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Blog entry by David Craig posted 498 days ago 1353 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the pleasant things about moving from a beginner to a more intermediate stage in woodworking is that you start paying attention to things you didn’t really focus on before. My work tonight, for example, involves a little more thought about grain orientation in glue-ups.

I am still working on cutting boards, I have to have a dozen made in the next week or so. As I am moving along, I have had to give some more concentrated thought in regards to the wood pieces I salvaged and how to get the most use of them, and make them as visually pleasing as possible while keeping the project simple. In my last blog, I mentioned that the oak I am using came from a hutch. The boards salvaged has pieces of various thicknesses and shapes to it. I have a few pieces that are over an inch thick and were made up of 2 boards edged glued together. One containing straight grain, while the other has cathedral grain.

Here are a couple of sample pieces -

Now I can approach the use of these boards a few different ways. I could separate the pieces further by ripping the board, or find another matching cathedral grain piece and just edge glue that up. I would be left with a thick board for the purpose and would plane it down further for my needs. Since these are just a decorative bread cutting board, I decided to go a different route and did a resaw down the middle (err…more or less anyway). The resulting pieces gave me what I was looking for, a book matched set.

In this set, the flames will go together, making the knots look like a set of eyes. It will give the appearance of a board with a stripe down the middle.

Once glued, flattened, and rounded, the appearance will be stronger than it appears now.

On another board, the straight grain will frame the cathedral grain, making the cathedral grain board look more like the grain was complete, rather than halved.

These are techniques I never used before and I have to admit that I am having a bit of fun using a larger range of tools on this project and exploring different methods of achieving a look.

Unfortunately, this is the type of thing that probably will go unnoticed except that the board will have a more balanced look without any of the recipients knowing why. When you start having a beer with family members and you start talking about grain orientation, resawing, and book matched pieces, a glaze starts forming over their eyes and you find out that there are discussions about what nursing home to put you in when you get older.

That is why I am so grateful to you folks for the ability to share these things :)

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.



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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 498 days ago

I have had those “discussions ” before. Of course we sit there and listen to their stories, ugh.

Good looking wood. I love just staring at the grain. Mother nature’s artwork.

-- 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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patron

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#2 posted 498 days ago

so what nursing home
is your choice
(assuming you get to make one)

nice work-up with the boards

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 498 days ago

you find out that there are discussions about what nursing home to put you in when you get older.

I am afraid that I will never find out that those discussions are going on.
Nice write-up….....................

-- mike...............

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David Craig

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#4 posted 498 days ago

I have no nursing home preference but have decided that if I do have Alzheimer’s and am in one, whenever I ask what time it is, I want someone to say “Miller Time” and give me a beer.

Flattened out one of the boards after glue up. I like the grain on this one a lot -

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Roger

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#5 posted 498 days ago

There is so much beauty in a piece of wood. It’s always like opening a gift on Christmas when you resaw a board. The pic above me is ghostly kool.

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

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olddutchman1

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#6 posted 498 days ago

Very nice! You have taken a piece of wood with no really stand out features, and created a knockout glue up! Very nice! The wood shows a character not visible before! It becomes very pleasing to My eyes!

-- Saved! and so gratefull.Consider Who Created it All

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#7 posted 498 days ago

I agree with Roger, there really is so much beauty in wood. I love sawmilling and resawing! It is like Christmas. Wood is definitely a gift.

I love the way you talked about the glazed look! You nailed it! Hilarious and Accurate! I too am so grateful for you all here! To be understood is one of the greatest gifts one can receive!

Great work, thanks for sharing!

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#8 posted 498 days ago

David if you turn the last picture upside down

There is a face between the knots.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Brad

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#9 posted 498 days ago

Hmmm. The “face” looks eerily like a Sleestack from the 70s Saturday morning show Land of the Lost. Will Ferril did a remake movie of it a few years ago.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#10 posted 498 days ago

Martyn,
Humming the theme from “The X Files”.

-- 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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#11 posted 498 days ago

”you find out that there are discussions about what nursing home to put you in when you get older.” My hearing isn’t what it used to be, so the discussions aren’t always clear. My daughter has mentioned there is a senior center near us that has a woodshop for residents.

Back to the other thought “start paying attention to things you didn’t really focus on before.” I think you have a good point about that. Starting out, it was just a challenge to keep things square and structurally sound (from 36” away). As time goes on and putting better wood at risk some of the basic skills and machine familiarity go easier. At that point you start to recognize the subtle aspects.

Steve.

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David Craig

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#12 posted 498 days ago

Thanks for the kind comments folks. I like the image of Christmas and the unveiling of what is in that piece of wood. One of the things I like about hand planing. The slow reveal of the grain and figure of a roughsawn piece can be quite exciting. Again, nothing I can share with “civilians” ;)

Martyn – I noticed the face as well. Kind of reminded me of the board that you posted about awhile back. I believe it was yew, that you labeled the spirit in the wood. My spirit reminded me of Ghost Rider :)

Steve – You are right about the challenge of just putting something together in the beginning. When I started picking up tools, I thought “I would like to make my own furniture.” After I started on my first box, I thought “I would love to make a square piece of wood.” Definitely a frustrating hobby in the beginning but once you stop forcing things and learn to just work with it, the rewards and enjoyment start coming in.

I appreciate everyone’s encouragement.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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David Craig

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#13 posted 498 days ago

Here is the other one after glue-up and flattening. The knots were potentially troublesome. Cracks were forming around them. I mixed up some clear 5 minute epoxy and filled the cracks and knots and scraped them smooth this morning. After planing, everything is stable. To me, this board looks aged with worry.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#14 posted 498 days ago

Whaaat? you’ve never heard of a tree sprite??

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it.

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David Craig

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#15 posted 498 days ago

Well, after one of them popped out of my board and started singing “Stairway to Heaven” I became a believer in them :) Sorry, I didn’t catch that on video ;)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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