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Ollie's Chest

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Ollie's ChestWhen you have two grandsons, you have to make two chests. This one is Ollie's. He helped design it, choosing the lid profile and end panel shape. He decided it needed a till (with a secret compartment, shhh, don't tell anyone) and a lock with a key. He wanted it to be blue.I decided that he might lock the key inside the chest so I didn't install the lock catch. It's made out of poplar and finished with Salem Red milk paint followed by Federal Blue, followed by BLO and then some Briwax. I buff the milk paint out with 0000 steel wool to burnish it.The hardware was forged by Ian Hart with Cloven Hoof Iron and Wood. He made the nails, crab lock & key, and strap hinges.Ollie loved it. He literarily jumped for joy when I delivered it. My main issue is that he has a younger sister! I've tried to add a few things to projects I make for the grandkids but I don't think I can add anything else to a painted six board chest. I might have to upgrade to a dovetailed chest.



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Cheese board with a dolphin and turtle "bowtie".

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Cheese board with a dolphin and turtle "bowtie".Hey guys and gals,
I have been working on this cheeseboard for a few weeks now mainly because the spalted section soaked up a lot more poly than the solid parts. The challenge for me was spraying thin coats, sanding and repeating the process until the spalted parts no longer soaked any more poly. I am thinking it took 12 layers to get it all even.
Anyways, the “mouth” appeared to look like an ocean wave and I used a turtle “bowtie” running away from the waves and a dolphin one jumping into it in an attempt to prevent cracks from expanding in those weak areas. They are cherry wood.
The wood was a broken branch of a spalted pecan tree that I bought locally and had it slicied to 1-1/2” slabs for $135. I really thought the whole thing was going to be used for smoke my fish and meat until I ran the slabs through the planer and saw all the beauty in the wood. Since then, I have made several pens from different chunks of that wood that turned out very well.
Thanks for looking.



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Swamp kauri hei toki

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Swamp kauri hei tokiFinished with beeswax and boiled linseed. These days, toki are primarily worn for ornamental purposes. Traditionally, they were (and still are) made of pounamu (NZ greenstone) to represent the adze. Maori traditionally used pounamu to make a number of tools.



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