Tips & tricks #6 : Making scale knots in wood .

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Tips & tricks #6 : Making scale knots in wood .

Post  Jenny Ryan on Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:04 am

Well I have been asked by a few people how I made the effects I used on the timber in my last diorama . These are either direct or variant tips of Chuck Doans excellent techniques .

The first step is to give your wood some character (unlike straight basswood ) , use a wire brush to roughen the grain by brushing down the grain . Next we will add some knots to the timber . To do this is really simple . Drill a small hole in the timber . use a pointy scalpel & twist in the hole to make a small conical shaped hole , then super glue some cocktail sticks in the holes .



Once dried cut them off flush with a scalpel & lightly sand the area .



To make them ultra realistic use a pin & poke tiny holes into the toothpick , these represent the holes made in the knots by borer worms .



On some knots poke the scalpel in from around halfway to the edge , this represents where the knot has split from milling in the lumber yard !



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Post  Kreighshoer on Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:23 am

simple but effective! Shocked

i have never wasted a single thought on knots in timber - now i ask myself why i haven't!


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Nice Tip

Post  Panzer on Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:10 pm

Nice Tip.
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Post  JSteinman on Tue Dec 09, 2008 6:01 pm

Looks fab, I bet you could do this with styrene too!

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Re: Tips & tricks #6 : Making scale knots in wood .

Post  Jenny Ryan on Tue Dec 09, 2008 9:53 pm

JSteinman wrote:Looks fab, I bet you could do this with styrene too!

I guess you could , the advantage I have found is that when you age the wood with stains , the knot absorbs the ageing stain quicker , thus darkening & making it even more prominent .

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Thats awesome!

Post  Shaggy on Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:42 am

Like Laura said, I never would've thought of that, yet it is so simple. I'll definately use this tip, whether it's for bridges, fences, wooden buildings.

JENNY, YOU ROCK cheers cheers cheers cheers

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Hehehe

Post  Jenny Ryan on Fri Jan 30, 2009 7:49 am

Why thank you SHAGGY ! Very Happy

Have a Scooby snack !

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Post  Shaggy on Fri Jan 30, 2009 7:38 pm

Jenny Croft wrote:Why thank you SHAGGY ! Very Happy

Have a Scooby snack !

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Don't mind if I do!

SCOOBY DOOBY DO!!! lol!

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Post  GunTruck on Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:11 pm

Ditto - Nice Tip! I'll give it a try one Saturday afternoon!

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Post  jonlange on Wed Feb 25, 2009 5:23 am

Cool Jenny..Thanks Again!

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Post  ShawnGehling on Thu Oct 15, 2009 8:10 pm

Pretty sweet Jenny,
I will have to use this on my next dio that has wood beams and such...
Maybe even on a ladder.
Thanks.
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