|Project by Smiley||posted 09-16-2009 09:10 AM||2374 views||4 times favorited||13 comments|
This is a project I started A while ago but I am happy to say it is now finished. I enjoy the game backgammon and Beat my computer regularly at it. I have even been known to beat other players on occasion. One day looking for a new challenge I decided this would be a good learning experience for doing inlays and creating my own. I never thought it would come out like this. The only parts of this project that were bought were the Magnets I used as a catch to keep it closed and the hinges. I Had just done some fairly serious pruning of some cedar and oak on my Mother-in-laws property and figured it would be good for all the small pieces needed for this project. So I also got to learn how to mill my own stock. The only trick was it had to be small enough to mill on the table saw. Well because of the nature of the wood I was using it took on a rustic feel but I think it works very well. While milling I found I had two different types of oak. (at least I think they are both oak) I had a rather dark oak and a very white oak. Add in the Red cedar tones and this project just came together. One more minor detail was the wood I was using had some worm tracks and I decided to fill them with putty but I used some blue food coloring to die it then put it in. The effect is a bit like filling with turquoise but on a far cheeper scale. I think it worked well.
The pieces were fun but time consuming as the are just sliced branch of both the cedar and oak. I had two or three nights in front of the tv with a piece in one hand and some sandpaper in the other taking off the rough edges and setting off my wife’s allergies. The dice rollers were one long block cut in half then using a forstner bit I hallowed them out. Later I made a long sanding drum out of a think dowel and chucked it into the drill press to smooth out the rough cut. I also got bored one night when I say a semi cube of cedar cut-off and decided this can be my multiplier die. So I carved in the numbers painted it black sanded off the surface to leave the numbers behind an whalla… I found out I am not the best carver…Yet…
The back side of the board was tricky for me as I wanted to do something unique but not over power the piece. So in the end I decided to do a checker board. I used center-cut end-grain and for a boarder I found the Oak bark when sanded down a bit had some very interesting texture. To break it up a bit, and since I just read an article on it, I made a banding strip to put into the field as well. Looking back it kinda stands out a bit to much for my taste but hey it was a learning experience. So to cut this short (I know too late) Please let me know what you think.
P.S. If I had it to do again I could probably whip one out in about a week working for about 6-7 hrs a day so if anyone out their has any experience selling stuff like this what type of a price would you put on it. I ask as I am horrible at pricing my own work and always go too low. Not that I would ever sell this one… Unless the next one is better…. Nahhhh…
Now that this is a contest entry I guess I should explain why this is a nice yin yang Piece. Well not only does it have contrasting colors but the two primary woods I used in it not only naturally come in two colors, which were both highlighted in the piece, but the two woods are night and day to each other as cedar is a very soft wood and Oak is a rather hard wood. The two however mate very well in this game box which is also not only rustic but the yang to that yin is its finely crafted and inlaid interior. Not to mention I used all parts of the Raw wood stock from the center out to the Bark. So this bad boy has Yin coming out of its Yang everywhere you turn.
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