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Project by OldWrangler posted 53 days ago 613 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m just showing you my latest cutting board as an excuse to up-date the birds. A number of y’all seem to be following the progress of our family of Wrens in the steel wool bag. Yesterday 2 babies hatched. They are completely naked and pink like Box Elder. Their eyes as almost as big as their head and they are all mouth. Mom and Dad are making trips back and forth with food for them and she is still sitting on the remainder of the eggs. Oh, one more popped up this morning. They are really hard to photograph and I got a scolding this morning for being too close. Now I have backed off and am using what little telephoto this cheap camera has. Btw, the birds are fuzzy but not as bad as the picture. I’ll get better pics next time,

By the way, the cutting board is Staghorn Sumac cut in cross section. It’s bright yellow but any kind of finish I have tried darkens it. The oils are the worst. This has one coat of Rustoleum Clear Lacquer. and that’s gonna have to be it. Other side will be the useable side and with get 2-3 coats of mineral oil buffed out but it will be darker. See how the Sumac started out until the fininsh. Pretty stuff.

Gotta leave, big party this afternoon as my great grandson has his first birthday.

The new A/C in the shop is heaven, why did I ever wait this long?

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 53 days ago

Good job on cutting board. Sumac can have some crazy grain.

-- 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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grizzman

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#2 posted 53 days ago

that reminds me of a top i made for a box i made, except mine was walnut, mine sits on my dresser and i love to look at it all the time, but then again i love walnut…now to them birdies…aint they cute, i also had a nest of them right next to my one air conditioner…we didnt use it until they were all grown and flew away, we watched them the day they came out, it was so fun….it took them awhile to get the strength to fly, enjoy watching them george,

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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rad457

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#3 posted 53 days ago

That is what I would call real end grain! Love the look, may have to try that style myself!

-- Andre of Alberta. Finger Prints show your hands were on the wood.

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Underdog

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#4 posted 52 days ago

I’d be careful about that Sumac. I know a guy who spent months in the hospital because of cutting some. Had a severe reaction to it.

I’m saying that after I cut some and got the same warning…

I like the pattern it makes though.

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ralbuck

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#5 posted 52 days ago

Nice board!

-- just rjR

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OldWrangler

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#6 posted 52 days ago

Thanks Underdog. I had the same concerns especially since it was to be a cutting board. So I went online and did much research until I was sure that this would not present any problem. Turns out that Staghorn Sumac and Poison Sumac are very different woods. The toxic variety is Toxicodendron vernix and the Staghorn Sumac is Rhus typhina.

Members of the Rhus genus are not poisonous and some are sold as as spices and others as medicine. The Staghorn Sumac is a powerful antioxidant. Some Sumacs are made into a drink called Indian lemonade.

Apparently it is a safe wood to use but only if you are sure it is the right one. The poisonous one seldom grows any bigger than a big bush. Never big enough to make into lumber.

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason

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Rick

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#7 posted 52 days ago

Very Nice Work. Well Done! Thanks For Sharing.

Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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OldWrangler

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#8 posted 50 days ago

Quick update on the birds. Both parents are feeding almost round the clock. It’s sure doing my garden good, they keep bringing in big green caterpillars. I know those are probably consuming my garden and the more the birds eat, the better for me. Sometimes they will bring in a butterfly or moth but the catapillars are big and juicy with lots of protein for growing bodies. Still haven’t open their eyes yet but since seeing seems an imperative to good flight, I expect them to be looking at me soon.

Got plenty of time to watch birds. Broke my last band saw yesterday so I am waiting for more to come in. The planer is waiting for a new drive belt so it is also dismantled and the motor on my big sander is smoking so it has to be replaced. I’m looking for a good used 1/2 HP but I may have to give HF $109.00 out of my next govt. ”Entitlement” check. So all I can do is lay up some scrap for more cutting boards or band saw boxes. My coffee table of BKP is on hold as boards are rough and need planning before I start. The two tables have their last coat of poly and are ready to go the daughter’s house. Also waiting on a shipment of Red Cedar that was shipped on 6/4. If parts, blades and lumber come in today as planned I can get back in business. Meanwhile I sit on my stool at the workbench and watch birds, better than what is on TV.

When breakdowns happen, seems like everything goes at once. Maybe that’s better to get it all done at the same time. Y’all have a blessed day.

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason

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