Desk backboard, cubicle conversation piece

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Blog entry by rockb posted 12-16-2008 10:44 PM 4382 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This simple project was prompted by a forum topic, What do you do for a living? The topic was interesting to me because of the diversity of the folks, jobs, specialties of many of you. I guess with 6000 plus people on LJ’s, there’s gonna be quite a cross section of life. One thing that we all do have in common is our love of wood and what can be created with it.

Seems that after we make something, we like to share with others. Problem is, after we share with our wife/mom/”significant other”, they might say “Ain’t that purty, put it on the shelf with the other stuff”. Not much more that they can say but still not exactly what we want to hear. : (

I know lots of folks are in an environment far removed from the shop, sawdust,..... you know, the stuff that’s really important. Got me thinking about what can a “woodie” do who has to be at work but still wants to l enjoy his hobby and maybe share it with co-workers.

As you can see, by the pics, there’s nothing really complicated about the principle of the backboard… is about at the top of my skill level though. : ( It was fun to make. I put it on an old desk in my carport just for ease of taking a picture or two. If you think “parquet floor” on a wall, you have pretty much captured the essence.

The desk in this case is 60” wide, the laths are about 1 1/2” wide, about 1/2” thick, doweled and glued to three vertical laths in the back. The vertical pieces do extend below the surface of the desk, between the desk and wall for ease of mounting. Pull your desk out about an inch and drop ‘er in. If you had lots of short pieces, add as many “verticals” as you’d like. My thought is of the number of interesting combinations of pretty woods, bookmatching potential, alternating colors, designs, maybe some scented wood, anything your creative mind can think of.

First, you just gotta have a Woodmizer LT10 for making the laths…....although a table saw works okay too ; ) and you need a doug fir log, but you can also substitute a board or two, three…...actually the more the better.

I’m a logger in “real life” so the log wasn’t too difficult to find, not to mention, affordable… free! I love that WM, smallest one they make. I use it for breaking down big chunks into little chunks that I sell on ebay. I sell mostly pen blanks, knife scales, turning blocks, guitar wood, gun grips, etc. Mostly redwood burl, curly redwood, manzanita burl and buckeye burl. These are all native to my area, Redding, California. BTW, if you’re cruisin’ around on ebay, enter …..rockb’s… an ebay search window and my stuff should pop up. I also have a smaller bandsaw for cutting the little pieces. : )

The below pic wasn’t really necessary but I know how much I enjoy looking at other posts with lots of pics. You know, the one picture is worth a thousand words thing…....saves lots of typiing. ; )
You can see below I made as many boards as I could, turned ‘em on edge, made four laths at a pass.

If you could keep ‘em all in order, bookmatching these laths wouldn’t be impossible and could look really pretty on the backboard.

A bunch of laths before planing.

I love the smell of shavings in the morning…...or afternoon…....or… ; )

The pics end here but the ideas don’t. I guess they could go on forever, not sure if that’s a good thing or not. One thing you turner guys might try is adding some turned “shelves”, visualize a turned cone, put it upside down on your bandsaw, “flat” side down, cut it exactly in two so you have two half cones, mount them on the backboard with dowels/glue….whatever…...but with the flat side “up”, and ya got a couple shelves. A good opportunity to show some petty turning designs by variations in the “cone” part but turned “discs” cut in two would work great too. Depends on what you put on ‘em. Mount them on the backboard wherever they look good. Now, what are ya gonna put on those shelves…..hmmmmm…...

I make lots of little wooden things, desk accessories, key chains, firesteels, that I give to folks in my Church. Most of what I make has a little witnessing tool attached that is used as a conversation starter for telling people about God. Yep, I’m a card carryin’ member of that “vast right wing conspiracy”, sometimes called a born again Christian. I try not to be obnoxious in telling others but life after this one and where you spend “forever’ is sorta important. Some of you Christian “woodies” who want to use your woodworking skills for the “Creator of wood”, might take a tour through my website.
It’s a no frills site but whaddaya expect from a logger with fat fingers. : )

If you’re still here, thanks for reading my first posting/blog.

-- I know the Creator of wood......Yeah, I'm a name dropper. : )

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#1 posted 12-17-2008 02:55 AM

Thanks for posting the process of what’s put into cutting a log into “purty” boards. I like some others (and you) enjoy seeing the progressive pictures, and not just the end results. IF I had the money, I’d own a small mill. As it stands, I have a buddy who owns one, but it’s still not the same as drooling over my own.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#2 posted 12-17-2008 09:07 PM

Hey Ric, thanks for the note. Lucky you for having a mill owner buddy. Have looked at the Mizers for years, finally bit the bullet, got one, love it. Problem is after you make a board or two you gotta either sell it or build something. I’m sorta challenged on the building part as you can see by that complicated thing I made. ; )

-- I know the Creator of wood......Yeah, I'm a name dropper. : )

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