Failing the Rorschach Test

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Project by Manitario posted 03-25-2019 12:57 AM 2061 views 7 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A bit of a departure from my ordinary furniture making. I’ve had the idea for this project kicking around in my head for a couple of years now, finally had a bit of a break between projects to put it together. Was an old barn beam, not sure the species of wood. Sanded to 320 and then 4 coats of a homemade concoction of tung oil/blo/poly.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#1 posted 03-25-2019 01:40 AM

Cool looking, can’t explain it, but just cool looking. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#2 posted 03-25-2019 02:01 AM

Cool wall art. Can you describe in more detail the finish? Does it have advantages over the individual counterparts?

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#3 posted 03-25-2019 02:04 AM

Pretty cool artwork. I like it. Are they epoxied together?

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 03-25-2019 02:40 AM

Thanks guys!
Oni: It was just a quick concoction that I mixed together; 1/2 poly, 1/8 BLO 1/8 Tung oil and 1/4 turpentine. No advantage over what is available commercially, just what I had left over.

Swirt: not epoxied, screwed to a wood frame at the back.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#5 posted 03-25-2019 03:22 AM

I really like that a lot. The inner beauty of that old piece of barn wood on exhibit inch by inch. Nice idea and nice work.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#6 posted 03-25-2019 05:09 AM

Interesting thing to look at. With that much checked, and cracked grain I imagine 320 was something of a chore. I find 220 starts to shred when it encounters irregularities.

Thanks for posting.

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#7 posted 03-25-2019 11:23 AM

Reminds me of those composite photos from Hubble Telescope – I see comets, planets, stars, nebulas, and galaxies – an art critic would call it a grand commentary on our role in the universe through a juxtaposition of inner and out space – I’ll just call it a really cool piece of wall art. Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#8 posted 03-25-2019 01:28 PM

that makes a real interesting wall cover,looks great.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#9 posted 03-25-2019 02:34 PM

I think that Block in Row 6 and 4th row down is in the wrong place? :)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#10 posted 03-25-2019 02:41 PM

Now if only you could make art from sawdust, then you would really have something… (-:
Don’t think it would pass the wife test in this household, but I like it.

10 degrees warmer than average, and the snow is a melting… hopefully before the next snowstorm… (-:

No real shop time lately, mostly due to medical issues, that are fortunately resolving…

Have a good one, and don’t forget to smell the roses along the way…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 03-25-2019 03:00 PM

Very Cool. Always fun to see pieces on LumberJocks and then say…Hey, I know that guy from Instagram!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#12 posted 03-25-2019 03:16 PM

Thanks guys!
therealSteveN: yes, sanding to 320 was not fun at all. They kept looking better the finer the grit I used though…

Jim: Thanks! Glad to hear that you’re on the mend. It’s slowly warming up here too, very slowly. It’s going to be a late spring.

Triumph: yeah, I saw your project post ?last week and thought the same! You make amazing stuff!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#13 posted 03-25-2019 04:25 PM

Very cool idea and execution! I think it would be neat to put the cookies in sequence as they are cut from the log. Now I just need to find an interesting old barn beam . . .

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#14 posted 03-25-2019 06:03 PM

This is great, nice work!

-- Lynne, New Zealand - Crikey, Aussie is another country, Bro.

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#15 posted 03-25-2019 08:12 PM

Looks great! I had been knocking around an idea similar to it but I had the blocks cut at different angles and all angles randomly placed. I also thought of burning the exposed surfaces to highlight the grain. Maybe I should take it out of my head and put it together.

-- Ken Flood

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