Oak Karate Belt Rack

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Project by Beau & Kara Studios posted 07-09-2012 07:57 PM 4540 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made a Karate Belt rack out of oak and maple. The main support is rough sawn maple and the remainder is oak.

The maple support has large saw mill marks in it to symbolize that there is beauty under ugliness. My maple is from an Amish sawmill and looks terrible from being out in the weather for 5 years, but gorgeous after the right amount of work.

Every oak shelf has a defect in it; spaulting, knots, curly, worm holes, or burl in order to symbolize that no matter how high you get in rank, there are always flaws in your technique. In other words, nobody is perfect.

The defects are considered very favorable in my woodworking because they give the piece so much extra character. Defects are considered undesirable when buying wood but very desirable for woodworkers.

The top shelf has the most character in it. It contains a small amount of oak burl, the most desirable flaw and ugly part of a tree, reserved for the Black Belt.

Maybe I put too much thought into my work. I don’t care, it’s fun!

-- Beau Lasiewicz

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#1 posted 07-09-2012 09:30 PM

I really like the idea of a belt rack. I may have to make one of these when my son gets his Black belt.

Thanks for sharing.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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T. D. Reid

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#2 posted 07-10-2012 01:10 AM

Both belt racks look great. Where did you get the pattern from? Can you share it if you designed it? I need one for my nine year old who is getting ready to test for his blue belt in Tai Kwon Do. Thanks

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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Beau & Kara Studios

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#3 posted 07-10-2012 03:31 AM

My email is [email protected] Send me an email and I will send you a pdf file of my AutoCad drawings. I got the design from another lumber jock and the pattern I created myself.

-- Beau Lasiewicz

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#4 posted 11-16-2012 03:47 AM

Bravo to both of you Beau, you and the other lumber jock who gave you the design, love how you describe the flaws and the levels. No fun just following a set of drawings unless you have to. The design is there but in your case the pattern made it yours. Nice job.

-- Mark, ”...NEWBEE: On the road to learning a lot; but; a lot more to learn…” ("My Granddad used to tell me, if you didn't learn something new today, it just wasn't worth getting out of bed")

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