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Project by JL7 posted 07-09-2014 10:02 PM 1331 views 1 time favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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:

http://lumberjocks.com/JL7/blog/38509

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:

Parting shot:

Thanks for looking…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.





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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 07-09-2014 10:14 PM

That’s what you’ve been sanding, eh? They all came out looking sharp, Jeff, and I like the carved logo. Did you have any issues with gluing up the individual blocks, like movement during clamping?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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JL7

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#2 posted 07-09-2014 10:20 PM

Yes Don….lot’s of sanding…not all Maple is created equal, this stuff is rock hard…...

Didn’t have issues with movement, but I did make a boo boo and didn’t make the sticks perfectly square. They were off by about 0.010”. If you notice, the blocks are oriented in 2 directions, so this slight difference in thickness created some irregular lines in the board…...

How’s your “secret” project?

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Henry Mowry

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#3 posted 07-09-2014 10:23 PM

Craftsmanship is a wonderful thing. Lov’em!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com

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Don Broussard

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#4 posted 07-09-2014 10:25 PM

My “top secret” project is still a secret, even to me! I hope to get some shop time this weekend to start chopping stuff up. I might hit you up for some advice on cutting strips out of walnut.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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boxcarmarty

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#5 posted 07-09-2014 10:29 PM

Is that a waffle???

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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JL7

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#6 posted 07-09-2014 10:30 PM

Thanks Henry!

Don – Always glad to help if I can…...can’t wait to see what you come up with….

Yes Marty….

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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boxcarmarty

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#7 posted 07-09-2014 10:34 PM

I see an ultrasound image in #4. My shrink would be impressed with these…..

I’m going back to my room now…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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DIYaholic

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#8 posted 07-09-2014 10:54 PM

You sir are the “Chairman of the Board”!!!

Love the new “logo”....

We may need to have Marty’s prescription changed!!!

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

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lightcs1776

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#9 posted 07-09-2014 11:00 PM

Looks very interesting. I eally like the last two. It’s cool how the wood decides what the outcome will be. Did you always have that logo? If I am interpeting Randy’s comment, I would guess it is a recent addition. Very sharp.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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Gene Howe

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#10 posted 07-09-2014 11:17 PM

I do like those boards a lot.
Sweet looking, Jeff.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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palaswood

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#11 posted 07-09-2014 11:36 PM

Those are fantastic.

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA, http://instagram.com/palas_woodcraft#

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JL7

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#12 posted 07-09-2014 11:38 PM

Thanks guys….

Chris – it’s new – there’s a little note about that at the bottom of the post…...it’s Eddies fault….

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Doe

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#13 posted 07-09-2014 11:38 PM

Way cool! I think I see aliens in the last one.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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lightcs1776

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#14 posted 07-10-2014 12:11 AM

Ah, missed that when I originally read through it. Eddie is right, and is clearly a good infuence. Well, this time, anyway.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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Andy Ponder

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#15 posted 07-10-2014 12:20 AM

Wow! Nice!!

I did make the mistake of showing my wife the pics.

Comment was “Ohhh woww, I want you to make me one like that!”

I don’t think it will happen. :-)

-- AP--Unless you're the lead dog, the view never changes.

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