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12-23-2013 09:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: project zebrawood mahogany exotic

so I have some pieces of extra wood and I need an idea for a project. Here is a list of the wood I have:
2 pieces of Zebrawood that is 12” by 7 ” by 1/2”
2 pieces of Bubinga that is 12” by 7 1/2” by 1/2”
16 pieces of African Mahogany that is 13 1/2” by 1 3/4” by 1”
16 pieces of African Mahogany that is 9 1/4” by 1 3/4” by 1”
1 piece of Brazilian Cherry that is 11” long by 8” by 3/4”
1 piece of Brazilian Cherry that is 11 1/2” long by 5 3/4” by 3/4”
1 piece of Bubinga that is 11 1/2” by 7” by 3/4”

I know I can make some cutting boards but was wondering if anyone else had some ideas/plans/projects. I would greatly appreciate it! Most of the wood is already sanded, I do have a biscuit joiner but no planer. Happy Holidays!

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#1 posted 12-23-2013 09:44 PM

You could probably find an intarsia project to do, or a ton of pens on the lathe, or save them as accent pieces for bigger projects, or resaw into thinner and make some nice small boxes. Seems like a bit of a waste to just make something to use the wood up, rather than waiting for a project to come along that fits the wood.

And then there is this magical 4-dimensional piece: 1 piece of Bubinga that is 11 1/2” by 7” by 1”by 3/4”


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#2 posted 12-23-2013 09:51 PM

I updated the post lol. Thanks. I do not have a lathe or scroll saw. I was thinking of something other than cutting boards.

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#3 posted 12-23-2013 10:10 PM

Why don’t you make jewelry boxes? They are fairly easy and quick to make.

Zebra wood sides and a Wenge top is a great combination. If you are interested in trading some of your Zebra wood for Wenge, then let me know.

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#4 posted 12-23-2013 11:14 PM

start a small production of hand tools (try squares, bevel & marking gauges, tracing knives etc.), they look too good made with those exotic woods.

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#5 posted 12-24-2013 12:30 AM

see the “under my thumb” project by shopdog. I made a bunch of them with cutoffs.

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#6 posted 12-24-2013 02:17 AM

Ive been earmarking small projects for my brother to do. Here is my current list:

Maple/Walnut candle holder—
Bandsaw box
Magic wine bottle holder—
Coat rack with cubbies—
Beer holder—
Arts and Crafts bookshelf—
Cribbage Board
Magnetic Bottle opener—
Pizza Peel
Corn hole boards
Tavern mirror—
Time bomb clock—
Iphone dock—
Flag case—
Marshmellow shooter—
Cutting board for over sink—
Wine glass holder—
Paper towel holder—
Business card holders—
End Grain cheese tray—
Cheese and cracker tray with dip bowl—
Tool Tote—

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#7 posted 12-24-2013 02:40 AM

These guys are 11 inches long x 6 1/2 inches wide…your 1/2 inch thick wood would look right at home sitting on the kitchen counter with an ipad mini sitting on it.

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#8 posted 12-24-2013 02:46 AM

thank you for all the ideas, ill post pictures when i finish them

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