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A friend had asked me to make a fly tying table for him. Before it was made he passed on. He only left a son who did not fish so his son gave all the fishing gear to my daughter, who loves to fish. In his memory I made her his fly tying table.

The original plan called for 4 boards for the drawers so the grain would run through. Then another friend thought he had a board wide enough for the whole top.

Problem was, where the little fish is was a big knot. I made a template in the shape of a fish and routed out the knot. Then, using the same template I routed out the Dutchman to fill the space. We then noticed that the board had grain in the shape of a fish so I routed that out freehand and filled it with blackened epoxy.

Stained the outside with turquoise. Found a lady on the net who made drawer pulls in the shape of fish and those are on the left side drawers

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.





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Corey

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#1 posted 2663 days ago

That is really nice and nifty for the fisherman. I am sure your friend would of loved it. Sorry for the loss by the way. You did a beautiful job!

Corey

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Chip

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#2 posted 2663 days ago

Very nice. Sorry to hear about your friend. This is a great way to remember him and I’m sure your daughter will cherish it forever. Thanks for sharing.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 2663 days ago

Nice table, it looks like you won a Red Ribbon with it. Tell us about it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Karson

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#4 posted 2663 days ago

SD2 Very nice table and a memory to your friend.

-- 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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MsDebbieP

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#5 posted 2663 days ago

sorry about your friend.
Nice table. Rick and I tie our own flies – it’s the only way to fish.
I really like all the drawers on this.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Sawdust2

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#6 posted 2663 days ago

The Woodworkers Guild of Georgia has a competition each year in conjunction with The Wood Show. This was my entry for 2003.
I won Second Prize in my category. I kept the knot that was cut out but forgot to bring it with me to the show. It sort of looked sharkish and as most everyone in our guild knows I’m a lawyer that, with the story behind the table, would probably have elevated it to 1st Place.
In addition to the drawers you will see the dowels and grooves for holding spools.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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Bill

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#7 posted 2663 days ago

Sorry your friend was not able to enjoy this table. It is a beautiful job Lee.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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scottb

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#8 posted 2663 days ago

How great to find a fish in the wood!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Sawdust2

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#9 posted 2663 days ago

A few years ago I saw a post of the most unique or interesting photos of the year and one of them was a picture looking in the mouth of one fish and seeing another fish staring out of the larger fish’s mouth.
I was very fortunate that the knot and the grain allowed me to do this.
I am a firm believer that some things are meant to happen and there were just so many things that happened to come together at just this time to create this table.
I live in Georgia, The large board that made up the front came down from PA just a week earlier. We think the wood was hickory but it came with a load of cherry. And it was just slightly more than a foot longer than needed. It was rough-cut and the local hardwood dealer ran it through their wide planer for me.
Lee

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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oscorner

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#10 posted 2662 days ago

I’m sorry to hear of your loss. You’re friend would have been more than pleased with your work. Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Sawdust2

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#11 posted 2661 days ago

I appreciate that all of you are sorry to hear of my loss but let me tell you, Bill is pissed that I’m not there playing golf with him. I’m probably the only player worse than he.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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Sawdust2

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#12 posted 2661 days ago

Hey! Have you guys noticed the google ads below this thread? Fly tying tools and cabinetry.
What a neat deal!

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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mbulla

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#13 posted 971 days ago

Good job. Sorry to hear about your friend.

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