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Forum topic by colbynorwood posted 03-21-2009 10:16 PM 1032 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-21-2009 10:16 PM

i just got suckered into buying 300 pen blanks, i dont have a wood lathe but they were only $50, i was going to buy like 20 to use for small handles and stuff like that and i bought some other stuff from him to, then he mentioned he had a box of 150 for only 50 and i said no thanks then he doubled the offer so i couldnt refuse, there are all kinds of wood, about 45-50 different kinds.

now heres the thing, i dont know what im going to build with them? i was thinking about making some small endgrain cutting boards, and some small boxes but other than that i dont have any ideas, can you help me out?

and one more thing is it a good idea to make an counter top pot cooler thing, the things that when you take a pot of the stove to set it on that insead of the counter or will it kinda burn the wood, and what would i finish something like that with?

types of woods:
Beech, Fir, Ipe, Mahogany(African), Santos Mahogany, Curly Maple, Flamed Maple, Siberian Elm, Redwood, Red, Oak, White Oak, Sassafras, Sycamore, Wenge, Sapele, Eucalyptus, Camphor, Aromatic Cedar, Hickory, Mulberry, Walnut, Cherry, Maple, Afrormosia, Apple, American Elm, Stained Poplar, DeGame, Beech, Red Elm, Chinese Elm, Spalted Maple, Sassafras, Sycamore, Osage Orange, Sapele, Camphor, Hornbeam, Brazilian Cherry, Hickory

-- Colby Norwood- learn how to measure, measure once, cut once

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#1 posted 03-21-2009 10:27 PM

I saw a crazy jig that mounted a blank between points and used a routertable with a bit extender. Even had a template following pin. Can’t remember where it was though, I think an OLD copy of Workbench magazine.

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#2 posted 03-21-2009 10:42 PM

I was going to suggest making cutting boards, but on second thought, there may be some woods that are not safe to use with food, so my suggestion would be glue up some and make interesting patterns of colors and grains in serving trays or cookie trays. This assumes you seal the wood with food safe finish.


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