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Project by Josh posted 04-01-2012 03:22 PM 1286 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think I may be finding a niche within a niche. I made a similar CB for my wife and then a friend of ours saw it and severely wanted one for herself. It is all scrap material save for the CB paint and glue (I mean, where can you get scrap glue?). I don’t have a scroll saw of a band saw so cutting out those leaves was trying. Two of them cracked and I got all flustered and stuff. The oak leaf is aromatic cedar and the other two leaves are walnut and poplar. I tried my hand at pyrography for the “wind” swirls and they came out ok, I guess. Overall, I am pleased.


-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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Derek Lyons

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#1 posted 04-01-2012 03:35 PM

Did you use plywood or MDF for the board? What surface prep did you do before painting it?

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#2 posted 04-01-2012 03:51 PM

Nice job, I just made one with my daughter, Link here. I will be doing another one for my kitchen and I really appreciate the detail on the top of yours, nice job.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 04-01-2012 05:17 PM

Nice work, especially on the leaves.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 04-01-2012 11:14 PM

Derek, I used 1/2” MDF that I got at a recycled building products center. I didn’t do any surface prep because It was already very smooth to begin with. I just poured on the paint and spread it thin with a paint roller. Thanks, Marty and Jay. Marty, is there going to be a theme for your next one?

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#5 posted 04-03-2012 02:36 AM

At least you’re not afraid to have it come out less than perfect. That is where I would fall down, always looking for that very clean line and fair curve, and becoming discouraged with early poor results.
I notice your pyrography being shaky at some points and quite smooth and flowing at others. But what we most often see is the overall expression and yours turned out fine. You’ve done rather nicely with limited resources. Chalk it up to determination?

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

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#6 posted 04-06-2012 03:55 AM

Gene, I chalk it up to a friend/customer wanting something specific and myself delivering upon that request. I possess an odd dichotomy; I am a perfectionist but I also accept mediocrity. My wood burner didn’t want to cut through the growth rings but followed the course of an undulating wave, up and down, up and down. I wonder if my wood burner just didn’t get hot enough to make a pleasing, even line.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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