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Project by gfadvm posted 10-12-2011 09:34 PM 2545 views 14 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was bored last weekend so thought these would be a quick/fun project using up some of my scraps. It was fun but it wasn’t quick! Very tedious cutting all those small parts. The wood was planed to 1/8” with my Ridgid planer (No problem planing 1/4” strips this thin). Then all cut to size SAFELY using super sled on table saw. Finished with BLO and Renissance wax. Woods used: Oak, Brazilian Cherry,Walnut,Pink Mesquite, and Hedgeapple (Osage Orange,Bois de Arc), as well as maple. I can’t decide if I like the mixed wood ones or the all the same wood ones. What do you all think?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#1 posted 10-12-2011 09:59 PM

I like them all.

Do you have a plan you can share? I would love to make a few of these.

Very nice work.


-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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will delaney

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#2 posted 10-12-2011 10:55 PM

They look great. I like the ones with the two different woods it gives a nice contrast. I would also like to see the plans if you have them. This is a great way to clean up some nice scraps that you just can’t let go. Thanks Will

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#3 posted 10-12-2011 10:59 PM

They’re all fantastic, but I like the two-tone, high contrast ones the best. Really nice work, Andy! I’d be interested in the plans as well.

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#4 posted 10-12-2011 11:43 PM

Nice work. I too vote for the mixed woods.

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 10-13-2011 02:38 AM

Very nice holders!!!!!!! I like your design. They should sell well!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 10-13-2011 02:42 AM

My vote is for the walnut maple combo or the all cherry piece but what I was really hoping to see was the BEAVER wood model! (Know you love it {and them} so much).

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

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#7 posted 10-13-2011 03:15 AM

The Wood Magazine Issue I got this idea from is Sept. 2004, page 98. I changed the way some of the parts were made as I thought my way was better/easier to make. My ‘sides’ are 3 pieces rather than the 1 piece in their design. Thanks for your interest and kind comments.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 10-13-2011 04:00 AM

Great looking work!!! Do you have a guess-timate just how long it took to make this set?

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#9 posted 10-13-2011 05:25 AM

ALA-Pete – I’m not proud of it but I started on Sat. and finished on Wed. It went a lot slower than I anticipated BUT I didn’t make them all at once (a mistake). I made 2 to see how they turned out, then made 6 more, then finally smartened up and cut all the parts for the rest. This sped things up. It took 4 hours to make the first 2 (but I was Learning!). I actually made more but didn’t post the duplicates.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 10-13-2011 09:25 AM

Great work, all of them, I’d lioe to have one ion my desk

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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David Grimes

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#11 posted 10-13-2011 11:43 AM

Really nice. Yes, both the mixed and the same wood versions are great. My favorite is front and center.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#12 posted 10-14-2011 03:15 AM

bluekingfisher – That can be arranged! They are all for sale. David – I think that one is Jatoba (Braz Cherry) and maple (can’t be sure from the pic). Thanks for all the kind words guys. Compliments from fellow woodworkers keep my hope up!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 12-03-2011 02:36 AM

Great project! Thanks for posting, they are a great idea.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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