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Osage Orange and Walnut Bench

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Osage Orange and Walnut BenchMade this last year from a huge slab of Osage Orange and Walnut from NJ, USA. The Osage Orange usually don't get this big, so it was a cool find from my lumber guy. I got a little crazy with the design idea, but in my mind it was a good bye to my sailboat. The entire bench is asymmetric following the slab, and mimicking a sail – low/ wide/foot of sail to high/narrow head of sail.
I know , many people don't get it – and when people walk in the room it's a love or hate relationship with that piece.
Oh well.
The Osage has since darkened to an awesome caramel color.And I still am frustrated with how to rotate pictures on this web site ….



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PICTURE WINDOW TREATMENT

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PICTURE WINDOW TREATMENTNov 8, 2020This is a simple project that I thought Id share cause there may be others out there that can use this concept.The problem is how to hang mini blinds or window shades over a window.In my case SWMBO wanted shades for this picture window in our new sunroom. We started with no shades over it until we realized that in the afternoon the sun came right in and if you were sitting in a chair near that window it got you right in the eyes.The solution was to make a valance to go over the top of the window. This is a view of the valance sitting on a table upside down.This is another view of the top of the valance.The valance is simple to make. It is made from 4-1/4 inch base board and 3-5/8 inch crown molding. The cover of the valance is 1/4 inch plywood. What you dont see are the triangular blocking that I installed to help secure the crown molding to the base board.Screwed to the header above the window is a mounting board. It is a 2 inch wide 3/4 inch thick and is the same length as the window trim it is mounted above.It is painted the same color as the walls so it is almost invisible. On the top edge of the board are pins that stick out about 1/2 inch.On the top cover of the valance I drilled matching holes that slip over the pinsThe board serves several purposes. Besides serving as a means to hang the valance it also is a good place to mount window shades (or mini blinds). Since the board is thicker than the window trim whatever you mount on them will drop nicely in front of the window.Once the window shades (in this case these are cordless cellular fabric shades) are installed the valance is slipped over the pins on the board. Gravity dows the rest.This is what the complete installation looks like. When the shades are up they hide behind the valance.This is what the they look like when drawn down. We couldnt find shades that were long enough for the window so we used 2 shades.Hope this simple project gives you another idea of how you could dress up your windows and earn points from your SWMBO.Thanks for looking. Comments appreciated.



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Another Laser Box I've turned to.

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Another Laser Box I've turned to.Boys and Girls,I have accused C19 for many of my misgivings, however, I cannot continue my vendetta here.On the 10th. November 2020, Assassins Creed Valhalla will be released and to me that is more restrictive than any C19 lockdown I will be going into a trance and self-imposed imprisonment on bread and water to play the game I might even take a sabbatical from the vino.Consequently I must release this project in the next few days.I purchased a Woodpecker Pen Mandrel kit and was pissed at not getting a poopsie black plastic Woodpeckers boxTime for Sketchup,
(animated video of the build), CorellDraw
and Trotec software to laser engrave and cut some bits of MDF to toss about into a makeshift box.The kit came with an instructional set to depict what bushes fit what kit I transposed that to the top of the box (and added some extra text),

This was laser engraved (2 passes),

ebony woodfiller filled,

and sanded (3 passes, different grits). Then it was re-alligned on the laser and the border cut out.
To supplement the full mandrel length with my design, I had about 7 spare slots for bushes
Wont bore you to tears with my construction method, which I'm sure most will appreciate and if it's new to you, please follow some of my previous laser boxes threads there should be enough to satisfy the most discerning individuals out there but here's a sneak peek tantiliser for those two lazy to chase threads,

Mom always insisted I eat my greens I still don't (eat my greens), but do flock in green.
I did take the liberty to install the bushes retainers on self documenting spindles so they can be removed and totally screw me up if replaced in the wrong spot. Holy confusion fatman…
The spindles were a pain as there were 36 of them and consisted of laser cut and engraved collars,

and 6mm dia. dowels,

which were rounded over using this gizmo,

(a review maybe, after Valhall).For anyone paying close attention, you may have noticed that I repeated my box top doco with 2 Chalk holder bushes,

Too bloody lazy to remake the lid with the correct entry, I hand wrote the correction underneath the lid. Unfortunately it was illegible… not sure whether that was because of shaky hands from
too much vino or just failing eyesightHmm, I decided to engrave it instead… Had an inspirational moment and decided to engrave and cut an insert,

with several 6mm holes to store the spindles while using the bushes

I made a couple of extra holes so I could line up any other bushes sets if I was on a production line of different pens clever I thought, even if you didn't.As always I'm sure not everyone into woodworking has a laser, however, there should be one or two laser/CNC owners out there that my get some ideas from this and I'm not suggesting duck hunting.My Viking Valhalla action figurine just arrived,

Now all I have to do is hit the [Post this project] button and simply wait till tomorrow to start playing my gameKeep safe.



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