Don't throw away that cutoff with the ugly knot

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Project by doug_w posted 03-24-2022 08:02 PM 963 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had this cut-off from a board of maple that had an ugly knot that didn’t go all the way through the board. The other side had a lot of character so I decided to make an Andy style art box and use it. The plan was to mount the medallion with the knot down and be careful not to sand down to the knot when sculpting the box. Then I got the bright idea of mounting the knot side up and sand down through the knot, removing most of it. This box was the result. The pattern around the knot was way more interesting than the other side of the cut-off with much more chatoyance.

So be careful with that piece of wood with the ugly knot. The box is sepele with all other parts maple.

-- Doug, Georgia

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#1 posted 03-24-2022 09:08 PM

That looks good. I agree save the knotty wood scraps.

I have some small pieces with knots sitting around. May put into a small turning once I fill it.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#2 posted 03-24-2022 10:05 PM

What a Beaut!!!
Great use of “trash” wood scraps.
Love it!

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#3 posted 03-24-2022 10:49 PM

it’s sad that some guys would throw that away or use as firewood.thats gold to me,and beautiful.

-- 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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#4 posted 03-24-2022 11:11 PM

Great looking and good use of the wood.

-- Ron

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#5 posted 03-24-2022 11:45 PM

That’s beautiful. I have a plank of 8/4 black walnut that I bought to make a cover for the door bell, only because it had some wild grain at one end. I only needed about a foot, but I bought the whole 5 foot board.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#6 posted 03-25-2022 01:35 AM

Very neat. Would love to see the inside of the box too. What finish did you use? Looks great!

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#7 posted 03-25-2022 11:29 AM


-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 03-25-2022 12:03 PM

everything about it is stunning

-- 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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#9 posted 03-25-2022 08:28 PM

Looks great. I appreciate the nod to Andy.

-- Petey

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#10 posted 03-29-2022 06:33 PM

Looks great, love the look of the knot and contouring.

-- No matter where you go, there ya are!l

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#11 posted 03-30-2022 12:53 PM

Nice work Doug, the knot grabs the eye, good save!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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