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Project by Milton Toal posted 04-03-2013 06:04 AM 2114 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Three of end-grain of selected Cypress pine and one of various other woods. The Cypress Pine with the handle was made by only glueing up the centre pieces to about 20mm either side of the proposed cut-out then drilling and dowelling so that the handle won’t break in use or if the board is bumped or dropped.

The side-grain of which I made two but shaped the corners and edged them very differently include red-gum, jarrah, Tasmanian Blackwood, Tasmanian Cheesewood, New Guinea Rosewood, with several unidentified timbers. The beautiful pink board next to the centre piece of Cheesewood came from a bed frame left on the naturestrip. It is so lovely I am going to ask my timber specialist to identify it in the hope that I can get some wider pieces.

I took one of the side-grain boards up to 1200 grit wet and dry on an orbital sander. As a result, it had a high natural finish and needed only one coat of Tung oil to produce a lovely sheen.

-- Milton Toal, Doncaster, Melbourne Australia.

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#1 posted 04-03-2013 06:50 AM

I sure would like to see those with my own eyes….I’m pretty sure a picture does not do them justice.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 04-03-2013 07:08 AM

Crazy…in a good way…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 04-03-2013 07:15 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#4 posted 04-03-2013 08:42 AM

Man that is some great work! Love this wood. The grain pattern is sick! Love it!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 04-03-2013 03:09 PM

Nice work, amazing how it looks in the first picture.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 04-03-2013 06:27 PM

OMG… one more raising the bar…

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#7 posted 04-04-2013 12:58 AM

Thanks everyone. I love doing these.

The photos don’t do them justice but hey, what can you do?

For the Cypress Pine end-grain boards I got the wood retail. They were pickets without shaped heads. I selected one at a time from the rack. 8 boards out of several hundred. The guy filling his 6X4 trailer with pickets wondered what the hell I was up to, I’m sure.

At home, I ran both edges through the table saw to square them off then made the decisions on cuts to get the effects you see. There are many subtleties in these and as people see the boards more they start to see the nuances and remark on them. Encourage you all to have a go.

-- Milton Toal, Doncaster, Melbourne Australia.

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#8 posted 04-05-2013 04:39 PM

Like your boards, very interesting and unique patterns. You have beautiful woods and great finish as well.

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