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3D Carved Skull Coffe Table

I have been working on a very special project for awhile now.  This is the first of a series.  Here is a short video to give the full effect of the 3D sculpting.

 

The images below show important steps in the progress of this creation.  This table is 3 feet long, 2 feet wide and stands about 21 inches tall.  The work is completely custom based on a drawing of a skull.  It is intentionally asymetrical to preserve the appearence of an actual skull.  The golden oak stain was selected after color tests to make the skull look old and aged.  The teeth are intentionally bad and crooked as well.  The skull was carved in basswood, with a baltic birch back board and banded with oak strips I bent and formed.  The oak banding was to cover the edges of the 2 different woods and provide a hardwood protection for the edges of the table.  The metal legs were made by Moosehead Metals, selected by my customer and drop shipped to me to install.  I have at least 70 hours on this as well as materials.  It actually took a gallon of glaze to fill this entire piece in.

I also have a lot more images on my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Arizona-Custom-Wood-Designs-204584499558337/

For Pinterest users, I don’t mind if you Pin, but this is my design, so please contact me if you wish to purchase.

Contact me directly at mdf234@yahoo.com if interested in purchasing/customizing one for yourself and discuss pricing.

This is what the table looked like when the carving was completed.

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Carved Skull Table Top-Unfinished

The table has been stained and after another color test it was decided to paint the recessed areas black.

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Finished Skull Coffee Table-Stained and Painted

After many filling coats of the gloss finish the top is finally smooth and almost flush.

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Finished Skull Coffee Table-Smooth Top

 

The top is mounted to the legs.  From a side view you can tell it is 3 dimensional.

 

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Finished Skull Coffee Table

From the top point of view it appears almost flat.  Until you shine a light into the eye sockets and realize they are undercutting the skull.

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Finished Skull Coffee Table-Top

From this point of view you can see there are no deformities to the reflection in the top, indicating a smooth finish.

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Finished Skull Coffee Table-Side