|Project by JL7||posted 07-09-2014 10:02 PM||2239 views||1 time favorited||33 comments|
This is a collection of 5 Hard Maple boards and were built “freestyle” where the pattern is created one block at a time.
The back story: There is a wonderful retired gentleman living near by that had a huge stash of locally harvested Hard Maple air drying in his barn for (I don’t remember) many years….
He gave me a great deal on the boards, but he is old school, and doesn’t allow any “cherry picking” so you must take every board in order regardless of twists, knots, checks…..etc. Well these are some of those boards that you’d rather have left in the stack.
Those boards have been here for quite some time and while re-stacking the various lumber piles that become unruly, the old Maple spoke to me…..not sure I interpreted what it was telling me or not, but it is was it is…...
First task was to rip, cut or tear the chunks into manageable sized pieces:
Then a bunch of glue-ups to make 1.5” square sticks:
Easier said than done (for me) – I built a story stick so I could label each piece prior to cross-cutting 1-1/4” blocks:
After cross-cutting – you can flip the pieces over to see what bits you get to choose from when creating your “masterpieces” .... :)
The gluing process pretty much follows this blog I did awhile back:
On a side note, my LJ Buddy Eddie inspired me to create a new brand for my work, and are carved on the mini CNC:
Thanks for looking…..
-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA