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Project by mleedix posted 09-10-2008 05:29 AM 2582 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not much I know. But wanted to share just a bit. This is a small desktop organizer I designed a year or so ago. It has been one of my customers favorites so though perhaps you all may enjoy it as well. The laminated woods vary a bit but basically consist of Purpleheart, Cherry, Maple, Hickory and red oak. At times I’ve added a bit of Padauk and or Bloodwood for color. If you all like it we’ll post a bit more complex projects down the road when the shops gets back on the roll. Working on a Lacewood, Padauk and Lapacho Jewelry box right now. I’m disabled and work from my chair mostly so it may be a bit but we’ll post pics for those who would like to ganger once it’s complete. Another small taste, the second picture is of a custom cutting board for a knife salesman. The last is a mix of woods chosen for color. Of course this board would not work up north with the climate changes but works like this are fine down in south fla.

-- - Michael "Over 300000 species of trees, yet we take the credit for their beauty..."

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#1 posted 09-10-2008 05:31 AM

BTW- The cutting board for the knife salesman was supposed to look like a Jalepeno pepper. We used maple sandwiched between walnut with a padauk stem.

-- - Michael "Over 300000 species of trees, yet we take the credit for their beauty..."

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#2 posted 09-10-2008 05:35 AM

You get some great contrast in your woods. I for one would like to see the other projects you are working on.
Thanks for sharing!

-- "Skol, Vikings"

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#3 posted 09-10-2008 06:12 AM

yup really digging the contrast, great work

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#4 posted 09-10-2008 12:16 PM


First, welcome to LumberJocks. This is a great place to find those who appreciate your style no matter what it is. I’m curious about three things. Who is “we”? Why would the cutting board in the third picture not work up north? And since I spent several months in a wheel chair recovering from a broken leg, anything you feel comfortable sharing about your disability and how it fits into your woodworking experience would be welcome. I’m guessing that your wife is the other half of we. My wife and I share our woodworking tasks and I find it most enjoyable.

Anyway, thanks for the posts,

-- Jim

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#5 posted 09-10-2008 02:35 PM

Thanks for the kind comments all.

We, well I like to include my family as without them I couldn’t do any of the fun things. OutPutter asked so… breifly I’m on a permenant 10lb weight limit due to nerve injury in my back. It’s held together with four lag bolts and with both legs gone it put a lot of stress on things. Thus the we, the boys especially help me moving stuff around in the shop and at times have to do blade changes for me. My youngest has fallen in love with wood, [14] doesn’t want to play anymore—just turn. Frankly he’s not bad. Now my wife she loves the contrasting colors of the exotics and native woods combined, even in simple works like the ones I posted. Just my thing, when teaching someone to turn I always start them with a small baseball bat. Get em used to holding tools etc. Well last weekend my wife asked me to teach her how to turn. So up popped a small ball bat and now she is wanting to turn pens. My youngest son is on a deadline of sorts. He accepted an offer to do a pen turning demo at one of the local woodworking stores in just under a month. So he is trying to get a few samples of his work stocked up for the show. The wife, she wants to help him get a few pens made. My older son, well he wants to turn and do everything but it seems his real love is rough construction. So he mostly helps move the heavy stuff around and is currently working on building a floor and ramp so that we
can move the TS into it’s intended nesting area where it can reproduce many a projects. So yep, it’s we.
A picture of who we amounts to....

-- - Michael "Over 300000 species of trees, yet we take the credit for their beauty..."

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#6 posted 09-10-2008 03:13 PM

Thanks Michael. That’s an inspiring story. You’ve made the day for me. Now, go post some more projects.

-- Jim

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#7 posted 09-10-2008 06:45 PM

a family that woodworks together…. !!

inspiring is a good word, Jim.!

thanks for sharing Michael

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#8 posted 09-10-2008 07:13 PM

Thanks for sharing your story; woodworking is a personal hobby and to have the whole family involved must be a wonderful experience with opportunities for a special bond that will last a life time. The laminated wood is very stunning, please share more.

Oh, and welcome to LJ, the best WW site on the web where we all share the same project, making friends.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#9 posted 05-28-2009 02:37 AM

Wonderful work Michael. Absolutely gorgeous. I would love to see more. The contrasting woods are stunning. Thank you for sharing!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#10 posted 05-28-2009 02:41 AM

Nice bunch of projects I like the tray best ,good job


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#11 posted 05-28-2009 02:56 AM

beautifull work ,
beautifull family !
more posts…..
welcome .

-- 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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#12 posted 01-05-2010 03:33 AM

Very nice stuff and a splendid looking family to boot!
Love the contrasts in your wood selection.

What finishes do you use and like best?

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

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#13 posted 01-05-2010 04:21 AM

Thanks for the compliments there buckeyedudes!

Finish really depends on the wood selections and intended purpose. Cutting boards I prefer Walnut oil or a cut of Walnut and Mineral oil to bring out the colors better. Small desktop items such as the pencil holder I like either shellac or laquer depending on the woods used. The item above had a clear laquer finish. Figured woods nearly always get Tung Oil, several coats, followed by either poly or shellac depending again on the wood. Most times my finish selection is dictated by the wood as with over 300,000 + species of wood out there we try to let each peice show off natures design.

-- - Michael "Over 300000 species of trees, yet we take the credit for their beauty..."

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