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Project by Jake posted 12-31-2013 06:37 AM 1967 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First 2 pics are of a wine stilt which I made for my Lovely neibourghs who hosted a Christmas party and I wanted to make a gift for them for putting it together. Cherry limb from my property cut down like 5 years ago, inlayed with a strip of my chess board and then oak and sapele inlays separately as well. OS to 180 and Finished with 2 coats of linseed oil. Not the best result because these were my first ever inlays, but overall it was OK.

Pic 3 and 4 are the cheese cutting board I made for my sister, kudos to Mr Steve Ramsey for the project. The woods used from darkest to lightest were Sapele mahagony, alder, oak and aspen. Not the best combination to be honest, just because aspen and alder are very soft, I did not think that one through as well as I should have. Aspen took the sanding dust in like crazy, so I had to sand it all and then carefully sand aspen strips within the baord separately, not exactly what i wanted to do, nor did I get teh result I wanted. But my sister was very pleased and di not notice or atleast mind the small problems that I did. Finished with 4 coats of linseed oil.

Pic 5 and 6 are another batch of wine stilts made for my parents, same cherry limbs from my propery, inlaid with Oak, Sapele and African Teak. These were my second inlay projects, so the result were better than on the first one. Sanded to 320 and finished with linseed oil. 3 of these were made of a different branch than the first 2 pics. The first wine stilt for ym neibourghs and the right most from the last pic are made from the same branch and the first 3 from the left on the last pic are made from a second branch. That was really cool, because the wood grain and coloration was very different, one was very light with a “standard” cherry grain and the second branch had some very nice dark streaks and a more richer colour the pics don’t do them justice. I really enjoyed the finished results on these.

These were fun short christmas projects I might do more of these at some point, they seem to be a great way to salavage wood from your property if it has any sentimental value to you and it also comes out a lot different from lumberyard bought wood.

By the way, as you can say 2 of these pics are photoshopped, they had a bad backrgound and I had to cut it out, no colour alterations, sorry for not the best quality of cut out – couldn’t be bothered to take out pixels one by one, just did a rough cut.

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#1 posted 12-31-2013 12:27 PM

Love the look of the cheese board!

There is nothing wrong with not obtaining perfection….
Striving for perfection, should be the goal!!!

Besides, perfection is boring!!!
I should know….
I’m very boring!!! ;^0

-- 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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#2 posted 11-20-2014 07:41 AM

Jake, nice reuse of materials! Did you use a router to make the recesses for the inlays? I really like the live edges. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 11-20-2014 07:55 AM

Hey Candy. I actually made the recesses with my tablesaw and then custom fit the strips with my plane and sand paper. Very simple and effective, only point of interest is when you do overlapping inlays. First go around I made all the overlapping recesses at once and then custom fit all the pieces, but achieving perfect corners was
very difficult. After that i used my brain and did it so that I recessed all the non-overlapping inlays, glued them in, and then sawed in the overlapping recesses, that way I got a perfect fit at all the overlaps as well.

A router could have been used, but without a router table the pieces were too small to handle, so the TS worked better.

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#4 posted 11-20-2014 08:02 AM

Got it, thanks, Jake!

-- God bless, Candy

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