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2019 commissioned Christmas ornaments

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2019 commissioned Christmas ornaments These are the Christmas ornaments I was commissioned to make this year .All cut on the scroll saw in Cherry



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Two More Mortars and Pestles

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Two More Mortars and PestlesI had another order for a Mortar and Pestle with turquoise in it so I made 2 and one had a knot hole that was just what I needed for a place to put the inlay.They are made of mesquite and finished with Danish oil and buffed and waxed.Cheers, Jim



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Redwood and rosewood box #11

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Redwood and rosewood box #11My first post in a series of nine box art projects using reclaimed redwood. Each posting features a unique box in the main pictures and a narrative focused on a different step in the process. Sometimes including photos from parts of other projects in the series; click on “my next or previous project” to read the whole series.
Redwood and rosewood box #11:

  • 9.5×9.5×4.5 inches
  • Box joints with a skip pattern
  • Four-way book matched burl top
  • Rosewood trim, corner posts, splayed feet, and hinges
  • Brass knob and clocked, sculpted hinge screws
  • Ribbon lock in pale purple
Reclaimed Redwood: My sister bought an old house with a redwood deck and discovered its construction debris (redwood cut offs) had been stored in an unfinished basement corner all these years. She gave me a small trunk load of redwood shorts in 4×4”, 2×6”, and a 2×12” and promised more if I like it. They looked kind of rough at first, but I found beauty in a minute.Trim: Rosewood (Morado) and Redwood burl purchased from Rare Woods & Veneers – Carlton McLendon, Inc.Pictures and comments from reclaimed redwood discovery, milling, panel making, and skip pattern box joints follow:The raw pieces showed a variety of grain patterns. I see some old growth heart wood that will be quarter sawn if I cut it right, some clear grade with big rings and waves or curls that look like ribbons, and some rift and flat sawn patterns that look interesting:
Here it is resawn and planed to 1/4 inch thickness. I was careful to keep it all labeled and sorted as I planned to turn the book matched sides out to create a pleasing grain pattern around the box sides or making book matched panels for top and bottom:
After initial milling I designed box dimensions to maximize my yield and cross cut into sets, four box sides each:
Cut skip pattern box joints at the Incra router table jig:
Assembled and glued box frameworks. The waves and curls are looking good. The quarter sawn pieces turned out great. I'd like to learn to read the rings; some sections are very dense as if the tree lived through a drought or are black as if by fire, some sections have robust rings as if there was a rainy year:
The remainder is glued up as matching panels for box tops and bottoms.
Interior zoom:Signed and tied up with a bow:Thanks for reading my post. The main pictures in full resolution are also posted at https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrlaughingbrook/albums/72157712501128668. Comments or questions are welcome. I'll post the next one in a day or so…


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