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Another THANK YOU Gift for the 50yr Navy Reunion

Yes the reunion is still on for about one third of the blokes from our mob who aren’t in Lockdown Stay at Home Orders.

One of the blokes on the reunion committee who has been collating the 50yr reunion story book.

I had an offcut of a slab from the Iron Bark tree I had cut down in my yard.

I did a butterfly cut then biscuited and glued the two halves together.

The feature of the piece of timber is the branch which I stabilized with clear epoxy.

All the other smaller splits, holes and imperfections were filled with Starbond medium thick black.

I kept the live edge as best I could.

The board has been sanded very smooth before finishing with my homemade WipeOnPoly

19 3/4” [500mm] long
10 5/8” [270mm] at the widest
7/8” [22mm] thick

A serving board or cheeseboard that’s just a little heavy too!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie





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crowie

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#1 posted 09-28-2021 10:06 AM

I had a look at the top of the board in the sunlight and wasn’t happy with it.

Brought it back into the shed and resanded the top taking the WipeOnPoly finish off.

Gave the top of the board two coats of “raw natural coconut oil” with some sun time between coats.

Much happier with the finish now.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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recycle1943

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#2 posted 09-28-2021 10:53 AM

Peter – I see it and see nice work but what is it’s purpose.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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crowie

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#3 posted 09-28-2021 10:57 AM

G’Day Dick, It’s for use as either a cheeseboard or small serving tray….
Either would be okay from my end.
I know that the gent who’s going to receive it appreciates beautiful Aussie timbers,
so I’ll let him or his wife choice the final use.
Cheers.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 09-28-2021 11:08 AM

That’s pretty, Peter!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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robscastle

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#5 posted 09-28-2021 11:08 AM

“raw natural coconut oil” that should stop the knee joints squeaking !

what that little hole you have drilled in the branch ?...a stainless steel screw maybe

Ha ha

have fun at the reunion, but beware stand by for a bit of a shock as your memories of mates will get a brutal update.

Some I didn’t recognise but after they spoke I realised who they were, but I guess that’s life.

-- Regards Rob

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crowie

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#6 posted 09-28-2021 11:28 AM


have fun at the reunion, but beware stand by for a bit of a shock as your memories of mates will get a brutal update.

Some I didn t recognise but after they spoke I realised who they were, but I guess that s life.

- robscastle

G’Day Rob,
Because I live in New South Wales, I’m ”persona non grata” north of the border in Queensland as the reunion is at Coolangatta.

It has been three to fours years in the planning and organizing!

There was 55 of the intake mob plus partners from all over Australia booked & paid up to attend but only Queensland and Tasmanian residences are allowed in Queensland…humbug!

I have parceled up the two fundraising prizes I made along with the two “thank you” gifts I made, sending them in the post [9.6kgs] to one of the local blokes on the Organizing Committee in Brisbane for the “mini reunion” which is going ahead with about 23 of the mob.

It beggars belief that our country Australia is acting like seven individual counties, I thought we were all Aussie’s; I know I pledged allegiance to the Commonwealth of Australia when I joined up, not to the state were I join that I was born and raised in….YES, very disappointed!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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crowie

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#7 posted 09-28-2021 11:29 AM



That’s pretty, Peter!

- Dave Polaschek

Yes Dave, the butterflying of the imperfect piece has worked well, thank you..,

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#8 posted 09-28-2021 11:45 AM

I think the board looks great!

-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 09-28-2021 01:13 PM

Pretty cool book match, peter. At first look I thought it was a leg bone!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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LittleBlackDuck

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#10 posted 09-28-2021 02:35 PM

Neat bit of bookmatching there crowie... I’d have admired it more if I liked to read.

At least the border closures will prevent you from getting the buccanner’s (outfit) from under your hat.

You have my sympathy… I know the feeling as we are about to go into our 7th. lockdown as my region just got a spike.

Those pollies absolutely suck, but it’s the idiots that cannot follow directions that’s eventually screwing it up for the rest of us.

I appreciate your sacrifice in following border directives…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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therealSteveN

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#11 posted 09-28-2021 04:00 PM



Pretty cool book match, peter. At first look I thought it was a leg bone!!

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

I thought it was the Bees Knee. A nice bookmatch to be sure, I think because of the knots it makes it look anything but flat in most of the closer pics. It wasn’t until the coconut oil that it really looked flat. Shows what some gloss can do to the entire perspective.

-- Think safe, be safe

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crowie

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#12 posted 09-28-2021 10:42 PM

Thank you ladies and gents for the kind words, I often balk at this sort of woodwork but pleased with the outcome.

I got a notification that the parcel will be delivered in Brisbane today…that’s this one plus these..

https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/419898

https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/420149

https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/420354

So a little happier that someone at the reunion will receive a nice handmade wooden item from the shed of “A Crowe Creations”

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Cliff

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#13 posted 09-29-2021 05:18 AM

BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Lovely piece of Timber. I think it will be enjoyed and admired.

Great Finish Too!!!!!! Regards…...Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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