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Project by jack1 posted 01-02-2010 01:40 AM 1608 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another of my I can’t throw that scrap away projects. I’ve been holding on to a bunch of 8/4 oak for about 4 + years and was about to make firewood but a few pieces spoke to me. These said book ends, another couple said toy fish and toy whale (in process). I taped the two pieces together, followed a line that was in my head for the general shape, used a table sander, router table (3/8” round over bit with a fillet) for the edges. To add a little decoration to the piece, I used a hand engraver to add “wandering ivy” to each side. Unfortunately the engraving doesn’t show up well in the pictures. The pieces are finished with Min Wax “Golden Oak” and hand polished the pieces with wax. The pieces are about 11” tall of 8/4” oak and have some mass so they don’t tip over easily.
I not only got a birthday present to give to a friend today but, I’m also digging my way down the pile of scraps that I just can’t give away because…
Happy New Year!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#1 posted 01-02-2010 01:45 AM

very nice I like the smart use of scrap wood to make something useful

-- Its all about the jigs

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#2 posted 01-02-2010 03:48 AM

isn’t it amazing ,
that every piece has life !

i never throw any wood in the fire ,
( except firewood )
or in the trash ,
unless it cuts my foot up .
and every time you cut it ,
( the wood )
you get more back !

nice book ends , jack .
fun with the dremel too !

have a great new year .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 01-02-2010 04:10 AM

You’ve done some nice work here.
The engraver work is a cool idea.
Have you tried engraving and then
using a wood burner to accent the ivy work?
It may help to make it stand out.
I like the engraving : )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#4 posted 01-02-2010 08:10 AM

Sweet! Brings out the artist in you. I’ve become a big fan of wax. Makes the nice grain pattern stand out.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#5 posted 01-02-2010 07:39 PM

great use of scraps…I need to make some…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 11-13-2011 03:32 AM

Nice bookends.

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#7 posted 11-13-2011 03:49 AM

No wood left behind. It should be a law. I will right my congressman tomorrow.

Great use of scraps and it was a worthy project.

BTW, Woodworking for Dummies is one of my favorite books and it is well worn. I’m my favorite dummy and I’m definitely a woodworker.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 11-13-2011 09:16 PM


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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