|Project by Dan'um Style||posted 10-07-2007 02:45 AM||5674 views||13 times favorited||32 comments|
Thanks for looking at my project.
yellowheart, wenge from Africa and Black cherry from Memphis.
About 12 years ago we lived in Bartlett, Tennessee which is a suburb of Memphis. In the Sunday paper we noticed a classified ad for cherry and walnut lumber @ a dollar a board foot. Never missing a wood bargain, we called, got directions and drove into southern Memphis to take a look at it. Seller met us at an old shed across the street from an old church. Shed was stuffed with rough-cut boards of cherry and walnut. Dusty, and undisturbed for many years it really looked like a mess. Not to go home empty handed my son and I dug through the pile of lumber, finding the best of the bunch. We came up with pretty big pile, about 140 bft.
When the seller was helping us load the wood into the pickup he told us about the wood. The trees came from accross the street and once were on the grounds of the Babtist Church. He said he was the minister of the church and the trees were blown down many years earlier by a tornado. When we were about done loading he told us the trees were special, .... special because Martin Luther King had once visited the church and prayed while under the trees. Story stuck to the wood and has followed it everywhere since. I made many items from that lumber, a shaker clock, a chair, dresser, boxes and now cutting boards for the save the children event.
Mockup for this cutting board was designed in sketchup … link.... shown in previous posting.
Yesturday evening, while my wife is working late, I started a batch run of cutting boards for the save the children fund raizing event. Cut strips of yellowheart and wenge left over from my FWW inspired table project … link... ( save every little stck … grin). ; enough to make about 4 cutting boards.
Board is oddly shaped and about 8×6 inches. Originally 8.5×8.5 but in my haste in the glue-up, a few of the blocks were miss aligned and when I fed the board the board throught the drum sander it was taking forever to get everything flush so I fed the board through the planer. Not usually a problem except the yellowheart squares are set in on the-end-grain. Not a good idea to run it the through the planer. End grain edges tore out like crazy. So much that the only way to salvage it was on the table saw. Lesson learned.
Will post pictures photos of the full size boards when I get em done. Could’nt wait to post this project and I had been waiting for the right time to post the knives anyway.
Knives are kits or knife blanks I bought on ebay. Handles are wenge offcuts. Fun project too.
-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain