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Tic-Tac-Toe.....End Grain Style....

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Project by JL7 posted 10-31-2013 11:22 PM 1332 views 9 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Really not sure why I chose this challenge, I guess only because it was a challenge….

I’ve been experimenting with end grain shapes…....no inlays here – pics 4 and 5 show front and back views.

The tic-tac-toe boards are Hard Maple background harvested from the Lake Mille Lacs area of Minnesota, Black Walnut X’s and O’s, and IPE for the crisscross….

Pic 2 board was built first, using “dirty socks” Maple as fellow LJ Randy would describe it, which is re-purposed Gym floor. and an IPE border, also end grain…...

Pic 1 board is Yellowheart and Tigerwood and really kicked my butt on the glueup…..I’ll spare the details but here are a few build photos:

Table saw setup for cutting the X’s – takes a few test cuts to find the right center:

Used a single Dado cutter to get the flat bottom cuts:

Missing photos here, but glue in the walnut, plane it back down and make the opposite cuts and repeat…...

Glue the two halves together:

The O’s are built with dowels and round nose bits:

Forgot to take pictures here, but this is similar (not the same project!) to the next few steps:

You get it right?

I’ve had too much time on my hands lately, so I do stuff like this….

Thanks for looking!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.





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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 10-31-2013 11:46 PM

I would say that you met and conquered this challenge!!!

These are definitely one of a kind boards….
I don’t think anyone else has that muuuuuuuch time on their hands to duplicate your design!!!

You really do need to find a career with a more demanding work schedule!!!

I’m anxiously awaiting your next self imposed challenge!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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Sandra

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#2 posted 11-01-2013 12:18 AM

Jeff,

Wonderful boards. But I’m thinking we may need to plan an end grain intervention…

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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eddie

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#3 posted 11-01-2013 12:21 AM

Jeff thats a pretty cleaver build ,looks great, the Os are winning you got the board fever love the way you got the Os and Xs incra is earning it keep on this one

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 11-01-2013 12:27 AM

Jeff, You are now the official “Master of the End Grain Boards”!

Those are incredible but look very labor intensive. Definitely one of a kind keepsake boards.

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

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JL7

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#5 posted 11-01-2013 12:35 AM

Randy…..Thanks…....More self imposed challenges to come…...the shape library is full!

Sandra….remember it’s a slippery slope…....you’ve tasted the end grain yourself…..

Eddie – The Incra fence is pretty handy here for sure….....hate to think of my existence without it…...thanks man!

Hey Andy…..just for you….my sketchup model of the twin board:

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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DIYaholic

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#6 posted 11-01-2013 12:43 AM

^^Now that board^^^
Can be erased and played on again and again and again….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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Dave

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#7 posted 11-01-2013 02:08 AM

Now this one doesn’t hurt my eyes.
Jeff a wonderful theme you have made.
Always impressive and top notch.
Carry on maple man.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 11-01-2013 02:20 AM

Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

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

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JL7

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#9 posted 11-01-2013 02:24 AM

Randy…..you are one of a kind…...

Thanks Dave….not sure if maple man is cool, but I’ll take it…

Andy…There are more shapes….as you know….and the cut-offs are going to you…...good luck…

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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gfadvm

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#10 posted 11-01-2013 02:27 AM

I’ll try to come up with something but it won’t compare to these boards.

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

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JL7

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#11 posted 11-01-2013 02:29 AM

I have no doubt Andy….they will compare ++

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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ShaneA

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#12 posted 11-01-2013 03:06 AM

Amazing stuff. You have taken it to the next level, and then went up two more.

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kdc68

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#13 posted 11-01-2013 03:15 AM

You are putting all that free time on your hands to good use. Awesome work as always !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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JL7

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#14 posted 11-01-2013 03:33 AM

Appreciate it Shane…...haven’t gone to the next level yet…....but getting close….....

kdc68 – thanks for the encouragement…

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Joe Weaver

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#15 posted 11-01-2013 12:11 PM

beautiful

-- Joe, Ga

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