Boo Boo

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Project by Dusty56 posted 01-23-2010 04:09 AM 3697 views 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well , sooner or later we all will make a boo boo. : (
While attempting to make a unique board for a friend of mine…I slipped a wee bit with my router and screwed it all up on the final pass… I was in the process of using up my scrap pile and vowed not to cut any fresh wood just for a cutting board. What you see here is a piece of Cherry that was the only correct size POScrap that I had left. Although the grain is going the wrong direction , it was full of figure and gave me a chance to use my DeWalt biscuit joiner and also see how clean of a joint I could make…..lucked out this time : )
Prior to the addition of the Cherry , the board was Maple with Bubinga accent strips and I had already routed the juice groove into it. The biggest challenge at that point was to seamlessly route the groove into the Cherry as well. Again I lucked out : ) So what do you think …should I trash it and start all over again or present it to the unsuspecting victim as is ? Majority rules , so cast your vote please …I won’t be offended…..thank you : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#1 posted 01-23-2010 04:12 AM

Unique fix.

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#2 posted 01-23-2010 04:16 AM

Give it to them, it’s one of a kind and you meant to do it this way.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#3 posted 01-23-2010 04:17 AM

That is called “abstract” woodworking!!! You know when a coin is mis-stamped? That is how I would explain it!! Put your name on it, and in a few hundred years, it will be worth a fortune on Antiques Roadshow!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#4 posted 01-23-2010 04:19 AM

now this is just me…but i don’t think i could give it to him knowing the error…it just doesn’t click..maybe if the other end was a like…im the kind that needs balance..i don’t know…i just don’t think i could do it…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 01-23-2010 04:20 AM

So where is the mistake??? Seriously, I had to reread your post to see it. I think it looks great. You wanted a unique board, right? Now you have one.

-- Janice

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#6 posted 01-23-2010 04:24 AM

its not a mistake, its a Feature™

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#7 posted 01-23-2010 04:33 AM

The question is…....Can you sleep at night knowing you gave a less than intended piece to a friend? If the answer is yes, then give it.

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#8 posted 01-23-2010 04:41 AM

it looks so wrong… that it’s GOTTA be a feature. :)

it really does draw your focus and makes you appreciate the details more. I say present it as is. very unique.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 01-23-2010 04:52 AM

Do you think they’ll appreciate the craftmanship it took to make that joint? It looks perfect.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#10 posted 01-23-2010 04:59 AM

grizzman and’ve both caught onto my exact frustrations with this piece ! It is way out of balance for my own personal tastes and also knowing how cool it looked before the accident really is causing me a wee bit of anxiety…Thank you for your honest opinions…
My other friends that have seen it seem to like it because it is so different .
I have actually sold uglier(to me) pieces that people couldn’t buy fast enough. “To each his / her own”.
I guess it would be a boring world if we all liked the same stuff….
I think I might test the waters and show it to my friend as “just something that I whipped up” and see what he thinks about it….I’ll see if he notices that it’s the exact size that he’s been looking for and go from there. Damn juice groove !!! LOL

Thank you for all of the positive support that the rest of you have given to me ! : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 01-23-2010 05:24 AM

Beautiful. I like the colour, stripes and woodgrain character – a perfect match.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#12 posted 01-23-2010 05:27 AM

You could have made it shorter, but I like it the way it is.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#13 posted 01-23-2010 05:34 AM

The juice grooves had already been cut as mentioned in my post , which would have been awfully messy to use with no ends on it , Jack….(think waterfall )...thank you for the idea though LOL

I am happy that you like it : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 01-23-2010 06:01 AM

I think the beauty of woodworking is not achieving perfection, but being perfectly imperfect…that we can cover our flaws with a little imagination.
That being said, I just showed this post to my wife who is my biggest fan and also my best critic. She thinks the cherry is too heavy.
Personally, I like it and I would leave it, but as an option you could consider rip cutting the side with the maple and put a matching piece of cherry on it.

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#15 posted 01-23-2010 07:03 AM

I love the Assymetricality of the piece…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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