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Project by bch posted 01-07-2014 06:18 PM 1591 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is borrowed from Shopdog. Thanks, Shopdog, for sharing. I needed a small, manageable Holiday gifts project and this fit the need this year.

Mostly, I think they came out very well. The wormy walnut and maple are of course a classic duo. However, this project undoubtedly failed my goal of being quick—gosh there is a lot of hand sanding and finishing required. My thumb muscles are in such shape I would like to challenge Arnold Schwarzenegger to a thumb wrestling match.

-- --bch

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#1 posted 01-07-2014 06:24 PM

Hello Bch

I’ve seen the shopdog project and I like it

Your new idea of contrasting wood is a must ( in my future for christmas gift in 2014 )

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#2 posted 01-07-2014 07:31 PM

I wonder if it would work a tad bit better if the hole was drilled askew of the plane….


-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#3 posted 01-07-2014 07:50 PM

Maniac Mike might have a good point. That would make it a right or a left-handed item to use since your hand is normally a skew holding a paperback book. Something to think about. I really like the contrast would and the idea in general. Great job!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#4 posted 01-08-2014 12:06 AM

Great IDEA

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#5 posted 01-08-2014 02:30 PM


It makes me happy to see some folks making these.
I like the contrasting wood.
The sanding does take time. I roundover the edges of the hole…before I cut the shape

I was hoping someone would improve on the design/shape.
ok then…there’s the challenge :-)

-- Steve--

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#6 posted 01-09-2014 06:41 AM

When I first saw these I thought they were one of the dumbest things I’ve seen.
I haven’t changed my mind but I bet others would get it more than I do.
My family is a bunch of book worms. I’ll probably make a few and see what they think.
I do like the way you went the extra mile and did the glue-up….......................

-- mike...............

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