Alaska Tails

ALASKA TAILS
Unique employee retirement gifts from a scroll saw.

SHOP OWNER: Scott Patterson
LOCATION: Kent, WA

    Having trouble finding the right gift for co-workers when they announce retirement? Sometimes the solution cannot be found in the company store.
    I started building these tails for friends in my department who were celebrating special anniversaries or retirements and they have really caught on. The tail on the left contains Peruvian Walnut and Oak and the tail on the right contains Peruvian Walnut, Oak, Maple, Blood wood, Yellow Heart, and Purple Heart. The tails are made from 3/4-inch hardwoods of various types to match the paint schemes on the Alaska Airlines tails shown below.

Alaska Tails   Alaska Tails




Alaska Tails

    In the area of the Eskimo face there is a stack-up of two 1/4-inch pieces of walnut with a piece of 1/4-inch clear Plexiglas in the middle, which allows the faces to be lit with LEDs contained in the base.

    All pieces are cut on the scroll saw then glued similar to most Intarsia projects. To fill the gaps between the pieces, I used sawdust from the wood mixed with diluted white glue. After final assembly and sanding, a coat of clear semi gloss polyurethane is applied. Note: There are no stains or paints used. The tails are made with natural wood colors.

Alaska Tails   Alaska Tails




Alaska Tails

    The Alaska Airlines signature letters are individually cut from 1/4-inch stock and glued onto a base plate. To align the letters, I made a copy of the pattern on clear view foil used for overhead projectors. After cutting the letters, they can be tacked to the back of the view foil, using rubber cement. This allows the letters to be properly aligned with the pattern and with a little white glue applied to the back of the letters, they can be set to the base plate all at the same time. To date I have made over 30 tails for employees and friends.

. . . Scott Patterson


 
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