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Mesquite Burl - Book matched serving/cutting board and a Pen

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Project by Lalen posted 09-05-2017 02:14 AM 2953 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These mesquite burl off-cuts were thrown in with a batch of wood I bought off of craigslist a few months ago. I finally took a good look and saw that 2 pieces were book-matched and when I put them together it had natural handle formed at the small so I figured, cutting board!

You can see I left a live edge around the handle and down the side a bit. It just got too wide and long so I squared it up for the business end.

I was able to make several pen blanks from my trimmings, so while the glue dried I turned a bolt action pen. I think it looks pretty good too!

-- Lalen, Texas. "If it looks straight, it is straight" Jimmy Diresta





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JMillerWoodworks

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#1 posted 09-05-2017 03:17 AM

Looks Great! Very well done and pretty wood!

-- - Joel Miller "Striving to be like the Carpenter of Galilee"

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John

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#2 posted 09-05-2017 03:51 AM

That worked out well!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#3 posted 09-05-2017 04:15 AM

Excellent job! They were begging to be this. You served them well Lalen.

-- http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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Lalen

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#4 posted 09-05-2017 12:35 PM

Thanks Joel. I agree that the wood is awesome! Lucky find!


Looks Great! Very well done and pretty wood!

- JMillerWoodworks


-- Lalen, Texas. "If it looks straight, it is straight" Jimmy Diresta

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Lalen

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#5 posted 09-05-2017 12:36 PM

It sure did! Thanks John.


That worked out well!

- John


-- Lalen, Texas. "If it looks straight, it is straight" Jimmy Diresta

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Lalen

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#6 posted 09-05-2017 12:40 PM

Thanks k17hy,

It was pretty obvious! my first project with some live edge, kind of fun.


Excellent job! They were begging to be this. You served them well Lalen.

- ki7hy


-- Lalen, Texas. "If it looks straight, it is straight" Jimmy Diresta

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 09-05-2017 01:24 PM

What a beautiful cutting board and this piece of wood is so outstanding.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Sodabowski

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#8 posted 09-05-2017 08:28 PM

Looks more like crotch than burl to me, but sure looks great! Lovely pen too!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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