Getting Started with Intarsia

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Intarsia Whale  Beginner Level  12½" x  4½"  pieces.
This is great for a first time project. You get
the pattern and many pages of instructions. 
Tools needed:
 Scroll Saw, or a Band-saw
 Some type of sander for contouring, softer is better. A “Flex-Drum”, or a pneumatic (air inflated) sander is best, a belt sander or disc sander will work in a pinch.
Handy tools to have:
 Air Compressor
Carving tool (“exacto” knives, carving knife) 
Wood-burner
You will need the following to make this project:
• Dark shade of wood at least 4” wide by 13” long and 3/4” thick
White shade of wood at least 2” wide by 13” long and 3/4” thick
1/8" material for sanding shim and backing to glue the project 13" x 10"
• “Re-stickable” glue stick or “Repositionable” spray adhesive.
• Three copies of the Whale pattern 
• 1/8”dowel for the eye.
• 1/8” drill bit
• Woodworkers glue
After making the whale I would suggest getting one of the Beginner "Classroom in a Tube" patterns. 


CT-7 Beginner Duck
 16" x 8"  23 pieces.
You get a set of instructions, one master pattern, and two pages of the pattern sections. You will not have to have copies made.


CT-18 Rose
    11¼" x 10"  26 pieces. 
Same as above, you get a set of instructions, one master pattern, and two pages of the pattern sections. You will not have to have copies made. The instructions are so helpful. 


Below are some other great patterns that are beginner level, just click on the photo for more information.