|Project by Dan'um Style||posted 03-06-2008 02:34 AM||2721 views||3 times favorited||13 comments|
A few days back another lumberjock (mr woody) posted a nice back scratcher. My wife the Peggster saw it and let me know it was a must have.
I saved the previous posting to my favorites … and well after about an hour in the shop here it is.
Made from Memphis “Martin Luther King” cherry.
Finish is seedlac shellac.
Started with a 1×1 x 20-something cherry offcut. Sketched out the squigglie shape with a black sharpie.
Bandsaw, tape, and belt sander are the primary tools used.
Sanded to 400 grit.
Teeth on scratcher formed with dremel..
wood story … for those who have read it before it is ok to skip this part
About 12 years ago we lived in Bartlett, Tennessee which is a suburb of Memphis. In the Sunday paper we noticed a classified ad for cherry and walnut lumber @ a dollar a board foot. Never missing a wood bargain, we called, got directions and drove into southern Memphis to take a look at it. Seller met us at an old shed across the street from an old church. Shed was stuffed with rough-cut boards of cherry and walnut. Dusty, and undisturbed for many years it really looked like a mess. Not to go home empty handed my son and I dug through the pile of lumber, finding the best of the bunch. We came up with pretty big pile, about 140 bft.
When the seller was helping us load the wood into the pickup he told us about the wood. The trees came from accross the street and once were on the grounds of the Babtist Church. He said he was the minister of the church and the trees were blown down many years earlier by a tornado. When we were about done loading he told us the trees were special, .... special because Martin Luther King had once visited the church and prayed while under the trees. Story stuck to the wood and has followed it everywhere since. I made many items from that lumber, a shaker clock, a chair, dresser, boxes, cutting boards for the save the children event and now a gift for the Peggster.
If interested in seeing more items made from this cherry, take a look at my project gallery.
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