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01-17-2020 03:32 PM

Topic tags/keywords: crotch wood grain suggestions question maple

Going through a neighbor’s firewood pile, I found a nice crotch log and opened it up on the band-saw, scoring the ~8 nice mini-slabs ~10” x 14” and 1/2” thickness. I have slathered paint on the end-grain and stickered them to dry in the garage. I just have no idea what to do with them aside from the usual box lid. Maybe a plaque for a family member? I see some interesting coloration, maybe spalting too…...

We can talk about jointer versus hand-plane vs scraper later, right now I am just open to what to make, get into the technical “how” later. ;)


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#1 posted 01-17-2020 03:34 PM

Maybe some sort of wall hung cabinet? Liquor maybe?

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#2 posted 01-17-2020 04:39 PM

Given the size, humidors or other boxes.

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#3 posted 01-17-2020 04:58 PM

Lathe turnings

-- Phil Allin - There are woodworkers and people who collect woodworking tools. The woodworkers have a chair to sit on that they made.

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#4 posted 01-17-2020 04:58 PM

For the 4 I outlined my brain is thinking 2 drawer fronts with bookend crotch grain if that makes sense. Think like a small diamond pattern on the drawer front. Maybe a couple side tables with a top drawer?

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#5 posted 01-17-2020 05:47 PM

Box tops or drawer fronts would probably be your best bet.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#6 posted 01-17-2020 06:00 PM

It looks like it has a fungus in the wood so would put them back in the burn pile.
Too risky fungus and mold can make you very ill. Esp if you sand wood.

-- Aj

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#7 posted 01-17-2020 07:46 PM

I see boxes, lots of boxes.

Aj, LMAO,,,,, It’s a fungus among us.

They got stuff for that, or so I’m told.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 01-17-2020 07:51 PM

Charcuterie boards seem to be the trend now. And the fungus/mold would only add to the flavor of the blue cheese.

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#9 posted 01-17-2020 08:19 PM

yeah that fungus is very bad best send those to me for proper disposal ;-)

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#10 posted 01-17-2020 08:43 PM

I also see boxes, way cool boxes.

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#11 posted 01-17-2020 09:07 PM



I see boxes, lots of boxes.

Aj, LMAO,,,,, It s a fungus among us.

They got stuff for that, or so I m told.

- therealSteveN

Ha I guess there’s are ways around it. Mold is the worst of the two. I recommend this. :)

-- Aj

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#12 posted 01-18-2020 01:12 AM

I see some nice cribbage boards or maybe some serving trays

-- No dust on the floor....No money in the bank

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#13 posted 01-18-2020 02:19 AM

I see boxes, lots of boxes.

Aj, LMAO,,,,, It s a fungus among us.

They got stuff for that, or so I m told.

- therealSteveN

Ha I guess there’s are ways around it. Mold is the worst of the two. I recommend this. :)

- Aj2


i dont know that wood looked pretty TOXIC i dont think that would be enough protection! ;-)

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#14 posted 01-23-2020 05:37 PM

How about a clock face? You might need some large clock hands to stand out against the wild figure, but Amazon has a bunch to choose from. Coasters?

Beautiful save on that wood. Too pretty to burn.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#15 posted 02-16-2020 03:39 AM

I’ll buy some from you!

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