Quarter Sawn Degoose

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Project by mgb_2x posted 07-25-2013 03:56 PM 2287 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had a piece of scrap from an old Degoose style cutting board laying around. I knew someday I would find a use for it. Originally used some quarter sawn white oak and bloodwood. One trick I use on finishing qs oak is to use yellow die as a first treatment to make the medullary rays pop. Takes some nerve to die a nice piece of wood yellow but it does work, be sure to try on a test piece first. Using Minwax Gunstock stain gives the piece a nice old timey antique look. Finished with several coats of sealer and lacquer. Soss barrel hinges, a felt lining and a 3 inch craft mirror finish it off. I also added a elastic strap to hold a phone or credit cards.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#1 posted 07-25-2013 05:29 PM

Really nice! Would also look good holding trout flies.

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#2 posted 07-25-2013 06:40 PM

Beautiful twisted cubes pattern.Even nicer box

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#3 posted 07-25-2013 09:18 PM

That is fabulous…

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#4 posted 07-25-2013 09:42 PM

I have some of those too(pieces of drunken boards – or whatever they are called). I assumed you used a router to hollow those out? –
no problem with those end grain glue joints failing?

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#5 posted 07-26-2013 12:29 AM

VERY cool!

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#6 posted 07-26-2013 12:59 AM

how did you get the distorted shapes on top? I’ve never seen that before…

beautiful work by the way!

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#7 posted 07-26-2013 01:23 AM


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#8 posted 07-26-2013 02:18 AM

Great idea…well done.

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#9 posted 07-26-2013 07:02 AM

Fine work!

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#10 posted 07-26-2013 11:57 AM

Very nice work! Really cool!
Nice re purpose of that cool looking board!
Keep it up!

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#11 posted 07-26-2013 01:16 PM

Jim82435 Yes the carving out was done with a router, cnc in my case but with some patience and a template a handheld router would work. Over the years I have glued lots of dissimilar species together in all sizes and shapes. My experience has taught me there are no guarantees. Most of the joints have held up well over time while a few others have failed. All woods are different and expand and contract differently as the environment changes. I seem to recall seeing some data on the coefficient of expansion on woods. Dense hardwoods do not seem to expand as much as lighter woods. I have had problems with exotics connecting with domestics. My strategy has been to get a nice fit, lots of glue on both pieces and good clamping. I am sure others have knowledge and tips to share.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#12 posted 07-26-2013 01:25 PM

These shapes are easily created by using a band saw and some stacked wood. Degoose and Porosky have mastered the technique. They both have posted blogs with good detail on the process.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#13 posted 07-27-2013 09:30 AM

Supurb real neat project very well done ::

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#14 posted 07-28-2013 02:16 AM


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#15 posted 07-29-2013 02:30 PM

Awesome box! Cool design and the finish is stunning. Like the addition of mirror and the elastic band, perfect for a woman’s purse. Excellent work!

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