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Project by Blackbear posted 02-06-2015 06:25 PM 2595 views 14 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometimes family requests interesting things. Here is a live edge Black Walnut light switch cover I made. I freehand routed the back relief so its not perfectly straight. The whole thing definitely has a very rustic look, I like it and want to make one for my shop.





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#1 posted 02-06-2015 11:07 PM

Pretty sweet and elegant, this is a new one.

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#2 posted 02-07-2015 02:38 AM

Very interesting… Am I correct in assuming that you make them from sections of limbs? If you are, that is great, in as much as limbs usually wind up getting burned since there is so much tension in them (as I found out to my dismay many years ago) that sawing them can be dangerous.

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#3 posted 02-07-2015 01:32 PM

That’s pretty cool!

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#4 posted 02-07-2015 09:16 PM

OldEd, I did make this from a branch of a tree, my dad’s firewood actually :P. I didn’t find the branch to have too much tension, I cut it half way or so through on the table saw then finished with a hand saw. This is where I wish I had a band saw. Someday.

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#5 posted 02-08-2015 12:36 AM



OldEd, I did make this from a branch of a tree, my dad s firewood actually :P. I didn t find the branch to have too much tension, I cut it half way or so through on the table saw then finished with a hand saw. This is where I wish I had a band saw. Someday.

- Blackbear

I tried this once, and the piece I was cutting warped very badly as I was cutting it. I wound up having to split the remaining piece with a chisel in order to free the blade – it seized up the blade and stalled the motor. On the other hand it was a rather large piece of an old oak which had to come down. I picked up a piece of the limb that one of the town’s road crew was sawing up with a chain saw so he could take it home for firewood. Now he was cross-cutting – I was attempting to “resaw” it. I was going to have to take two cuts to get through the piece – maybe that was the problem: I was releasing part of the stress and the residual in the uncut portion was the cause of the problem.

I do know that my father was more than a little ticked off when he found me trying to split the piece while it was on the saw. But we got it off without too much damage. I did have to buy a new blade – we (read “I”) dinged it when I made the last cut to free it.

This was half a century ago – saw blades weren’t anything like they are today back then. Neither were saws, or at least saws that a home-owner could afford.

You give me hope. I do have a band-saw, and sharp blades. I’ll give it a try when I get the chance.

Do you sell them? If so, how do they move?

-- OldEd

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#6 posted 02-09-2015 01:13 PM

OldEd,

Scary stuff when wood stalls your TS! I would much rather cut them on a band saw for sure. I haven’t sold any yet but may make up a batch and try them out.

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#7 posted 06-29-2015 01:38 AM

Great Idea !!

Thanks for posting

Dave

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