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Hello,

I asked these forums for help on the project and finally got the direct answers that helped me finish it. I can’t wait to do another one and make it even better now that I have the right tools. Some people liked what I was working on so I thought I’d post more about it, and maybe get even more advice for round 2.

So this is a White Oak cookie my dad cut for me about a year ago. I let it sit in my shop for a year, and experimented with wet towels and flipping the sides, trying to not let it cup or warp too much. I used ratchet straps to hold it together. After about a year I finally got around to working with it, and I guess it had stabilized pretty good. I used a hand-power planar to plane one side (The small pathed side), but I kind of liked the chain saw marks on the other side (The broad pathed side) so I left them – although after staining, not so much.

Detailed Side

On the detailed side I used a dremel and a cutter bit because it’s what I had and I thought it would work. It kind of did, but not without struggle. On the advice of these forums I just bought a trim router and I am in love with the thing and will spend lots more money on more bits.

Anyhow, I power sanded it down to 220 before and after routing it. I stained it with just basic tan on the face of it. Then, my plan was to use basic brown stain for the troughs. Well, I spent an hour and had only filled in about 6×6 inches. So I slathered it over the whole thing with a big brush. It came out a little darker than I wanted, and I wish there was more contrast. That’s what I get for impatience, and I accepted that risk when I slathered it. I used paper towels to push some of the stain around because I wanted the heart wood to shine through.

I think I could do the stain a lot differently. For starters I think I can get away with staining the whole face first, while it’s easy, and then filling in the troughs later. I was forced by poor tools to create very narrow channels. I prefer the narrow channels, but I could go just a hair bigger. I’ve also bought some nicer brushes.

Broad Side

On the broad side I was burning up dremel bits and getting frustrated. Then I talked to you guys and bought a trim router and finished the upper half in record time, as well as recutting all the lower half. There are numerous defects, some are natural cracks, and some are where the dremel bit slipped and I channeled deeper than I meant to.

On this side the paths were easier to stain and I went tan in the troughs, and brown on the face. Speaking from a mazer’s perspective I’m not too happy with the maze on this side. The bottom half I struggled with tools and the top section I rushed. I wanted to make sure I’d have time to finish staining it, etc.. before Christmas. Also, I consider this a rough draft; I consider everything I do a rough draft.

The detailed side is a better representation of what I can draw. With my new trim router, if I take my time, I can do even better. Here’s a hand drawn maze just for say so.

I had some black paint laying around so I used it on the edge. next I got some leather lace from Michael’s, 75 feet of it. I soaked it and wrapped it around the circumference super tight, around 12 times. Hopefully that will be an artistic replacement for the ratchet strap. Oh yeah, I fed a little of wood glue in some of the cracks, but not enough to feel safe leaving it unbound.

I’ve asked my dad to line up some more cookies for me, and to cut them more evenly this time. He says there is still room on the stump of the tree, so that might be a post Christmas project for us.

So anyways, here are the pictures. The flash made the detailed side look brighter than it is. Let me know what you think. I guess it’s incomplete because I haven’t figured out what I’m going to mount it on or anything. It’s just this thing I’ve made.





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Manitario

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#1 posted 12-20-2017 05:35 AM

Very cool!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Chris

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#2 posted 12-20-2017 08:50 AM

Nice…patience I wish I had! I can appreciate the detail and all of the hours. Looking good!!!

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC. http://www.quackycalls.com

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#3 posted 12-20-2017 11:44 AM

I’ll be honest – it’s not my cup of tea BUT
I admire your tenacity, patience and talent. It wil certainly become somebodys cherished wall art

and welcome to LJ’s

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 12-20-2017 10:45 PM

I’ll just have to try harder and do better. I regard all my projects as rough drafts, but this one especially especially so.

That said, I know a whole bunch of lines isn’t always the most aesthetically pleasing thing. But it’s what I do.

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#5 posted 12-21-2017 12:54 AM



I ll just have to try harder and do better. I regard all my projects as rough drafts, but this one especially especially so.

That said, I know a whole bunch of lines isn t always the most aesthetically pleasing thing. But it s what I do.

- eyflfla

And you do it very well

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 12-21-2017 02:33 AM

I think it’s aesthetically pleasing in it’s own rite. One venture and path totally encapsulates the soul of one; yet completely confused by the other. Your’e doing what makes you happy. That’s what is important….keep doing what makes us happy. That’s the beauty of it all—its your soul fulfillment and mine that counts…keep chasing that if it is buried in lines.

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC. http://www.quackycalls.com

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