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Project by Jamie Speirs posted 06-30-2014 09:21 PM 1003 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is awee project that I’ve had in the back of my
mind for a while.
The top is Spalted Beech trimmed with some Mahogany
that came from some 150 old library shelves.
The bottom is also the same Mahogany with a 1/8” ply
base. It has copper pins, more for show.
Finished in my usual DO mixture.
The T-square was a bit of fun.
Birthday present for my wonderful DIL Jen.

Jamie

Picture #3 shows the 52 sq ft that I was given, on top of it is a
Shaker inspired wall cabinet but natural edge.
It is for my other DIL Anne, her birthday was Friday past. :(

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe





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stefang

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#1 posted 06-30-2014 09:53 PM

Great looking box and very well crafted Jamie. I can’t remember ever seeing spalted beech before. It’s beautiful and goes very well with the mahogany. You lost me on the #3 photo.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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BusterB

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#2 posted 06-30-2014 10:02 PM

Jaine- beautiful work guru. The woods seem to compliment each other very well and the design is functional as well. In american baseball lingo….a grandslam my friend.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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littlecope

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#3 posted 06-30-2014 10:32 PM

Very Nice old-fashioned “Lap Top” Jamie, Jen should Love it!
How big is it?
Looks like Anne’s Gift has a wee bit of work left to do on it my Friend… :)

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

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mafe

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#4 posted 06-30-2014 10:35 PM

I love it Jamie.
It is so cool and if I had a FIL that made me something like this I would die of joy.
Lovely work, I love the square.
A laptop for vintage architects. ;-)
Best thoughts my friend,
Mads

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

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BertFlores58

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#5 posted 06-30-2014 10:56 PM

Hi Jamie,
I just came back from southern part of Philippines. You never stop making functional gifts. Everytime the T-square along with that drawing board is use, you will be remembered.
Good to be back and see all those meaningful projects.
Thanks for the idea.

-- Bert

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 07-01-2014 12:07 AM

Very nice,Jjamie. A right handy drawing board- take with you anywhere!!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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rilanda

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#7 posted 07-01-2014 06:43 AM

very nice Jamie, well c rafted and a nice idea, love the Tee square.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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Blackie_

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#8 posted 07-01-2014 11:47 AM

What a great idea, very nice Jamie.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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BritBoxmaker

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#9 posted 07-01-2014 12:12 PM

Good board, Jamie and the sort of drawing aid that won’t fail you when the electric power does!

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

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 07-01-2014 01:48 PM

Jamie, this is a very nice project and very practical. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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DocSavage45

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#11 posted 07-01-2014 03:41 PM

It’s an eye-catcher! A T square and Drafting board are what I remember from High School. And built out of some pretty stable wood!

Actually I still use “em! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Schwieb

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#12 posted 07-01-2014 04:54 PM

This is very nice to see, especially in the day and age of everything going away from drafting. I’m am old school engineer. I took hours of hand drafting courses and still prefer it to this day.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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mcoyfrog

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#13 posted 07-01-2014 06:51 PM

Sweet, I started off drafting with a t-sqaure and now I have to use the computer, what memories this brings back, I love it.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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Sodabowski

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#14 posted 07-01-2014 10:14 PM

Very nice Jamie, bet she’s gonna love it.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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Jamie Speirs

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#15 posted 07-02-2014 12:12 PM

Mike that is a picture of the mahogany I was given with a new project
on top. A cabinet for Anne.

Mike it is, I’ll go measure :) 12” x 18” then 4” at the back and 3” at the front.

Thanks for all the nice comments it was a simple project that took under an
hour to make

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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