A Jolly Roger Board is born....

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Blog entry by degoose posted 09-30-2011 12:41 PM 2298 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the following post, you will be able to witness the birth of a Blue Gum Jolly Roger Board…

I picked up this rough bit of Blue Gum from a mate…

It needed to be dressed and thicknessed and would not fit through the 15 in model I have…

So out came the TWC…

It was to be 25 mm [1 inch] thick but I think something like this should be a little thicker.. 37 mm [1 1/2 inch]

Ripped it on the table saw… actually it was a cross cut… but ripped it against the fence and then cut the end using an Incra Mitre Express… I cut that at 5 degrees just for a slight difference… the other end was cut with a curve using a jig on the bandsaw…

Here you can see the angle cut and the curve end… and of course the bl**dy fantastic grain… I wet it with a little mineral spirit…

This is as far as I have got… oh I did round over the edges with a router… still need to work out where the Skull and CrossBones go…


Or this?? ... the bottle cap is where a hole will be drilled…

What do you think… I will be asking Roger what he thinks… let me know..!!

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 09-30-2011 12:59 PM

You are on your way to another winner. Two years ago I took my mother shopping for a bedroom set and we came across one that took my breath away. It was made of eucalyptus wood (Blue Gum) and had the silkiest looking grain I had ever seen. When I look at your CB thats exactly what I see. In fact, since my mother passed away in May, I have the bedroon set in my garage and I haven’t decided what to do whit it. I may just sell it so someone else can enjoy this wonderful wood.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#2 posted 09-30-2011 01:01 PM

I vote to put them on the rounded end – that end usually gets less use as well as just looking better. :-)

DAMN I like that Torque Center – that is one slick piece of kit!!!! Have you figured out how to have it make your bed yet???



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#3 posted 09-30-2011 01:12 PM

I vote for the rounded end too! Degoose you really wow me with your talent!

-- Snookie, Jasper,GA

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#4 posted 09-30-2011 01:13 PM

Larry ;
Just a thought; maybe put round magnets under the bottle caps for holding a knife.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#5 posted 09-30-2011 01:33 PM

Hey Larry….that board is going to look awesome when finished!

Go for the caps on the rounded edge, in my opinion….

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#6 posted 09-30-2011 01:33 PM

Rounded end, Larry.
Or… other end if you are putting in a handle on the rounded end.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 09-30-2011 01:51 PM

Straight edge, Larry. Beautiful board.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#8 posted 09-30-2011 01:54 PM

Beautiful piece of wood, it looks like it’s on fire.
I vote for the rounded end, but honestly I think the skulls take away from the impact of the wood. I would leave it without anything but the hole.

-- ~Julie~

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will delaney

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#9 posted 09-30-2011 01:59 PM

Larry,you do acquire some of the best wood around. Looks like another great project in the works. I can’t say which side I prefer. I will have to wait to see the finished project, but then i guess it will be to late.

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#10 posted 09-30-2011 02:02 PM

Both work for me.
I too like the idea of magnets under the caps for knife holding.
That is a very pretty piece of lumber.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 09-30-2011 02:09 PM

I used to have an art teacher who always said: A good artist needs to know when to stop. You’ll make the right decision on this one….........

-- mike...............

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#12 posted 09-30-2011 02:19 PM

a beautiful hunk-a-hunk-a wood. if I were gonna put them on the rounded edge, I’d turn them horizontally like on the straight edge… just my $.02 BUT, either way, it’ll look gr8

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#13 posted 09-30-2011 02:30 PM

yo ho ho and a bottle of rum….....i think it would rhyme …red gum rum …in your tummy tum tum…..i just scored high speed larry,,,,first time ever for me… so excited i could …well… about a pee pee dance….lol

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 09-30-2011 03:15 PM

Beautiful piece of wood.

Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 09-30-2011 03:47 PM

Wow..look at the fire grain in that wood. Beautiful. Larry!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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