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Project by gator9t9 posted 05-27-2008 12:29 AM 2356 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a couple hours yesterday …..and my garage was whining about being tooo clean …as was my bandsaw and Ridgid Oscillating sander ….
So I whipped these out …..3new Letter Openers ….THANKS again to Gary K…for turning me on to letter openers …
I have a


Lacewood the light colored one

Unknown Red exotic wood …found along side the road. Discarded by a trucking company. Probably was pallets at one time …I got a nice stack of about 10 boards various lengths and widths…But it is unknown to me what it is ..I will start a Blog on the possiblities of identifying this exotic wood .How do I know it is exotic …the smell is exotic…
all suggestions as to the identity of the exotic Red Wood …please don’t be shy …
Thanks all

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#1 posted 05-27-2008 12:33 AM

Cool!... nicely done

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 05-27-2008 12:35 AM

Thank you Steve…

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#3 posted 05-27-2008 12:39 AM

Love the grain on the bevel of the lacewood. I hate clean shops. Thank you for posting.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 05-27-2008 01:00 AM

Mike those look great…nice job!

-- Martin, Kansas

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#5 posted 05-27-2008 01:08 AM

Yea, the grain on the bevel of the lacewood one looks cool!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 05-27-2008 02:29 AM

those look really nice. my situation is the exact opposite of yours, my dad is whining because the shops too dirty, lol! i really like the unknown wood. it has a really nice color to it.

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#7 posted 05-27-2008 02:42 AM

These are nice letter openers. They look great.

Well done.

I am sure that it is brazillian cherry from this photo.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 05-27-2008 02:56 AM

Thank you so much for the nice comments ….I enjoy making those letter openers ..maybe some day i will tackle something really complex …lol we shall see …

i feel i must interject on the subject of Shop Organization /Tidy Areas/ Neatness in the workspace as opposed to Slovenly/ Untidy / Just leave it pile up any old place and try and find it the next time you need it style of
work areas….

Far be it from me to tell anyone how THEIR shop should be …and i love looking at others shops as we all do …
A lot of woodworkers say they hate clean shops ….Well i live alone ..unmarried ..i have a girlfriend and i have a lady that comes in and cleans 2 x a month I am very fortunate in lots of ways …I can only imagine what my place would be like if she did not come in as little as she does to clean my floors and bath….

..And my shop is my garage just outside my kitchen door at the end of day ..I like to vacuum off the bandsaw and sanders, sweep up the dust an push it all into the Dust collector… ...That is what i got the Dust collector for use it and take away the sawdust …I love to make Sawdust but that dont mean i want to live with it …I dont want to track it in to my house.
And another reason is …my shop is my garage …..and i like to park my truck in my garage …but do not always get to park inside as some times when working a project the project will take longer than a day or a week …That is normal …so my truck is outside …that is not too bad in the warmer months ..but in the winter .i do not like getting into a cold truck ….anyway …so I clean up before putting my truck in the garage tooo …
I will admit there is a difference between unorganized and dirty …...and ..that my work bench most always is un- organized …So those are the reasons i like to clean up a bit when time to come out of the shop and into the house …I am certainly no neat freak …
Good habits are formed when we are young….Discipline is not easy to live with …And
Teenagewoodworker …
I think your Dad only wants you to form the best habits that you can, and so he lets you know about what he considers a messy area …as that is his job as “DAD”.

I will get off my pulpit now ….but remember

” a clean shop is a happy shop”

Cleanliness is next to U know what !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#9 posted 05-27-2008 03:15 AM

I am looking for some brazillian cherry to compare …what i found was more brown ….???

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#10 posted 05-27-2008 05:39 AM

i need me one of those, lacewood is my fav. i have to agree with scott bryan about the braz. cherry , once youve worked with it your know it, braz. cherry patinas over a year or two, after a good sand its as very light colored for a while. its funny you thought it was pallet wood , because the wood flooring i get from over seas is shippped in braz. cherry pallets.

-- eric post, tallahassee FL

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#11 posted 05-27-2008 06:15 AM

What a great idea for using up those tiny exotic wood scraps.

-- Kevin

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#12 posted 05-27-2008 08:38 AM

Great new weapon for the Lumberjocks CSI episode… I can see it now:

Murderer takes the weapon and burns it in his barbeque thinking he got away with it, but to his dismay the CSI autopsy technician is a lumberjock. He is able to determine the species of wood and finish and link it directly to the murderers profile. Before he destroyed the weapon he put it in his recent projects with 3 detailed photographs. Argh!

Seriously though… nice letter openers. I especially like the lacewood one.

-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ,

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#13 posted 05-27-2008 09:03 AM

Nice letter openers. It could be a good inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jiri

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#14 posted 05-27-2008 01:44 PM

I am like you as far as a clean shop. but my reason is…I CAN’T FIND ANYTHING once I get started building on a project. Even a simple pencil will drive me crazy. (Just under the last piece of wood I laid down. So…through the years I have learned to take that last half hr. before I quit for the night and clean up and put everything where it goes. The project I am in the middle of at the moment if I didn’t clean it up as I go forward you wouldn’t be able to find a clear place to do anything at if I didn’t clean up often. So for me it’s not “to be clean” it’s, I can’t find a dang thing.

Oh and by the way…The letter openers look great.

-- JJohn

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#15 posted 02-24-2010 06:41 PM

Good idea!~

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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