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Project by JL7 posted 07-04-2016 11:38 PM 1326 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple more end grain boards, in the first pic, the one on the left is Hard Maple and Purpleheart, and the right is Cherry and Black Walnut.

The goal was that the lighter background color would melt into the darker checker board pattern, and it mostly came true, but there is no getting around the “character” of the wood that tells on you…....

Also looking for more pleasing patterns as some of my boards get a bit busy. The patterns are simple, but the execution is trickier than it looks…...a good challenge for sure.

Here’s a few build photos:

Checker board strips.

Gluing up the strips, that’s 2 sets stacked up as all the strips were 1-1/4” square.

The boards were both glued up in individual 1-1/4” blocks.

Then the borders were glued on last.

The Cherry board has a border on it that I thought was Walnut (it came out of the Walnut scrap bin!!) but it seems to be a Cherry border on a Cherry board…......oops…....rookie mistake..

The Maple board has a few blocks with “extra character”........yep. While ripping stock, I was certain I had enough for 3 strips from each board…......wrong! Plan B initiated, and didn’t see the “character” until the mineral oil was applied.

Another brick in the wall…......

Have a happy 4th!

Thanks for looking.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA





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#1 posted 07-04-2016 11:55 PM

Always impressive sir.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 07-05-2016 12:15 AM

Jeff Pink Floyd would be honored ,good to see ya ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#3 posted 07-05-2016 12:22 AM

Very nice.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#4 posted 07-05-2016 12:24 AM

I always am impressed with your work. My wife summed it up in two words when I showed her … “oh, wow!”

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

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#5 posted 07-05-2016 12:33 AM

Looking good Jeff. Glad you’re getting therapy. I could use some, but I haven’t had shop time in weeks. Maybe next week.

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

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#6 posted 07-05-2016 12:45 AM

Thanks Monte…..wish I had your drive…...this would have been a one day project!

Eddie…..thanks man. Good to see you building stuff stuff too…...cool.

Mike the Termite…..Thanks!

Chris – appreciate the comments from you and your wife…..looking forward to see some turnings soon…..

Bill, you’re a busy guy, saw the car port pictures (trailer port?) pics….nice. I too want to know when the sawmill is showing up….!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#7 posted 07-05-2016 12:53 AM

Nice looking boards Jeff !
I like the simple patterns and have no problem with the variation in the end grain ,this is wood .

Klaus

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#8 posted 07-05-2016 01:22 AM

Thanks for stopping Klaus….....you should write a book….”this is wood”......you know it well…....!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 07-05-2016 02:18 AM

Jeff, nice boards…...a bit more sedate than your recent fare. I like them for their elegance and simplicity.

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#10 posted 07-05-2016 02:32 AM

Thanks John….that was the goal…

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#11 posted 07-05-2016 05:16 AM

If you like them, they are exactly what they should be.

FWIW, they look great to me, and I aspire to find time to do boards assembled like these. Well done!

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

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#12 posted 07-05-2016 06:33 AM

Interesting patern.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 07-05-2016 11:21 AM

Hey Jeff,
Good looking boards. Not wild or 3D but still a true wonder.
I like them.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 07-05-2016 12:26 PM

Nice boards and flashback of one of the many Pink Floyd concerts I attended. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#15 posted 07-05-2016 01:07 PM

Jeff, you have done a beautiful piece of work on these boards.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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