Waving Wheat from Kansas

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Project by emcoon posted 11-13-2016 03:32 AM 888 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first ever project…maybe three years ago. Made from plywood, a jigsaw, and grandma’s $6 palm sander. I had a new jig saw sitting in my closet and a week off for Christmas, so my best friend in Phoenix got a little reminder of Kansas.

I had no idea what I was doing when I started. Zero experience with wood, really, besides home repairs. The sketch made everything look easy enough, until I realized how fun it wasn’t to run a jigsaw for hours on end. Half way through, we had to fly to Austin to visit family, so all the loose pieces went into a suitcase, and then I got to run a palm sander into the ground in Texas. Yeah, my sister held it upside down while I waited as 1/1000th of an inch came off at a time. My fingers will never be the same, and neither will the sander. You can see in one of the photos where I started before sanding, and then where I ended up. This was my first lesson in patience with the initial cut. Patience now, or pay later (in sanding).

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#1 posted 11-13-2016 06:03 AM

I love it! I grew up working in the wheat fields of North Central Oregon. Yours reminds me of the old club head wheat, Moro. They don’t grow that anymore. I remember and still love watching the waves thru the wheat fields as the wind blew. As a kid, I could tell you the different grains by the colors of the fields. Wonderful memories of my youth. Thank You!

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#2 posted 11-13-2016 06:29 PM

Difficult start but I like the ingenuity of an inlay in the cutting board. I think I will try it on one of my next boards.

As a suggestion for the future; Using a router with template guides could both cut the relief in the cutting board for the inlay and also cut the pieces precisely to fit from the wood being used for the pattern.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 11-13-2016 06:51 PM

I do like the look of the wheat!

Nice job.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 11-13-2016 09:03 PM

I’ve seen alot worse from people with all modern tools. For a first start with using the wrong tools you have done well

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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#5 posted 11-14-2016 01:30 PM

Very good project and very brave of you to strat with cutting board with inlays.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 11-14-2016 06:37 PM

Nice work on that inlay project. Good final result!

Keep the projects coming!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 11-16-2016 03:10 AM

BurlyBob, your story melted my heart! I’m so glad this brought you some good memories! It makes it all worth it! And thank you all for your words of encouragement! I was nervous to post my first project, but I suppose we all have to start somewhere!

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#8 posted 11-17-2016 10:09 PM

Great project. Welcome to Lumberjocks!

The only thing that’ll stop you from learning more on this website is tired eyes ;-)

-- Pete

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