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Project by DMiller posted 10-18-2017 11:39 PM 1226 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is perhaps my most recent project, and also the hardest one I have ever attempted as I am 15 years old. It is a very large Olivewood breadboard consisting of 20 pieces of varying shapes of wood; it is 52 inches long (from handle to end), 15 inches wide, 1 inch thick and 22 pounds in weight. Why this project was difficult for me is that, one, I haven’t found a place to buy olivewood, as the friend who commissioned me to do it wanted olivewood. The only place I could get this wood was from my great uncle and aunt’s woodpile, which happened to be the buyers grandparents home before it was sold; the piece means a lot to her because she remembers playing in the trees the wood came from hen she was young. Second, because I do not have a bandsaw to mill the logs on, so I took up the task of milling it all with a handsaw; this took several months of free time. Once I had milled the logs into crude boards, I used my handheld planer to level the best I could. From there, using a miter saw, I cut the pieces to somewhat fit each-other and glued them together.

Once it was pieced together, American Lumber graciously leveled it on their drum sander. I then continued to cut the shape and sand till smooth. I then finished it with Howard’s Food Safe Cutting Board Oil. Overall, it was a fun time-consuming project that I am very pleased with. Thanks for looking!

(ps. I already know what I am selling it for, but what would some of you estimate its value to be? Thanks!)

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through him that strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."





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ralbuck

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#1 posted 10-18-2017 11:44 PM

Great project!

Good story too.

Good luck; if you only make $.25 per hour of your time you will still be ahea of video game time wasting

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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DMiller

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#2 posted 10-19-2017 12:13 AM



Great project!

Good story too.

Good luck; if you only make $.25 per hour of your time you will still be ahea of video game time wasting

- ralbuck

Thanks Ralbuck! I would agree it is better than wasting time with video games! Thanks!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through him that strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#3 posted 10-19-2017 03:28 AM

That is a wicked looking breadboard. I like the random boards and the olivewood is a great selection.Nice job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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DMiller

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#4 posted 10-19-2017 04:17 AM



That is a wicked looking breadboard. I like the random boards and the olivewood is a great selection.Nice job.

- doubleDD

Thanks Dave!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through him that strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#5 posted 10-19-2017 08:45 AM

Nice work, especially with the hand milling. That’s hard work!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#6 posted 10-19-2017 01:52 PM

Very impressive, I am going to share this with my students in hopes that your story inspires them. A word of warning, Woodworking is addictive.

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DMiller

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#7 posted 10-19-2017 01:59 PM

Thank you, Dave and TechTeacher! I would definitely agree, woodworking is very addictive! Thanks!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through him that strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#8 posted 10-19-2017 08:38 PM

Wow, sounds like you got to it the hard way, resawing with a hand saw is not for old fellas like me. I like the randomness of the board, and Olive can be pretty fetching stuff as your big board shows. Nice job. Never do it because it looks easy, do the things you know you will learn on. End of the day that makes you a better woodworker.

Congrats.

For price I look at things and say, hmmmmmm where did I just see one just like this one? Of course you didn’t so that makes it cost more. Something tells me you didn’t cash in on it though, and being paid can be done in a lot more than $$$$$$ Sometimes the satisfaction of providing someone you like/love with something they want is priceless. In a store a hundred bux minimum.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 10-19-2017 10:43 PM

Dale,

First up a great job, secondly what are you going to do with a 52” Breadboard?

I see a lot of perseverance has been used in creating the masterpiece.

I have no idea what is worth value wise its really dependent on the buyer but as mentioned earlier $25 per hour is a bottom line benchmark to work on.

For interest most of the “stuff” I make I either keep myself, or give away to family and friends, some I keep for a while and then I have a clean out and dump most of it.
So I am not a really good example to ask the business side of woodworking
People around my neighbourhood must love me !!

So what the next project?,...maybe a be hand made Ark?

I have a clean

-- Regards Robert

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DMiller

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#10 posted 10-20-2017 04:37 AM

Thanks for the comments, Steve and Robert! Also, Robert, my aunt wanted the board to set on her island bar top and serve snacks on when she has guests in her home. As for a hand made ark… I probably won’t make one, but it may be worth a try! Thanks again! Dale M.

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through him that strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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