Just for Fun... #82: Well, Looky Here!!

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 01-12-2014 03:55 AM 1677 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When Brother David, the Patron, isn’t busy nailing his trusses to the floor of his shop and grading himself harshly on his accomplishments, he continues to think of his Friends…
Yesterday, I was the recipient of another “CARE” package from the high deserts of New Mexico…
In it, were these bits of Treasure…

It’s Rosewood, and some of the last of his Private Stock… Thanks (again!) David for your thoughtfulness and generosity!
By E-mail, he was actually trying to apologize for some Void that showed up as he planed it!

But I ask you, isn’t that why we love Wood in the first place, because of it’s flaws and imperfections?

I’m anxious to re-saw the Rosewood, and see what lies within, but the New Job has left me precious little spare time lately… Maybe tomorrow I can squeeze in a “Shop Hour” or two…

I did manage to bang out a quick Gift project for my Younger Brother and his Wife for Christmas… It was another Grocery List/Letter Holder thing, this time made from Walnut…

It was finished so close to the day of, I didn’t even get a picture of it with the finish on it! Actually delivered it after Work, Christmas Morning, on my way home (at about 4:00 AM)...
Almost like the Big Guy in the Red Suit, with the Beard…

I’ve mentioned Work here, a couple of times; the New Job is going famously!
I’m enjoying it very much, and they are very happy to have me… always a good situation!
There is something there that I just had to share, and that any Wood enthusiast can appreciate…

Now THIS, is a Cutting Board!

The company name burnt into it is “Boos Blocks”, and a quick search revealed that they have been at this sort of thing since 1887… Their Website lists the top of this one at 24” x 24”,
made from 10” of 1 3/8” Walnut strips, all glued up end grain… Again, per their site, the shipping weight is 166 lbs….
Working on it, is like pounding on an Anvil!
They know their stuff too, it is exactly the right height (34”) for long duration work… Those of us who have spent large portions of a day preparing food, quickly discover good tables from bad! As little as a half inch too-high or too-low can cause back troubles, shoulder soreness, tendon strain in the elbows, wrists and hands… Even Leg and Foot Problems!
This one, is as good as they get… :)
11 January 2014

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 01-12-2014 04:18 AM

Beautiful block, And some great looking rosewood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 01-12-2014 04:28 AM

Can’t wait to see what you do with that beautiful Rosewood.
Old David is a hell of a guy, and obviously appreciated the help you gave him last year.

Another reason I hang around on this site.
Nice people.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#3 posted 01-12-2014 04:36 AM

Congrats on the gift!
It is obviously well deserved!!!

Thanks for sharing the butcher block.
I have a chef friend, that could really put something like that to good use.
My “to-do” list just got bigger!!!

Kudos, to David….
For being who he is!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 01-12-2014 04:49 AM

Oh I see something nice comin up

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 01-12-2014 05:01 AM

Glad things are working out for you. Nice job on the grocery list and looking forward to see a nice Rosewood project.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 01-12-2014 05:37 AM

Mike, glad your position at the hospital is working out. I spent a stint working as a butcher. Be careful of your fingers. That rosewood is lovely.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 01-12-2014 11:04 AM

All good things come in three’s Mike. In this case a great new job, a wonderful message board and a perfect chopping block. Life is good. I’m sure that you will turn that gorgeous rosewood into a beautiful project. Wait! that’s four good things. The more the better!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 01-12-2014 01:38 PM

Awesome, Mike! What lovely wood! And that butcher block is amazing! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#9 posted 01-12-2014 02:21 PM

Yeaaa that’s a ‘cutting board’...
Some one must have been happy, for the Christmas gifts this year.
David, sweet David, he is like no one else, like you. ;-)
The best of my thoughts to the two of you,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 01-12-2014 02:54 PM

that should dispel any worries about walnut
in cutting boards

you would have to eat the whole thing
to get sick

glad you like the rosewood
its hard to shop
for a guy that has their own shop


-- 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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#11 posted 01-12-2014 03:22 PM

Wood and butcher block very nice!

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#12 posted 01-12-2014 03:32 PM

That David, he’s one of a kind!!

Your Butcher’s Block reminded me of one in the USS Yorktown’s Galley. It was about the same size and shape but it had a really interesting construction- dovetailed end grain pieces!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 01-12-2014 08:18 PM

And then, there were four…

The Rosewood, straight off the Bandsaw… and after a little planing…

Thank You all for your time and comments!!

Lew: That thing is a Behemoth! Guess they didn’t have complete trust in the glue, adding those sliding dovetails? Either that, or they just could… so they did! That’s a Beauty!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#14 posted 01-12-2014 08:38 PM

looks good michael

just forgot to tell you
one of them is a bit wider (1/8”)
than the other
i didn’t want to waste more
just to even them to each other

and don’t forget to use your new inner faces
to the outside of the boxes
(if thats what you do with it)
so they match the best outside

-- 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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#15 posted 01-12-2014 08:51 PM

Yep, already saw that
When I cut them on the BS
there’s almost always one that’s thicker than the other
and the thicker one’s surface will be straightened out before the thinner one
so when the BS marks are all removed from the thicker one
I continue planing it along with the other one
(to keep them same thickness)
but planing off of the other side
so as to interfere with the Book-match
as little as possible…

Inside-out for wrap-around…
Got it, and right you are! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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