So many little pieces-so much patience

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Project by amagineer posted 08-30-2011 12:56 AM 2188 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We all accummulate that box of little leftover pieces of exotic wood and hate to toss them, because we may just need it someday. I decide to spend some time cutting and gluing up the leftovers, and this is what came out of it. There are 221 pieces total, 12 different exotic hardwoods. Black Walnut-Ambrosia Maple-Paduck-Shedua-Yellowheart-European Beech-Purpleheart-Bocate-Santos Mahogany-Goncalo Alves-Anigre-Makore. It measures 12×12 x 1 3/8 and finished with salad bowl finish and mineral oil/beeswax. The gluing took a few more steps then normal but it came out okay. I am going to be givening this to a woman volunteer who I met a few weeks ago who sits all day watching another elderly woman with dementia.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#1 posted 08-30-2011 01:02 AM

Nice work and +1 for the good deed.

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#2 posted 08-30-2011 01:10 AM

Very nice and for a good cause as well – good for you! Love using up the scraps – I’m a big fan…....


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#3 posted 08-30-2011 01:13 AM

Great pattern and color combination! The only thing I’m not sure of is the mixed grain orientation for the long haul. Also a wonderful gesture for the lady volunteer this will be given to.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 08-30-2011 01:26 AM

Very nice board, seems to have a strong art deco motif.

-- Smitty

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#5 posted 08-30-2011 01:54 AM

My, that is a handsome board. I really like it.
Good job.
And it looks like it is going to a good cause. I am sure she will love it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 08-30-2011 02:28 AM

Wow that is nice. makes me want to try one but I might have to start a simpler.

-- Couldn't think of anything clever. I LIKE WOOD

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#7 posted 08-30-2011 02:33 AM

very cool great job shows alot of talent and alot of patience in the glue up also a wonderful gesture for a wonderful person!!! you both get an a+!!!!

-- freighttrain,ky

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#8 posted 08-30-2011 04:44 AM

I’m glad that your brain can handle twelve different grains, make them look good and still function – mine can’t. Good patience to you and also as you said “because we may just need it someday”. Dementia is hard.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#9 posted 08-30-2011 10:40 AM

What’s not to like.. a great board will lots of little pieces of great timber and a great woodworker putting it all together and making someone happy as well..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#10 posted 08-30-2011 10:43 AM

Great board and very thoughtful. I love making things for people who do good thinge for others. Well done.

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

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#11 posted 08-30-2011 02:04 PM

a great use of those left over pieces

you found a beautiful pattern

and giving it
to someone that gives of herself

is priceless

well done

both of you

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#12 posted 08-30-2011 09:46 PM

Nice job…that’s what it should look like. Did you plane it? Even with end grains?

That’s a terrific reason to give this to another.

-- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -- Mark Twain

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#13 posted 08-30-2011 11:41 PM

Thanks all for the wonderful comments. I was unsure how it was going to come out with so many different woods. Yes, I did plane it with the end grains, but I was very careful to only plane off about .008 per pass. Last month I put an end grain CB thru the planer and bent the blades trying to plane too much and had to wait a month for the spare parts. I guess it was a months worth of hand sanding that sticks in the back of my mind to go slow.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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