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Old 10-23-2009, 01:17 PM
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Just curious who's giving out wood working gifts this year... As I'm the newb to woodworking I can get away with doing some cutting boards this year. Though I'm going to be doing a knife rest of some sort for my father in law out of a stack of curly maple I have laying here.

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Was going to miter the edges but decided it would hold up better without the mitered edge.
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Old 10-23-2009, 03:46 PM
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It's a little hard to see the inside wood there, Tim. Is that book-matched end-grain walnut? Or maybe it's not end grain?

Looks nice, though I'd worry about it blowing apart with moisture changes. I have one somewhat similar that's delaminating after 20 years...
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20 yrs is an acceptable life span... that means I only have to wait another 20 yrs before doing chopping blocks again Then again I hope it doesn't see TOO many humidity and temperature changes living inside a kitchen.

It's end grain walnut... spent quite a bit of time getting it all laid out the way I wanted. I picked up a bunch of cut offs from a local door maker and along with mostly sapele there were a few walnut blocks in the bunch. It's pretty dark and definitely hard to photograph.
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Way too nice to slice on! Very nice.
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Upon further reflection... if it actually gets used... that means it actually get cleaned.... and I see the issue there with the woods expanding in different directions at different rates. Guess we'll have to see how it holds up.

So I guess I'm the only one that's been doing this a short enough time to get away with wood working gifts as presents? lol
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Old 10-23-2009, 05:23 PM
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No - you're the only one who's thinking that far ahead. I'm still trying to figure out what to get for my father's birthday. It's today.
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Very nice Tim, I agree with you regarding not doing the mitered edges- esp being around all that moisture.

hmmm, I always thought homemade Christmas gifts are the ones you intend to make before Christmas but in reality are made after Christmas and give out on New Years Day.

.....with a card given at Christmas with a drawing of said project.


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Old 10-23-2009, 07:03 PM
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Lets put it this way.... The shoe rack was promised probably darn near a year ago... the jewelry box for Callie's birthday was at least 2 months late... I figured I'd try something new and get a head start lol
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And just to spite you slackers I put together a little pocket knife stand thingy for the father in law yesterday. Pics to follow once I get a finish on it. Used a little chunk of the curly maple I had but I did have to dye it Honey Amber (Read: Orange) since he's a diehard TN fan.
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And just to spite you slackers I put together a little pocket knife stand thingy for the father in law yesterday. Pics to follow once I get a finish on it. Used a little chunk of the curly maple I had but I did have to dye it Honey Amber (Read: Orange) since he's a diehard TN fan.
......and for the mother in law?


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