Art Deco serving boards

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Project by Andy posted 03-20-2012 02:05 PM 3686 views 5 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of new designs I came up with.
Both are prototypes and have small flaws. But I typically go ahead and complete a new design just to find its weak spots, either in the design or my proceedure.
Both of these are a little tricky to glue up but they are pretty basic, just a bit of head scratching here and there.

As I have said before, boards are a good way to try out new ideas and wood combinations, they are fairly fast to make and use very little wood.

The first one is maple with mahogany strips, walnut shoulders and a bloodwood disc. This is a more formal design and one I will play with more.

The second one is bookmatched cherry with a maple/walnut stripe and walnut sides. The city skyline design is common in art deco.

They are coated in badger sweat and beeswax.
Thanks for looking.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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Patrick Jaromin

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#1 posted 03-20-2012 02:09 PM

Which type – Honey or North American? Sounds trivial, but there’s a significant difference in durability among badger sub-families. ;)

Nice work.

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#2 posted 03-20-2012 02:10 PM

these look good andy
better than drawings

always out in new territory
thanks for that

-- 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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#3 posted 03-20-2012 02:40 PM

Andy.always creative, always

Very cool looking boards , you must dream designs.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 03-20-2012 03:00 PM

Very nice, Andy.

Art Deco has always been a favorite of mine.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 03-20-2012 03:09 PM

Very COOL, Andy!

Those Serving Boards are really very pretty!

Nice work as usual!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#6 posted 03-20-2012 03:15 PM

You’ve done it again. Well done.
Have to ask, what is badger sweat ?

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#7 posted 03-20-2012 03:24 PM

I usually don’t pay much attention to cutting boards… But these may make me change my habits! The Art Deco theme comes through loud and clear. I like these a lot.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#8 posted 03-20-2012 04:01 PM

Andy, How are you buddy? Nice boards, I like both of them. Good to see another one of your posts. Very interesting. Guess I’m going to have to look up Badger Sweat! LOL

Take care.

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

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#9 posted 03-20-2012 04:09 PM

I love to see new designs, they inspire the mind. I like the first one. Do you use fresh Badger sweat?

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

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#10 posted 03-20-2012 04:27 PM

Very good idea, Andy. Choosing architectural styles for new designs is great!


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#11 posted 03-20-2012 04:28 PM

Thanks everyone.

FYI: Badger sweat and brake fluid are my way of poking fun at all the worry regarding what to coat a board with. I dont mean to offend anyone, just my quirky humour. I plan on using WD-40 on the next one :-)

@A1Jim- I do dream designs and work through the how-to make it part constantly, no matter what I am doing, its a curse!!

@Roger- Yes. Thats the spirit. They are a good way to experiment with this style.

@ Ken-Doing well Ken, thanks for asking.

@amagineer- Of course its fresh, we dont want to make anyone sick do we?

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#12 posted 03-20-2012 04:35 PM

Great looking boards Andy. I love art deco stuff, and these fill the bill. Do you buy that badger sweat in pint bottles or 50 gal. drums?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 03-20-2012 05:04 PM

I like th humor! Its always fun to laugh… I need to come up with some to run across you then.

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

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#14 posted 03-20-2012 06:54 PM

Nice designs Andy.

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

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#15 posted 03-20-2012 07:50 PM

I would have stuck with the brake fluid myself. Badger sweat is a bit glossy for my taste.

Other than that minor flaw—-Great looking boards.


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