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12-12-2010 08:06 PM

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I found this one board in my cut off pile. It is 5-1/2 inches wide about 20 inches long and 3/4 thick. As you can see it is warped and twisted a little. I need some ideas on what I could do with it,(be nice). It is white oak and has a fantastic grain pattern.

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#1 posted 12-12-2010 08:09 PM

Box of some sort, I’d like to keep all that grain in a displayable manner.

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#2 posted 12-12-2010 08:14 PM

Could you slice it up into veneer? Then you could make a box from it, too.

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#3 posted 12-12-2010 09:42 PM

Slice it to make a book matched panel for a cabinet door.
Nothing else make a nice looking cribbage board or other game board.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#4 posted 12-12-2010 09:54 PM

I would use it just the top of 1, 2 or 3 boxes. I would use plain jane white oak, maple or whatever, for the body of the box.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 12-12-2010 10:39 PM

Not sure if I can slice it since it is warped pretty bad. That would be the best way to use it for sure. Is there a way to straighten it?? I thought about glueing a paper to one side and then glue that to a flat piece of 3/4 plywood then try to slice it on the bandsaw. would getting it wet then redrying it work better?

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#6 posted 12-13-2010 05:56 AM

That is the kind of wood I look for in my wood for woodturnings. My Flaming Platter came from such a crotch as shown here except there were 2 crotches side by side! I keep looking for more wood like that, this is a rare find and do please use it as veneer so you can make several items out of it instead of just one. If it is sawn as veneer it would not need to be absolutely flat cause it will be thin enough to flex a bit when you glue and clamp it. Good luck in making something out of it it will be an eye catcher for sure!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#7 posted 12-13-2010 07:27 AM

You could make a whole lot of Andy’s Palm boxes with that wood for the lids.

If you cut it into veneer. Use the curved outside edge against the fence and you can probably change the direction of the board as you run it through the bandsaw.

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#8 posted 12-13-2010 03:20 PM

Make a beautiful accent table top – but thats too easy.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#9 posted 12-13-2010 06:11 PM

I would like to have four veneer slices out of it but don’t think I have the skill to do it. Maybe I can find someone to cut it for me.

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