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Project by John posted 05-29-2018 01:26 AM 1392 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These boards are for my 4 kids.

My neighbour cut down his Holly Tree last fall. I grabbed a few of the bigger pieces and ripped them thinking I would like the whiter wood for more contrast. I like the results, and the Holly is harder than some of the other woods in the boards.

The spring sure is a busy time, hard to get anything done in the shop, but I’m loving the nice weather.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#1 posted 05-29-2018 01:50 AM

Those are really great John, have not tried doing those yet but they are on my to do list also. What are the dimensions?

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#2 posted 05-29-2018 02:01 AM

Real nice boards, John. I have never had any holly wood but for some projects I do need a white wood and I always go to maple. but holly or sycamore would be nice.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#3 posted 05-29-2018 02:49 AM

Nice boards. The really white holly is prized by Federal period furniture makers for string inlay. It needs to be cut down during a certain season ( i can’t remember which) to prevent the bluish discoloration

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#4 posted 05-29-2018 03:58 AM

Thanks guys. Rick, I have made 6 boards now, all 2” by 12” by 18”. I’ve made jigs to help with the glueing and routing so I’ll probably stick to this size for a few more. Jim, I haven’t had any Sycamore, I’ll be watching for it. Elm55 I did notice the Holly had a bit of blue show up but I didn’t know why.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#5 posted 05-29-2018 05:35 AM

Look way nicer than when I saw them, but I thought you were going to move that one piece of purple heart in board # 3 ?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 05-29-2018 05:41 AM

LOL! Good one Andre.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#7 posted 05-29-2018 01:01 PM

These are very nice boards and I like the random nature of the pattern.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 05-29-2018 01:09 PM

Looks like a good move using that Holly, it really brings out the other woods. All together that’s a great job on these boards John.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 05-29-2018 01:48 PM

Nice random patterns and construction!

Assembly is only a small part, the grooves and surface perfection show your attention to detail (and determination!)

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#10 posted 05-29-2018 10:53 PM

Very nice. Looks great.

-- Our fears are traitors that make us loose the good we might obtain by fearing to attempt. Guy

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#11 posted 05-30-2018 01:23 PM

Nice work, and beautiful boards.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#12 posted 05-31-2018 02:40 PM

Very nice. I like the use of random boards.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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