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Project by kiefer posted 11-26-2011 09:39 PM 3265 views 11 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the years I have seen many faces in disbelief when I showed them a thin end grain slice of red oak
and they could see light coming threw .
This morning I thought I would make a little strainer box and see how fluid would flow threw the tiny holes but I got the dado that holds the slice of oak a little too loose and the water drained mostly threw the dado joint.
While having a coffee I thought could I not use this in a box design and have airflow inside the box that is used for potpourri .
What do you think ,where else would this be useful ?


-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 11-26-2011 10:15 PM

That would be awesome idea Mr. Keiefer. I needed a dresser for my boy (13 Months). His room generally smells well…like a baby! I needed to come up with something that could do just what you pointed out…Smell great but inaccesible to my child. Incorporating this into my future design. Oh by the way, what type of wood is not too costly and compliments South American Mahogany? Thanks again! -Paul

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#2 posted 11-26-2011 11:16 PM

That’s cool. How about making a wall sconce using thin end grain like this ?

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 11-26-2011 11:23 PM

Maybe you could make a lampshade like this.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 11-27-2011 02:47 AM

Night lights, Accent lights, cabinet lighting, covering for indirect lighting….. your light bulb is deninately on!

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#5 posted 11-27-2011 03:16 AM

If you cut a 6” long piece of Red Oak “straight grained” and dip one end into bubble blowing soap. You can actually blow bubbles with it. well, it’s more like blowing foam but it’s pretty cool none the less…


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#6 posted 11-27-2011 06:44 AM

Hey Kiefer, you read my mind. But as you made it first it is your idea.
I have thought for a few years about making a night light or something. Perhaps the bottom of a table lamp with a low watt bulb inside the base. But to make it not so fragile, soak the slice in epoxy, put between sheets of glass? any other ideas.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#7 posted 11-27-2011 01:22 PM

Or get some nice pieces of Veneers. I need to take a picture, have a wiskey box with a sliding plexi front, behind that I inserted a piece of Veneer. Ash I think, an LCD bulb you have an accent light no heat.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#8 posted 11-27-2011 05:55 PM

Well there is some great ideas coming from you guy’s !
Keep them coming .
Let’s hear about other woods that could be used for this .

Paul go to the lumber store and put some woods side by side and I am sure you will find what ” you ” like.
Trust your instinct !


-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 11-27-2011 07:36 PM

What a great post and great ideas I like it!

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

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#10 posted 11-27-2011 10:44 PM

We had “lamps” following this principle on a charity sale. They were lighted by tea lights from the inside. In our case it was pine (obviously planed on the outside). They had a very warm, reddish color. They were simply called “end grain lanterns” (this is of course a translation; originally: “Hirnholzlampe”)

Looks very nice! Have fun with your ideas!

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#11 posted 12-14-2011 02:11 AM

Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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