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Platter From Queensland Silky Oak

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Platter From Queensland Silky OakI was given some pieces of Silky Oak from my good Neighbour and Friend 2 doors up the road, he was chucking out an Old Bed. So after gluing it into four squares I was able to create Two square Boards. But to ensure the glued joints held securely I glued with the joints crossing across the bottom board. Thus achieving two blanks around 2 inches thick. Although this would mean each blank would have the grain running this way and that way. Anyway I think it worked and to a basic woodworker like me it was a really good learning experience.
I still have the second Blank and in the process of completing the second Platter.
Kev and Kath will Grin from ear to ear, when I give them the PlattersThe platter was glued with TiteBond 3. My favourite glue. It was finished with CABOTTS Bench Top Food Safe Varnish. I think it was 4 coats and rubbed lightly between coats with 0000 Steel Wool. I must admit Steel Wool worries me a bit, but I always wear a mask just to protect my throat and lungs.Almost Forgot….Platter is 9 inches Diameter and 1 1/2 inches Deep.Kind regards to all Lumber Jocks…...Cliff.



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Small Black Puzzle Box

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Small Black Puzzle BoxBoy and Girls,This is not a duplicate but rather me running out of new derivative names and this is much, much, slightly bigger.
I initially called it simple, however, I have renamed it as Small as it's not simple to solve but heavily made by a simple-tonWhile cruising for a bruis bullshit a new puzzle, I came across this puzzle box.
With so much diversity and innovations here at LJ, it's difficult to come up with another weird box design, but obviously there's not too many puzzle boxes presented so this was the case of a

I'm resigned to the fact that I can't make boxes as pretty, pretty like most LJers, however, I reckon I can befuddle the majority of recipients in trying to peek inside mine… so internal design is of little importance.Holmesing on my deer stalker hat, grabbing my calabash and sighting up the magnifying glass, I forensically tracked down this puzzle to this purchasable plan from Woodsmith.
I couldn't find any measurements or schematics elsewhere, so I parted with a few shekels and purchased the plans. While I don't mind reaching into my pockets (they're not lobster pots, where money goes in but doesn't come out), I was a tad disappointed with the plans themselves they seemed like they were drawn up about 30-40 years ago and the only update was by a school kid with some colouring pencils
In reality, it's not that bad, however, it's a typical woodie magazine diagram and I was somewhat disappointed.Nevertheless, I persevered and imported it into SketchUp.

As the plans are All Rights Reserved, I considered that presenting only the remaining Lefts, left (pun intended) a lot to be desired
Full disclosure could have the copyright police knocking on my door so consequently I exported the SketchUp into this animated video and a flat PDF file so measurements and full design could not be plagiarised, however, could still give people some inspiration. The flat file can be accessed through pointer in the above animation… you want it, you go and get it.While the plans advocate making out of solid timber using a 3mm router bit for dados and trenches, I opted for lamination out of 3mm MDF 3×3mm cut on the laser and laminated to form the appropriate profiles.Pressing on, out of respect for complaining LJ'ers about the length of my articles, I will keep the following narrative short and the pictures smaller so those people don't have too much to digest.For those interested in the solution,
!https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/qwodd95.jpg!Ta-DA!
If other want the saga in better detail, feel free to check out this video which I have stretched out just in retaliation.Keep safe, jocks... and your jocks, safe!



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Eucalyptus Bowl

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Eucalyptus BowlA little gal that has some figure in all the right places.Eucalyptus (a.k.a. Sugar Gum) 5 1/2” x 2”
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Woodworking in America: Meggan Smith

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We're interviewing makers from all 50 states. Today we're featuring Meggan Smith, a woodworker and small-business owner from Kansas. How did you get started woodworking? Who were your mentors? My woodworking career began with a patio project with my husband. …Source

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