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Project by harum posted 08-13-2017 11:17 PM 2023 views 11 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This doorbell cover is made entirely of WO and cherry cut-offs left from the side light and side table projects, respectively. The dimensions of the top: 3/4” x 4-3/4” x 14-1/2”; the box is 12” x 7” x 3-13/16”. The front is a floating panel in mortise and tenon stile-and-rail frame. The finish is, of course, ammonia fuming, then garnet shellac followed by satin GF Arm-R-Seal.

Every part except for the top is 1/4” to 3/8” thick QSWO veneer glued onto cherry. I resawed a few 7” to 10” long 8/4 thick pieces of rift-sawn white oak with a tilted blade of the table saw to maximize the ray flecks (medullary rays). Before each cut I tilted the blade so that it was about parallel to the ray flecks visible through the end-grain.

Interestingly, if the tilts of the medullary ray and the blade are exactly the same then the revealed flecks look more like blobs (as shown inside yellow circle on one of the photos). I believe that ray flecks are more attractive when they are shaped like stripes rather than blobs. Luckily, if the table saw blade is not parallel to the rays but tilted 3 to 5 degree angle away then meduallary rays look like stripes (as seen inside purple circle).

The ray flecks in this end grain image are brighter horizontal or so lines, the annual rings are oriented vertically:

Cutting along the yellow line (parallel to the flecks) gives “blob-like” ray flecks, along the purple (at a slight angle)—“stripe-like” flecks.
Overall, this was a fun project, small enough to get rid of some short pieces of scrap wood. If interested in the SketchUp model, please let me know.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."





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#1 posted 08-14-2017 12:19 AM

Beautiful and functional.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#2 posted 08-14-2017 02:24 AM

That’s the nicest door bell cover I have ever seen!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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harum

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#3 posted 08-14-2017 04:34 AM

Thanks for the feedback, Socrbend and TungOil!

Well, this is the cover that came with the doorbell, just cheap plastic:

The transformer for this new doorbell isn’t allowed in the attic. The new WO cover is made large enough to hold the whole doorbell assembly, including the transformer. However, I eventually installed the transformer into a new wall box.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#4 posted 08-14-2017 12:27 PM

This is a beautiful cover and the wood is outstanding.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#5 posted 08-14-2017 01:19 PM

Just a Tad better than the cheap plastic ;)

-- Doug...

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#6 posted 08-14-2017 02:59 PM

Great application, plastic sux 8^)

Thanks for the details on the re-cuts. I have generally tried to cut perpendicular to the grain to get QS flecks with out really realizing how sensitive the results are to slight tweaks in angle. Now I know how to better “choose” my results.

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harum

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#7 posted 08-14-2017 03:29 PM

Greatly appreciate all the comments!

What is puzzling to me is that at the end grain all the medullary rays are perfectly straight lines. When quarter sawn, they form those randomly shaped stripes/blobs and busy patterns.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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splintergroup

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#8 posted 08-14-2017 06:36 PM

From what I understand, they undulate and twist a bit along the board. The ray parallel to your yellow line in the picture above could effectively move closer to the line and rotate slightly if you cut another 1/4” off the board. Another 1/4” cut and it could be right back where it was.

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#9 posted 08-14-2017 09:22 PM

Harum, you hit a triple: 1. It is a great scrap using project. 2. It is educational. 3. It is very attractive. Thank you for sharing!

-- Art

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#10 posted 08-16-2017 09:11 AM

Sweet

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 08-19-2017 10:30 PM

That’s a beautiful doorbell cover—love that ray fleck!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#12 posted 05-07-2019 04:27 PM

Really what a great idea… Nicely done as well.

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