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The Board. A Tongue In Cheek Essay...... With Pictures Part l

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Blog entry by Gene Howe posted 37 days ago 982 reads 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently, there was a bit of concern expressed regarding a board that was posted as a project.
it got me to thinking (a rare occurrence) that some folks might not understand or appreciate the dedication, skill and work that is involved in the making of a board. Hence this blog/tutorial.

First, lets define the term for those not familiar with boards. Most authorities agree that a board is a flat slab of wood or other material for some specific purpose. For our purposes, we’ll limit the definition to just a flat slab of wood.

In our case, the specific purpose of the board is to mate it with others of it’s brethren to reveal a larger flat slab of wood. Which in turn will become a part of an assemblage of like slabs (projects) that will make up a larger “project”. This tutorial will focus on the mating techniques and procedures. No worries, it’s G rated.

Now, in my world, the word “project” connotes something that is contemplated, or planned, and executed. A concept which may be foreign to some less enlightened souls. In the case at hand, a board.

However, before we begin the highly technical and skill intensive endeavor of board creation, a use for our slab should be clearly understood. Otherwise, we’d have no idea where or when to stop the mating process. Clearly a waste of wood….. Not to mention, glue.

Consequently, a detailed and comprehensive plan needs to be in place and kept close by for reference during the entire process of creation.
Below is the plan I will be referencing.
It was created on the inside of a box of cookies. Cardboard for durability. White for contrast.

Stay tuned for Part ll

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton



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Roger

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#1 posted 37 days ago

By turning pizza boxes inside out, and a permanent marker, they turn into a nice target/s for use at the range.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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CFrye

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#2 posted 37 days ago

The thing about Tongue-In-Cheek is, the appendage is properly positioned for biting if the need should arise. Do continue, Gene.

-- God bless, Candy

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 37 days ago

Gene, you are a man after my own heart. My project designs start like that all the time. Once in a while I’ll make a scaled drawing but the sketches work just fine. One product I have found to be very useful is the inside of a pop or beer can 24 pack carton. Great template material!!
Roger, they make good targets too!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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ChuckV

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#4 posted 37 days ago

Gene,

Thank you for sharing your skills, knowledge, and experience. I have a suggestion. Could you please slow down the pace of your tutorial for those of us who are struggling to follow along? I know that I am not alone in this.

Perhaps there was a Part 0 that I missed. You say that the plan is on the inside of a white cardboard cookie box. This leaves out too many details for me. What kind of cookies were in the box? Did you eat them first or just dump them out of the box? If you ate them, did you dunk them? If so, did you dunk in milk, coffee, tea, wine or something else?

I realize that my questions seem silly to someone at your level. But, please, try to remember when you were where I am now.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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Gary

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#5 posted 37 days ago

I see a mistake but, carry on

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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JL7

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#6 posted 37 days ago

Um…...

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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lightcs1776

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#7 posted 37 days ago

Um times two.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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Andy Ponder

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#8 posted 37 days ago

I just want to know if the plan was already on the inside of the box before the alleged cookies were placed in the box??

That may have been Part 0. No?

-- AP--Unless you're the lead dog, the view never changes.

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Gene Howe

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#9 posted 37 days ago

So true Candy, so true.

Roger, around here, the only Pizza available comes from Pizza Hut. Best to just leave that crap in the box for target practice.

Jim, my usual practice is to send my ideas out to an architectural firm. But the real complicated stuff I do myself.

Chuck, slow is one of my two speeds. Stop is the other one. So now that I’ve shifted into stop for a bit, try to catch up. I’ll type slower from now on.
Did the Pope ask Michelangelo what brand of paint he used? Such trivialities are really below my level. Oh, BTW. They were house brand Oreo wannabes. I have spots on my shirt so I can refer to them to answer the many requests like yours. Looks like milk for some and coffee for the rest. I prefer dunking chocolate chip cookies in my wine. There’s a baggie full in the fridge, right next to the box of Chablis.

Gary, any mistakes will be rectified in the process….or become design opportunities.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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mmh

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#10 posted 37 days ago

Has anyone given any credit to the seed that became the sapling that grew to become the tree that someone decided it was best to kill and make into lumber? Poor tree, no credit to be had at all.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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ChuckV

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#11 posted 37 days ago

OK, I think I have caught up.

Is this the kind of thing you are talking about?

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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Monte Pittman

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#12 posted 37 days ago

All this talk about mating. Isn’t this a family site?

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Gene Howe

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#13 posted 37 days ago

Now that is a slab!
Did you glue that up yourself?


OK, I think I have caught up.

Is this the kind of thing you are talking about?

- ChuckV


-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Gene Howe

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#14 posted 37 days ago

For those who are unfamiliar with the high level of tech speak employed by Jeff and Chris above;

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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ChuckV

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#15 posted 37 days ago


Now that is a slab!
Did you glue that up yourself?

- Gene Howe

Not yet. Today I plan to make a table top by gluing up five or six of these. But first, I have a lot of cookies to eat so that I can create a full-sized drawing.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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