Tock Board - Another Joint Project!

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Project by ellen35 posted 02-04-2012 12:06 PM 6147 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the third tock board we have made for the same customer. She likes them so much that every one of her sons and daughters has now ordered one. When she previewed it yesterday, she told us there were plenty more members of her family so get ready to make more! This is another joint project with Lorna (moonls). We compliment each other’s skills well and have worked on many projects together. Hats off to Lorna for being able to work with me!!
Anyway…on to the board. It is made of 1/4 sawn oak (customer requested oak) with a wenge stripe just to add some accent. The chatoyance in the oak is just spectacular as you can see in some of the pictures. It has something on the order of 124 marble wells in a circle, on the edges and up to the middle. This was done with a template I made several years ago. It is 24” x 24” with 45 degree cuts on the corners. We finished it using Bush Oil which we picked up at the Woodworking Show. I highly recommend this oil (no one really knows what the combination of ingredients are – sort of like the Bush Beans commercial ;-) – this oil is by far the best we have ever used and it just made the wood pop. It was sanded to 800 grit and is just soooooo smooth! What we really like is that the rays make it look almost 3 dimensional but when touched, it is unbelievably smooth.
Thanks for looking.
Ellen and Lorna

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#1 posted 02-04-2012 12:19 PM

Fabulous… would like to touch it…

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#2 posted 02-04-2012 12:38 PM

Really beautiful! You are right – it looks three dimensional! You both do wonderful work! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 02-04-2012 02:26 PM

crisp and clean

let’s see …..
every 9 months squared …..

better find more oak girls

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 02-04-2012 02:33 PM

Great Job !!
I think drilling all those divots would be the bane of the board.
You and Lorna certainly have a lot of patience.
Love the Bush Oil finish, can’t wait to try some of mine.
What do you use for marbles ? How many are required for the game ?


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#5 posted 02-04-2012 02:47 PM

I didn’t know what tock was. Had to google it and read about it in wikapedia. Super nice. You mention oak and how the customer requested it. It almost sounded like you would have chosen another wood. I’m actually rather fond of oak. It looks old fashioned to some people but have you noticed that it’s the one wood that does look old fashioned by at the same time never goes out of style. I love that it has a very pronounced grain and that it finished a beautiful color as it did here. I often use Waterlox. I think it’s similar but with a faster drying time. I see online that Bush oil gets great press from those who use it.
Looks like you’ll be getting a few more orders huh?

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#6 posted 02-04-2012 02:52 PM

very nice game board. wonderful joint effort. very nice

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#7 posted 02-04-2012 03:48 PM

Chatoyance!?? That’s a good one. I’ve been around oak forever and never heard that one used to describe it. I’ll remember it though, especially if I dealing with jewelers and rock hounds. Nice job on the board. Like a previous poster, I hadn’t heard of this game before. May have to make one of these some day. My family likes marble games.

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#8 posted 02-04-2012 04:09 PM

Thanks for posting our project Ellen. We were so pleased that the Bush sanding techniques we just learned about actually produced such a fantastic finish!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#9 posted 02-04-2012 04:57 PM

Very nice finish, Have to look into that Bush oil. Great job !!

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#10 posted 02-04-2012 05:34 PM

Ellen/Lorna, great job. This presents so nicely. The quartersawn oak is beautiful alone but the Bush oil really enhances the grain. Add me to the list of those not knowing what tock is. It’s nice to know some folks are still enjoying simple family-oriented board games.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#11 posted 02-04-2012 06:05 PM

you two are a wonderful team, this board is beautiful and with your jig, you have made all the holes line up perfectly, and it looks as good as it can get, so a standing ovation and a round of clapping from me. i wish you guys well with more orders and i know the customers will not be disappointed…..grizz

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#12 posted 02-04-2012 06:48 PM

Wonderful board nice work , a game ? I’m not familiar with but you both have done a great job.


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#13 posted 02-04-2012 07:40 PM

great job, these types of games are so much better for the family than the electronic games, you can talk and eat and enjoy each other’s company while playing.

-- Smitty!!!

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#14 posted 02-04-2012 11:37 PM

Beautiful board, the figure really does show up in the pictures. Drilling all those holes would have driven me nuts. You two seem to have it all worked out though, you’re a great team.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#15 posted 02-05-2012 06:21 AM

as usual , spectacular!! you and lorna did a good job. that bush oil in mfg just west of here

-- wiser1934, new york

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