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Business Card Holder #5 - More Dam Oak

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Another Dam Business Card holder here. This one is a-la-natural edge. I saw what ended up as the top edge and knew that should be featured in a project. At first I cut it off square, then angled it to make the top sorta horizontal. I used that 2nd offcut as the support on the back. The vertical is leaned back 15°. And the angle cut for the back support just fell in place, almost by accident. Oh, ok, it WAS by accident.

Not real happy with the pics. Adding a sample business card really messes with the color balance, not to mention my own balance. I’ll try to work on this in the future.

This Dam wood is really not very good as compared to what you buy from the lumber yard. It has LOTS of cracks, nastiness, and just plain ole rotten spots in it. It can still be used for small projects though. Some of the nasties can be featured, and they should. I’m considering selling small lots of this but not sure how I’d price it though.

Wood: Red Oak that’s been underwater for 150 years from the Crib Dam in Fredericksburg. You can gooogle to find out more about it.

As always, comments and criticisms are welcome.

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





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 09-29-2012 04:19 AM

Another good sir

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 09-29-2012 04:46 AM

Looks like you’re using some old fence planks now! LOL

It’s working… That’s the main thing! LOL

Nice work!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Roger

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#3 posted 09-29-2012 10:16 AM

way kool. 150yrs…. I’ll bet it would have some stories to tell

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#4 posted 09-29-2012 10:22 AM

Quite a change from your usual clean-cut jobs. But quite imaginative and very interesting, nonetheless.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#5 posted 09-29-2012 10:58 AM

The only businessman who can use it is Fred Flentstone or whoever like Fred, like me.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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rance

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#6 posted 09-29-2012 02:00 PM

Glad you all like it. The pics really don’t do it justice. They seem to show a difference in color between the sawn part and the rough edge, whereas that is not really the case. E

d, they can’t all be on the straight and narrow. :) Just trying some new things. I think there is lots of room for improvement. Most difficult for me is deciding how to integrate the sawn edge with the natural edge. You have to do it at some point.

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

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#7 posted 09-29-2012 02:08 PM

Good looking project!

Try a different color business card to help with the white balance.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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rance

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#8 posted 09-29-2012 03:01 PM

A good idea Jesse. I’ll try without a flash too, but I’ll need a tripod.

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

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#9 posted 09-29-2012 04:33 PM

Another hit—great use of natural wood sans finish! Nicely done as always.

P.S. You might consider using a bunce flash.

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

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#10 posted 09-29-2012 07:00 PM

Rance,

That Dam wood you used in your new Dam card holder looks great! And, I like the picture of the other Dam wood you have, too.

I show that Dam wood you gave me to all the people who take my pen turning class and ask them to guess what the Dam wood is. They can never tell me its Dam wood let alone what kind of Dam wood it is. You forgot to mention there’s also some Dam wood that’s virgin growth heart pine, too.

I just haven’t figured out a Dam project for the Dam wood you gave me. I was considering making a Dam box out of it. I’d have to re-saw a bit of that Dam wood to build one. And, I’d have to plane the Dam wood too. And, that Dam wood is gonna be hard on the planer blades. It’s hardened Dam wood with some dirt in that Dam wood, too.

I hope I can do as fine a Dam project with that Dam wood as you – when I get around to building some Dam thing.

Here are a few of those URLs to tell about the Dam wood.

http://www.virginiaplaces.org/watersheds/embreydam.html

http://historicalwoods.com/the-1854-rappahannock-river-cr/

http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2007/022007/02202007/259574

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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rance

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#11 posted 09-29-2012 08:03 PM

Thanks John.

Rod, YOU are a Dam NUT!!! But I love you brotha.

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

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Woodbutcher3

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#12 posted 09-29-2012 10:36 PM

Right back at ya!

My Dam just overflowed when I thought about that Dam wood again!

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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gfadvm

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#13 posted 09-30-2012 01:33 AM

That is certainly unique and historic. Makes me want to go throw some oak in my pond!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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rance

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#14 posted 09-30-2012 02:33 AM

You are funny Andy. :) Believe it or not, there are folks that do something very similar.

I’ve heard-tell that a man in Arkansas takes wooden planks and burys them in a particular place on his land. He marks the spot. He then goes back a year or so later and digs it up. What he digs up is ‘petrified wood’. Something about the minerals in the land where he is that speeds up the process. I believe he then turns these into sharpening stones. I googled and yahooed trying to confirm this ‘story’ but have not been successful. I still believe it is true. Maybe someone else has heard of this and report back to us.

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

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#15 posted 09-30-2012 02:43 AM

That’s so funny We use the same business cards

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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