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Project by Joshua Oehler posted 282 days ago 1246 views 10 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So about a year ago I bought this mixed box of exotic woods from rockler. After it sat under my workbench for about a year I finally decided to do something with it. I took all of the wood and squared up all of the edges. I went to work putting it all together like a puzzle and ended up with a block of wood about 3” x 6” x 6”. I squared that up and then sliced it like bread. After laying those pieces down and gluing them together again I ended up with a board that had a repeating pattern that was all exposed endgrain. This was really just a test for an idea for a xmas present this year. I think it came out pretty neat. I can’t even begin to name all of the woods in here unfortunately.

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"





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YoungWilly

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#1 posted 282 days ago

That’s very nice! I love the pattern. Is that walnut for the front and back?

-- -- Measure twice, cut once; why, did the wood grow?

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majuvla

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#2 posted 282 days ago

Beautiful, very inovative.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Joshua Oehler

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#3 posted 282 days ago

Thanks guys. Yes YoungWilly that is Walnut for the front and back of box and Cherry for the base

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"

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doubleDD

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#4 posted 282 days ago

Really cool looking box. Nice work.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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TexUSAF

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#5 posted 282 days ago

very nice!

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Jack_S

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#6 posted 282 days ago

Hey Joshua -
I tried making an large end grain cutting board much like this a couple years ago. I ended up very frustrated with gluing the project up. I tried a urethane and it did not fill. I tried epoxy and it did not harden well. Can you walk us through the process you used and tell me what you glued it with and how you did the clamp up etc. Its beautiful by the way. It makes me want to get back in the shop and get it right!

Jack

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stefang

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#7 posted 282 days ago

Very nice build and a creative design.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Blackie_

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#8 posted 282 days ago

I like it, very nice.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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palaswood

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#9 posted 281 days ago

Amazing! Spectacular! This is fantastic! I have a bunch of scraps that I am totally gonna do this with. What an innovative way to use up cut-offs

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA, http://instagram.com/palas_woodcraft#

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Joshua Oehler

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#10 posted 281 days ago

Thank you all for the praises. This is something I am going to do again for sure. I had thought about putting the pieces together in a different pattern for a lid of a box only, but decided to do it another time. It made a neat design though.

Jack, I had just used Tightbond wood glue for this. Once I had everything dry fitted together I just started putting glue on all sides of every piece. Once it was all glued together it created a block. Think taking a bunch of pen turning stock and stacking them up on each other to create a 4×4. After that dried I took it to the miter saw. I proceeded to slice it in 1” strips…like slicing a loaf of bread. Afterwords I just laid all of those slices on thier sides and glued them to each other. The finished board is in the project pics. From that point on it is just like dealing with a piece of 4/4 lumber except your face is all endgrain. When I get around to doing this again I will make a step by step with pictures of the whole process

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"

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Monte Pittman

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#11 posted 281 days ago

I love the look. I would worry about it giving problems in humidity.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Joshua Oehler

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#12 posted 280 days ago

I guess we will see. I live in SW FL, it doesn’t get much more humid year round than here.

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"

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Fishinbo

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#13 posted 276 days ago

Gorgeous box! Cool design, very attractive mix of exotic wood patterns. Great finish as well. It will definitely make a great gift for any occasion.

—www.sawblade.com

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Joshua Oehler

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#14 posted 275 days ago

Thanks Fishinbo. This is a good way to get rid of all of those scrap pieces lying around. Well…for those wood hoarders that don’t get their hands on good lumber much like me. I save every fall off piece that I possibly can because I am going to get my moneys worth out of every board I buy!

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"

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Todd

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#15 posted 269 days ago

Definitely deserving of the Daily Top 3. A very intuitive idea for end grain.

-- Todd, Ontario, CA

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