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Prelude in Walnut #7

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Project by SPalm posted 08-08-2012 12:27 AM 2279 views 6 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had trouble naming this one. Here are some of the other naming possibilities that I debated:

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Rounded Bottoms Tend to Fall Over

Nude on Horseback

LikeOkNowThatsDifferent

Joe Got Tipsy as the Night Wore On

Walnuting Matilda

The Hot Sun Takes its Toll

Nameless: Artist Unknown

Sally Did Not Medal on the Balance Beam

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One of my bucket list goals has been to create some boards that would be like stained glass windows or designs that would use different woods for the different pieces. This design is what I came up with for a test. And I have always wanted to try this kind of insert; kind of like inlay, kind of like intarsia, kind of like plug cutting. So I made a cutting board using my CNC. Standard routing jigs could have been used and maybe even been easier, but hey…

Through a bunch of trial and error I found that on my machine I need to cut the pockets .008 inches larger than the plugs. This creates enough of a gap to allow insertion of the plug along with the glue. Any tighter and I had to beat the plug in. The small red dots were cut on the drill press with a plug cutter. I had some problem with the big round plug in the sky; it was a bit too loose and had to be fixed with some extra glue. I think that the problem with that was with the fixture clamping – that blood wood is tough stuff.

The woods used are walnut, blood wood, cherry, and maple. The size is 16×12 inches and about 1 inch thick. It is sanded to 220 and finished with drug store mineral oil.

Still addicted to cutting boards,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon





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Joe Weaver

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#1 posted 08-08-2012 12:43 AM

another work of art

-- Joe, Ga

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#2 posted 08-08-2012 12:50 AM

Great looking Steve. Nice looking wood design.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#3 posted 08-08-2012 12:54 AM

I like it Steve-
Does the fact that we see the sun on each the left and right demonstrate that this is a fully reversible board?

I think you have some good names there – “Sally Did Not Medal on the Balance Beam” might be a bit too au courant, but I am voting for “Walnuting Matilda” (even though you did not ask). Perhaps a reference to Stonehenge would be in order?

Now I am excited to see what you do next with this new found approach. The possibilities may be unlimited.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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kiefer

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#4 posted 08-08-2012 01:06 AM

Think one beer think two beer think three beer four beer I fall down the sun will rise again tomorrow .
Thanks for the new direction Steve .

-- Kiefer 松

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#5 posted 08-08-2012 01:28 AM

Personally, I would have gone with “Nude on Horseback” – it’s just SO obvious!

You are having way too much fun with your CNC Steve – time to break out some hand planes and an auger or two and “kick it old school” for a while. ;-)

I gotta try that inlay option as well – as soon as I get a bunch of contracted work done.

This does look really good!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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#6 posted 08-08-2012 02:01 AM

Beautiful piece of art, Steve.

As a New Orleans native and an ex-boozer, my first thought for a name was “Drunk Leading the Parade”.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 08-08-2012 02:09 AM

Steve,
I like to name it as the Speeding Ball Effect…. I can see pins hanging when sudden ball passed trough the 7 pins. The 6 pins withstand while the last one fell. The contrast of wood colors is amazing. Nice work of art.

-- Bert

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rance

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#8 posted 08-08-2012 02:21 AM

That’s a nice board. How about “Follow The Leader”?

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

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#9 posted 08-08-2012 02:35 AM

The pattern you made has a whimsical delightful effect. A natural visual curiosity.
I would certainly disagree on standard router templates being easier, the recesses not too bad but the inserts would be tough.
What I’m most curious about is, what ever suggested this array?
gene

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

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#10 posted 08-08-2012 03:01 AM

Hey Steve – pretty clever for sure….....Since the balance beam finals were on the tele tonight – I would go for Sally not making it!

Really good to see you getting some mileage out of your CNC – you have so much effort in building it – now you see the payoff.

Nicely done.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#11 posted 08-08-2012 03:07 AM

Great work Steve. The design actually reminds me of…...me, late on a Saturday night :^)

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#12 posted 08-08-2012 03:16 AM

Gotta agree with Charlie M. On this one.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#13 posted 08-08-2012 04:56 AM

Eight in a bed and the little one said….......... who turned the light on?

Good thinkering Steve.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#14 posted 08-08-2012 05:33 AM

Wonderful wood imagery, Steve!

I would probably call it ‘Caravanserai Continuum’ but ‘Prelude in Walnut #7’ is possibly more thought provoking…

Regardless of the name…. it is certainly an enjoyable piece to gaze upon.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#15 posted 08-08-2012 08:23 AM

Steve, Ohhh now you have done it. I really like this. What really caught my eye and thought there is always one in life that is going the wrong direction. The 4th one, is bucking the system so to speak. So I would call it “Odd man out” or “There’s always One”

I have to give this a try with my Router. I need a project before Vacation in 2 weeks as when Blondie and I return Ill be starting to build a main gate for our driveway out of metal and wood. should be a fun Blog and I’ll get some more use out of that welder.

Glad to see everything is going well bud! Keep up the good work as always.

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

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