Suit and Tie Cutting (Key) Board

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Project by hotncold posted 07-05-2014 12:17 AM 4731 views 50 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First I have to thank Jeff (JL7) Loken for his inspiration (“push forth and conquer”) and his assistance in providing his measurements for this project. (Thanks so much for your help Jeff).
The sapwood in the walnut created a “bowtie” effect and I decided to leave it. I’m calling this my “Suit and Tie” board!

I have to say this was the most difficult glue up I’ve done and as if I didn’t have it already, I now have a new admiration for Jeff’s original work.
I did add my own additional design element (don’t you have to?) by adding a display stand made from Walnut in the design of musical notes.

Although this project was challenging to me, I’m pleased with the end result.
Thanks again Jeff!!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#1 posted 07-05-2014 01:17 AM

Wow Dennie, this is absolute stunning! Great workmanship and it looks like you did well on the glue up. Added to favorites. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#2 posted 07-05-2014 01:23 AM

Spectacular work, be proud!

-- David, Norwood Mass,

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#3 posted 07-05-2014 02:47 AM

Excellent job.

Jeff is a good guy also.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 07-05-2014 03:01 AM

Great job!!!

The board is stunning. I do like how the “bow ties” appeared.
The addition of the “Music stand” is brilliant!!!

Yup, Jeff is talented and then some….
That and he is a great LJ & person!!!

-- 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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#5 posted 07-05-2014 04:12 AM

Hey Dennie,

Thanks for the shout out and what a great rendition of the board! The wood just commands the design and the bowties are cool. Great work on the glueup – really great.

The stand really sets it off…...

You are in over your head now…..there’s no turning back…...

Looking forward to your next creation…

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 07-05-2014 04:31 AM

Thanks Jeff but there’s no way I could have pulled this off without your help. Getting the relationship of the “keys” to each other was paramount and you did all of the legwork.

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#7 posted 07-05-2014 04:49 AM

But you nailed it….... :)

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#8 posted 07-05-2014 08:42 AM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#9 posted 07-05-2014 11:37 AM

awesome ,build Dennie,
Jeffs the man

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#10 posted 07-05-2014 11:50 AM

Dennie, fantastic build!! Your work makes us all want to strive to achieve the same level of success.

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#11 posted 07-05-2014 11:52 AM

Very nicely done. That is a complicated piece and you did it well.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 07-05-2014 02:00 PM

Turned out just perfect and I like the display stand also .
It’s nice to a have the coach like Jeff .

-- Kiefer

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#13 posted 07-05-2014 02:16 PM

Thanks Steve, Kiefer and everyone for the nice comments!

And Kiefer, you’re right about having a coach like Jeff (couldn’t have done this without his help), but the truth is, everyone on the site is my coach…they just don’t know it!

I don’t know what’s more addictive…the cutting boards or Lumberjocks website!!...:)

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#14 posted 07-05-2014 05:08 PM

In the words of Monte Python, ”Now for something really different!”, to which I add and beautiful!

Thanks for showing your project to us!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#15 posted 07-05-2014 06:24 PM

Nice looking keys Dennie. I just posted my first end grain board today, thanks to Jeff. I’ll do a few more simple ones before I try any of his fancier ones, such as this. Jeff is a nice guy, but he’s from Minnesota so…

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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