I had to try this-sort of

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Project by robert triplett posted 07-09-2010 02:05 AM 2029 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw a post by WoodSmithShop and had to attempt it. I really like these 3-D boards. They are fun to give away to friends. I will have to buy a much better sled before I try another because some of my cuts weren’t accurate. I did it as two halves and when I joined them where the middle maple diamonds are, they did not quite match. I added a Madrone piece that is thicker than the board to each end. It elevates the board off of the table. I don’t know why! I put a little strip of Bloodwood on the other sides. Bloodwood and Curly Maple are the main woods. It is about 14” square without the 2” border. Mineral Oil and Wax as a finish. It is still wet! I was working on this as I made some medium size boards for a craft show this weekend. A few pics of those since I have room!! Last week, a few people asked for these. It seems the big (12×18) boards are sometimes too big. I only has two for sale.
Thanks for looking Robert

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#1 posted 07-09-2010 02:22 AM

a good looking board, if i do say so myself,lol also good looking additions on the sides and ends., I also had some alignment issues, if you don’t mind my asking, what do you sell your boards for? it seems you cannot get enough after you figure your time.

-- Smitty!!!

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#2 posted 07-09-2010 02:44 AM

Nice boards, I get looking at the 3 D board and my eyes go crazy.


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#3 posted 07-09-2010 03:19 AM

Now you have really done it… no turning back now…
Hey Smitty if you can’t get at least a C – note … just give them away for Xmas… LOL

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#4 posted 07-09-2010 04:02 AM

Nice looking boards. Very will done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#5 posted 07-09-2010 10:54 AM

Very nice set of boards you have here! Keep it up.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 07-09-2010 02:03 PM

Very nice. You are being a bit to critical of yourself, me thinks. Of course that is what makes the next ones better, but Gosh, these are nice. The bloodwood to maple transition is beautiful. I need a trip to the wood store.

How were the glue-ups?


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 07-09-2010 04:02 PM

I must say, that I feel very flattered over this, it is like looking at my own board with a couple of very nice additions. I felt I could not sell mine because of the misalignment problems, but they are unavoidable, because with every angled cut you make, a small amount is taken up with the saw kerf, keeping the angles from lining up perfectly, my daughter was willing to gladly take it off my hands, but I am not sure anyone would be willing to pay high dollar for these imperfections, even though they are just part of the process. there may be a better way to go about the process, it could be worth looking into. maybe Robert can figure it out.
Steve, if you are asking me about the glue ups, they were not bad, since I started using the Wood River Clamps, they keep the boards flatter while gluing.
Thank You Robert, I am flattered.

-- Smitty!!!

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#8 posted 07-09-2010 04:30 PM

Wow Robert beautiful and so well done.

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#9 posted 07-09-2010 05:02 PM

Steve, I agree with Smitty that the glue ups were not too hard. Just the frustration of dealing with mis aligned lines. I used my drum sander to deal with unevenness and the board got thinner quickly. I am amazed that it all looks so good when I clamp it up and then somehow moves a bit in the clamps. More attention to cauls may be needed. Of course, I’m still using Pipe clamps!
Smitty, I hadn’t really considered the effect of the saw kerf even though I have for other projects. I will have to consider bigger pieces and then trimming to all the same size. My two big glue ups were also not square. I agree about selling these. I can see the imperfections and I think a customer would after a while. My wife just sees the cool pattern you made. I see the joint problems.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#10 posted 07-09-2010 05:18 PM

I found that after cutting my strips, there was some unevenness in the width, so I trimmed them to size, then noticed that the more I trimmed them the more misaligned they become, so the less trimming the better, also the thinner kerf blades work best. a band saw would be best if you could get a straight enough cut, but I am not able to get it that straight.

-- Smitty!!!

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#11 posted 07-09-2010 05:56 PM

Robert nice work, and good luck in selling them

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#12 posted 07-09-2010 08:43 PM

All beautiful boards I can appreciate the difficulty.

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#13 posted 10-12-2010 02:07 AM

Very well done and a nice selection of woods : )

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