Barnwood Karate Belt Holder

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Project by TObenhuber posted 01-12-2016 08:07 PM 7580 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This karate belt holder was requested from a friend for Christmas. I finally delivered it yesterday. I hope they enjoy it.

The construction is very basic. The wood is from a barn in Maryland. I cleaned up the boards with several light passes through the planer on the show side. On the sides that were not for show I mill then to the appropriate thickness as per my plans. Then I jointed the boards on the tablesaw using a homemade jig. Then cut the boards to final dimensions. I used pocket screws in the back and finished nailed the rest. As it was barnwood, I left the nail holes showing. I finished the boards with a light sanding to be remove splinters and clean up the end grain. Then I darkened the clean cut edges with vinegar and steel wool and it darken great. This raised the grain and then I finished sanded the whole thing again. Finally I sprayed the whole project with a couple coats of polyacrylic sanding between coats. I also screwed on a french cleat to the back for hanging on the wall. I sent the project with the appropriate screws and the other half of the french cleat.

Things I learned. Barnwood is some tricky stuff and has probably been exposed to water for a long time. The boards I received don’t always stay together or have cracks through the middle of the board. I did have to rip out some of weak points and laminate several of the thicker boards to get the appropriate dimensions. Light passes through the planer got ride of the glue marks and after the vinegar it was hardly noticeable that there is a lamination or two. Fun project.

I am interested to know more about budget friendly ways of shipping heavy projects. I have now used USPS and UPS to ship two separate projects. Those methods are pretty expensive once the project gets over a couple pounds. I have looked at grey hound shipping and saw that they offer door to door shipping at budget friendly prices but I haven’t actually called them yet. Does anyone have any experience shipping projects without breaking the bank.

If you are interested in more like this, please check out my Facebook Page and “like” to see all of the pictures and other fun things. Link below.

Also, I can send you the Sketchup if you are interested in building one similar to this. Just PM me on my Facebook page.

-- Travis, Virginia,

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#1 posted 01-13-2016 11:38 AM

Looks good. Thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 01-13-2016 11:48 AM

Thanks for the complement.

-- Travis, Virginia,

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