I took the board out of the clamp, today. Relatively easily as it happened. Sanded both sides up and gave it a coat of oil. Well I say a coat but end grain drinks harder than some of the girls I dated in my teen years. Anyway by no means finished here’s a peek
I prefer sharp square edges and for me the ends of this are just not tidy enough and I just think that if I rounded the edges it would look far too busy. I may frame it, in some mid-tone wood, like Oak. Ebony would be good, anyone know if this is poisonous?
I do like the snakes though. One of my better patterns
I learned some things on this one. Always be sure what the grain direction is, Titebond III is like toffee (taffy) when its sets (I dont like it or the glue line it betrays), partial glue-ups work if you’re careful, never underestimate ingenuity in the face of adversity and never plug your sander in with the lead taught (you’ll nudge the lead, unseat the plug and think you’ve broken it).
Thats it for this blog then. I’ll post the board as a project if it ends up half decent and anyway I have more ideas bubbling up. I need to improve the dust extraction for the sander, there’s a nice impossible pattern I might try, something else with dice and something arty. Where will I find the time?
Be seeing you.
-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com