One question: Will you back it with some type of non flammable backing or coating? Supposedly, all boxes and plates are required to be flame rated by code. Personally, I would never worry about it, but if you were give one away or sell one, who knows in this litigious society.
Really though, it is very cool. Wish I could do something like it.
Decided to make one for my wife's sewing room. I cut the main pattern out of ¼" plywood to contain my pieces. The "background" is some ¼" thick aspen, needed something back there to cover the switch box. http://www.PhotoShare.co.nz/PhotoSha.../0SW011496.jpg
Drew up a pattern, (took me a while to figure the light switch where the needle would be) then printed it out about 15 times, cut and glued to the various woods. Cut those out on the scrollsaw, and attempted to fit the pieces together. http://www.PhotoShare.co.nz/PhotoSha.../0SW049385.jpg
Hair is bocote, eyes, lapels and cuffs are aspen, face & hands are butternut (I think), Lips are bloodwood, sweater is redwood burl, "quilt" and spool are boxelder burl, sewing desk is walnut, sewing machine is redwood, cord is ebony, bolts of material are left to right, yellowheart, boxelder, purpleheart, zebra wood, and redheart. http://www.PhotoShare.co.nz/PhotoSha.../0SW059030.jpg
Took me all day to get this far, still have to shape down some of the pieces before glueing together to finish carve and sand. Course I'll have to router an 1/8" recess in the back to accept the switch.
What do you think so far?
PS: I think I also attached the photos since some can't see my hosting site.