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Gondola

 

 

   Here is another fascinating scroll saw project that will test your skills to the limit. This is a very large project,  wherever you place it, it will become the center of attention. More than any other, this project calls for creativity, it is very adequate to be finished with some hues of baroque colors, and its interior can be covered with rich and colorful fabric. I can imagine it on a sideboard or console or on an office desk, serving as a place to keep together all those things that we often have around the whole desk.

 The main difficulty of this design is that the sides of the gondola are slightly curved. For this reason thin wood must be used for the side pieces and special care must be taken when cutting, not to break the delicate resulting pieces. The mounting of the original design was based in tabs and slots. I have completely redesigned the project to use a more convenient system based on a wooden frame on which the sides can be glued more easily and held in place with clamps until they dry. Once the gondola is mounted and finished its interior can be covered as desired. The result is a very original piece of delicate and beautiful curves.

The pattern is based on an old Italian design from the beginning of the XX century. It has been completely redrawn in the computer using the most advanced graphics techniques.

  The pattern is designed to make the gondola with 1/4, 1/8 and 1/16 inches wood or with 6, 3 and 1.5 mm. wood, but of course it can be resized at will. This table gives the measures of the gondola depending on the wood thickness you use:

 

  Height Length Depth
1/4, 1/8 and 1/16 in. wood 9 in. 42.3 in. 7.4 in.
6, 3 and 1.5 mm. wood 21 cm. 102 cm. 18 cm.
8, 4 and 2 mm. wood 28 cm. 136 cm. 24 cm.

  Please note that this pattern is registered and copyrighted. If you would like to have it I offer it for 24 plus shipping. The pattern is computer made, which provides total precision, and nicely printed for convenient scrolling. Click here to buy this pattern. Write me to info@finescrollsaw.com for any questions.

 

    This picture has been kindly sent by Ester and Isaac Arditi from Israel.

 

      This picture has been sent by Antonio Zaglio from Italy.

 

    This picture has been kindly sent by Michael Despotashvili from Tbilisi, Georgia.

 

    These pictures have been kindly sent by Lauro Giusi from Procida, Italy. The shown Gondola has a length of 8.60 meters (28 feet) and it is one of the many Good Friday Easter steps that go through the steets of Procida that special day. Note that making this model at this staggering scale requires advanced carpentry knowledge and a large well equipped workshop.

 

    This picture haa kindly been sent by Rafael Veras from Cordoba, Spain.

 

    This picture has been kindly sent by Matthew Buhagiar from Malta.

 

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