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Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure: Items to Build for Fundraiser #3: A Theme for the Auction Items: "Pink at Heart"

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Blog entry by Jonathan posted 06-18-2010 07:46 PM 1194 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have decided to title the series of items for the auction: “Pink at Heart.”

I came up with the idea this morning, after deciding I was going to buy some Pink Lyptus to incorporate into the items I’m making for the fundraising auction for the 3-Day Walk for the Cure my wife will be participating in during the month of November, held in San Diego, CA.

I dug through about 100-BF of 4/4 Pink Lyptus this morning at the lumber store to find a single board that I thought would be great for these projects. I feel it’s really going to strike the chord I’m going for here, as it’s a little bit deeper shade of pink and doesn’t have as much variance as many of the boards had. It’s 4.5-BF in total.

I thought that this would really tie everything in together, and couldn’t think of a more appropriate name. If you can think of one, please let me know. I just thought this name really embodied not only the Susan G. Komen spirit, but also hits the nail on the head, so-to-speak, with the incorporation of the lyptus.

I will definitely be pairing it up with some curly maple, and walnut, and possibly some cherry, although not right next to the cherry, as I don’t think there’s enough contrast.

I narrowed it down to 2-different boards for their coloring, but picked this one because I felt it had a lot more movement and character within the grain.

Here are a couple of pictures of the pink lyptus on the right, next to some curly maple on the left:

lyptus 1

lyptus 2

I’m hoping this isn’t going to be too saturated and dark in color, once finished! There were definitely some lighter boards there, but they varied in color quite a bit over the face of the board from almost white, to pink.

If you have any creative project ideas related to this theme, please chime in!

I might cut the board I’ve made already in-half and add a strip of the pink lyptus, so it’s “Pink at Heart,” or pink at it’s core. Or maybe just leave that board as-is.

I am definitely going to be making another cutting board/serving board that I’m think of putting a wide piece of the pink lyptus in the middle, (again, going with the “Pink at Heart” theme), then alternating strips of the curly maple with more pink lyptus.

I might also do a similar one, but substituting walnut for the curly maple.

There’ll be some candleholder made out of the pink lyptus too. with 4.5-BF of the pink lyptus, I certainly have enough of it to go around!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."



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Todd Clare

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#1 posted 06-18-2010 08:12 PM

I like the idea of a central strip of pink at the “heart”, in the cutting board or even in the candle holder.

If you’re making the “block of wood with holes for the votives” style candleholder, you could make it out of another wood (curly or whatever you’ve got) and then put a pink strip vertically up through the center of each hole, so you get the effect of the candles held by the holder, but also held up by the pink “columns” centered on each?

Bad description I know. Wish the LJ forums had a whiteboard attached.

-- Todd (Denver, CO -- Highlands)

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Jonathan

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#2 posted 06-18-2010 08:18 PM

That’s an excellent idea Todd! I think I understand what you’re saying. If I’m not correctly visualizing what you’re saying, it has at least given me an idea!
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You’re going to have to draw your idea out for me now and run it across the alley, as I went back and reread what you just typed and now I’m thinking of it differently.

Where is that white board when you need it the most? ;)

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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tyskkvinna

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#3 posted 06-18-2010 09:15 PM

Some small pieces of these, would be beautiful for a handful of business card holders. They contrast beautifully.

I made some open boxes somewhat recently.. people have been using them as pencil/ paperclip / sewing supply holders. I bet a stacked laminate of those, maybe with a little bit of darker wood here and there.. could look really neat!

Added my pic of what I made because I wasn’t sure how to explain it quite right.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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Jonathan

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#4 posted 06-18-2010 09:26 PM

Lis,

Those boxes are another good idea that would be simple enough to make, plus hopefully appeal to a broad audience.

What size are those boxes? I know you can make a box any size you want, but I’m curious as to how big those are?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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tyskkvinna

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#5 posted 06-19-2010 03:16 AM

They are 3×3x4.5-ish, IIRC :) Perfect size for being useful without getting into being clunky.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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#6 posted 06-19-2010 04:35 AM

Good wood combustion

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Jonathan

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#7 posted 06-19-2010 09:45 PM

Well now Jim, I haven’t even started this project yet, so I’m not quite ready to throw it into the fireplace just yet! ;)

Wood combination… gotcha.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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