Scraps of Oak Desk Set with a Porpoise in mind

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Project by Doug posted 1095 days ago 1200 views 10 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This set of three oak pieces were made as a gift for our friend who lives in Rhode Island a retired teacher. It was made from scraps of oak left over from old oak doors I had in my kitchen when I remade new ones. There is a strip of walnut glued between two pieces of oak to form the top as a wave.The original design was one I had seen years before in WOOD. So just a little scroll saw work and glue were all I needed. The finish is coat of linseed oil, two coats of shellac,,sanded and wiped…two coats of lacquer,,,steel wool with lemon oil. The boxes are for letters, pencils and maybe stamps or addresses torn from envelopes.

-- Doug, Long Island, Winterwood

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#1 posted 1095 days ago

I really love the technique you used on the box lid. Nice job on them all.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 1095 days ago

Nice project and a gift anyone would treasure. I like the way you repeated the wave theme through all pieces to “bond” the set. (Would have made a great Gorilla Glue entry.) My favorite projects come from re-cycled wood.

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#3 posted 1095 days ago

This is definitely an idea worth stealing. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 1095 days ago

A box with a purpose! What an idea and so well done too! I like them a lot! Can I borrow your idea, if I promise not to copy them exactly, Capt?

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#5 posted 1095 days ago

Nice project Nice job

-- skip I'm a maine maniac

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#6 posted 1093 days ago

Nice desk set and design adaptation throughout !
Very well done .

Thanks for showing this project


-- Kiefer 松

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#7 posted 1089 days ago

Thank you for all the wonderful comments….the idea is simple and anyone can use this technigue easily. In fact I am presently building three more boxes as gifts with a different pattern to cut out on the scroll saw.. one is a anchor, a sail boat and a rose. I am trying maple, padouk, and ash. Easy to find a pattern from d/l clip art

-- Doug, Long Island, Winterwood

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