Yet Another Christmas Projects Post

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Project by superstretch posted 12-26-2012 07:05 PM 2633 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Once again Christmas arrived much too quickly this year. I wanted to avoid the candle holders, picture frames, cutting boards, etc that are typically given and decided to get a little artistic.

The first project was a rootball that I had among my collection of cutoffs and random bits that came from a retiring woodworker. I had in mind a sculpture of sorts.. something inspired by the piece in the livingroom on the set of Two and a Half Men . The base is a round puck of a kind of rosewood.. really beautiful stuff.

The second is a piece of crazily-spalted maple. The board refuses to stay flat, so I played on that and framed it with a slightly-wider border of walnut, tacked and glued in places where it seemed to pivot on. A blast of spray-shellac really darkened it up and brought out the color.

The third project was a cherry serving tray. It was incredibly quick to make and I think I took about a dozen orders from family members for future trays.

The last piece was a walnut branch from the back yard. I split it in half last year and let it dry. There were some streaks of silver and blue where the sapwood and heartwood meet, so it looks pretty cool. I stepped one half higher than the other to give it a little more appeal.

All four projects took about 6 hours of work, minus a few hours of rattle-canning and sanding.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#1 posted 12-26-2012 07:27 PM

Another set of unique gift ideas. Like the artistic appeal of the rootball sculpture, a great conversation piece in the house. Overall great and useful projects out of wood.


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#2 posted 12-26-2012 07:46 PM

These are cool the tray is my favorite,extra nice work.


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#3 posted 12-26-2012 11:27 PM

Very nice work! The tray will come in handy!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 12-27-2012 06:22 PM

Like the tray. All are beautiful.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 12-31-2012 07:50 PM

Thanks for the comments, guys!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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