cut from 1/8" MDF), the 2 white columns on the side of the central figure (cut from 1/8" pearl acrylic), and the trashcans and table (1/16" Walnut). Proofgrade Basswood hardwood was used for the central Cortez cutout, the floor, and the rails of the staircase. Proofgrade Maple hardwood was used for the background carvings and the lamps. Proofgrade Walnut hardwood was used for the staircase and banisters. Proofgrade Cherry hardwood was used for the furniture. Proofgrade Red Oak hardwood was used for the elevator doors. Proofgrade Black Acrylic is behind Cortez and used for side columns as well. I believe most of the proofgrade materials were part of my original welcome pack … I didn’t know at the time what I really liked to work with or the depths of the material that was best.

The floor that was redone uses a thin veneer of white and black set in 1/8" padauk.

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Thank you! I’m just learning how to use all of this, this is really helpful

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This is brilliant. Can I ask how you accounted for Kerf? Or did you ignore it and make the tiny gaps act as the linework? Awesome work.

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I did account for kerf. In the end, I tend to add 0.003" to all my cut lines (as a two sided kerf and to make sure I don’t burn off any detail). In the case of the floor, or any other piece where the inlay is really narrow or small, I don’t add a kerf to the base (engraved) piece and add a 0.006" kerf to the inlay piece (to makes sure i get a little more detail in the inlay). Materials do tend to very (acrylic one sided kerf is closer 0.005") so I usually have a tiny test file using a star design with 0.003" kerf, one with 0.004" … one with 0.006" then a star engrave in my base piece and just see which one fits best for the materials i’m using. This will waste about 1-2 inches of my wood but better safe than sorry in the end! :slight_smile:

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The Proofgrade materials are excellent and do save time and trial and error but I have also ordered excellent material from other resources for about half the price (if you stick to 6" widths similar to some proofgrade standard sizes … https://ocoochhardwoods.com/scroll-saw-lumber/). I went crazy the first time and ordered all kinds of thicknesses and sizes only to find that 1/8" and 1/16" is all I’ll ever need.

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This is AMAZING.

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Epic work!

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So much dimension … so much to fall in love with! Really enjoyed your post!

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I no joke had my jaw drop after looking at this. Like literally. This is the first time I have ever been so wowed.

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it is really a cool tool. I used it for my LED edge lit “sign” for one of my nephews that is all about star wars. so his name looked like the floating text at the beginning :slight_smile:

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This takes my breath away. Extraordinarily beautiful!

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This is absolutely amazing!

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There is always 3D relief carving you could add to great effect with the thicker materials.

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I just had to mention, I never noticed Cortez above the door until I saw this. :slight_smile: Absolutely amazing piece.

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Same here … it wasn’t until I started trying to layout the details of the design that I noticed he had been there all along … unappreciated. I spent hours trying to understand where exactly he was positioned in the hotel. There is one scene where Lady Gaga is in the elevator and you can see the lobby through the open areas of Cortez. That was when I realized the elevator was a glass encasement behind Cortez himself. At least I hope I envisioned that properly. :grin:

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Process Video of the assembly …

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Fun to see it go together!

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Oooh - I’ll put this on and glance over as they progress
11:27 later I can finally peel my eyes away!

That’s so frickin’ cool The attention to detail in the design make the construction mesmerizing! The frame tops it beautifully!

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I just can’t stop looking at this!
It’s amazing!

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