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Shades of Grain #1: From Pallet's to Now

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Blog entry by Ethan Harris posted 634 days ago 1346 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Good Morning Everyone.

Some of you may know me from my blog series: Pallet Craft. Well I would like to thank those that have read and continue to read my blog series on crafting with pallet wood. While I am not done with that, I have reached a transition in my hobby for wood working.

I have been trying to learn as much as possible about woodworking while using pallets as my medium (green, cheap, and interestingly fun), but I have recently purchased lumber for a Christmas project and I am having great success while learning to work with wood of a different quality.

As time passes I will be working with more and more hardwoods and expand my skillset (and hopefully tools) to create fine pieces from wood. So today I am stating another blog series: Shades of Grain.

Please read along and share in the experience.

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at http://www.spudwoodworks.com & also follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/Ethan_Woodworks



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NedB

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#1 posted 634 days ago

Pallet wood can teach you a Lot, but as many of us have learned there are many more opportunities with boards wider than oh, say 4” or so… Best of luck with the new series, & congrats on the growth to a wider range of materials.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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Ethan Harris

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#2 posted 634 days ago

More like 3.3 inches wide! But it really did teach alot! Thank you for your comment Ned!

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at http://www.spudwoodworks.com & also follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/Ethan_Woodworks

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~Julie~

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#3 posted 634 days ago

Actually people don’t realize how hard pallet wood can be to work with. I’ve used it a lot and it’s not straight, often warped and full of knots and cracks, different thicknesses, etc.

-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 634 days ago

I am sure you’ll do as well with your new medium as you did with pallet wood. We all should strive to learn with every project we make. I will follow your future projects as well.

-- 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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Ethan Harris

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#5 posted 634 days ago

Its almost a shame that winter and the bitter cold is coming. But it will leave me more time to sketch… Thank you Julie and Monte for your comments!

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at http://www.spudwoodworks.com & also follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/Ethan_Woodworks

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derosa

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#6 posted 634 days ago

You just need to find better pallets, try places that deal with metals, they need the big ones. I’ve just finished planing down a red oak board to a finished 40×8x1 along with a 40×7x1 and have sitting waiting some white oak that is 35×7x1.25. Although I’ll be using some of the 1×4 pine that I get as well tonight.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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Ethan Harris

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#7 posted 634 days ago

Derosa: I agree Pallets have great woods and sometimes you can find some really nices pieces. Good luck on your projects!

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at http://www.spudwoodworks.com & also follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/Ethan_Woodworks

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NedB

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#8 posted 633 days ago

Julie, that’s where you learn how to deal with warp, twist, random bits of blade eating metal, even rocks!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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Ethan Harris

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#9 posted 633 days ago

It was most definitely a patience trying process. but I have some projects coming up that I had to deal with those situations. Unfortunitley I can’t share most of these things till after Christmas.

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at http://www.spudwoodworks.com & also follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/Ethan_Woodworks

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