Split Roubo #2: 2

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Blog entry by vipond33 posted 07-25-2013 02:16 AM 2158 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Two. A toddler, a babe in the woods.

By choice I had a much lighter year this time out, ups and downs notwithstanding, I even think I posted more reviews than builds. One consumed half a year though plus a long second. And also to my everlasting horror, my post count has fallen below 2 a day!
Calm down, all who feel the same way.

Now prior to writing this, I looked up many that I call buddy, and many that call me so. My findings? Ever so many are MIA.
But I’ll keep them; for who knows, they may return, even as I’ll leave for good some day.

But for those of you that are still alive – you have my admiration for your varied posts and interests (many of which I cannot match), your constant participation and your real enthusiasm in this wondrous craft.
And if you said something nice, well – thanks.

However before I leave, I do regret to say,
IMVHO that is,
“There have been entirely too many projects being made using mostly or only pallet wood in the last year”.

Far too many.

Leave them to die in peace in a bonfire please.

So therefore, in light of this scientific observation and finding, and in order to restore some balance and harmony to the known universe, I have made something quite different to commemorate this, my anniversary.

An ebony pallet.


Joey Knuckles, my endangered species lumber supplier, says that the boards that he got (cough) fell offa truck. Beautiful, heavy and rich streaked with only a few traces of blood, they were perfect for my build; I took all 12 of them.


Why build it you say? Well it’s been perfectly sized to hold my bundled and treasured collection of rare ivory tusks – all safely off the floor now – so much like, the tongue in our cheek…



-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#1 posted 07-25-2013 02:29 AM

LOL :-) Feeling a bit burned out? It’s been a lousy year for so many… That could be the reason for pallet wood. I still don’t stray far from the holy three – pine, plywood and mdf :P

- We must all learn to slow to the pace our body dictates, the world foolishly drives us at a speed that does not allow us to either enjoy or produce works of art. – My worldly quote of the day ;-)

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#2 posted 07-25-2013 02:43 AM

Don’t use pallet wood!!!
What would I use?
And I just got some pieces of oak pallet that are 4×4 by 12 feet.
Can’t wait to leave them outside of a couple of years before I play with them.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#3 posted 07-25-2013 02:51 AM


You are a master of your craft. A master works in a different space and time. You make art and craft with your vision and deft hands. I am an inspired woodbutcher! Keep it up. I’m stumbling behind!

Nice Pallet!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 07-25-2013 03:44 AM

Happy second my friend.

I always enjoy your wit and wisdom (and I have stolen several of your project designs!)

Guys like you make this a great place for me to spend my evenings.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 07-25-2013 04:00 AM

A wallet, a mallet
A black and red pallet…
hot wood,
cool project

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#6 posted 07-25-2013 04:36 AM

Great pallet Gene.
I particularly like the way you made all the top pieces parallel and oh yes, your joinery is exquisite.
I’ve never run into that black pallet wood before but it looks really nice.
Do you have enough left over for a cutting board and a table saw sled?

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 07-25-2013 04:59 AM

Paul; The joints were half blind, half naked dovetails, all feeling guilty that they were concealed by a master joiner working at the top of his concealing craft.
Quite invisible and also quite useless too.

I’m surprised somehow, sleds and cutting boards do demand a better grade of wood.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#8 posted 07-25-2013 11:05 AM

Happy Anniversary Gene!
You naughty naughty little boy.

I am too lazy to take apart a pallet. But the half naked dovetails sound like fun.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 07-25-2013 04:28 PM

This gotta be most expensive pallet! Well made, exquisite joinery, great pun!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#10 posted 07-25-2013 04:29 PM

Oh, yeah, pun intended!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#11 posted 07-25-2013 10:59 PM

Gene, that is too funny. I have been eying the pallets behind Lowes…you snapped me out of it.

-- I never finish anyth

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#12 posted 07-26-2013 12:15 AM

Good one Gene, I agree 100% with your comments. I have always despised pallets, it is beyond my comprehension how anybody can get excited about pallet wood, though I should point out I have only ever had experience of ‘Euro Pallets’ – each measuring 800×1200mm, with a whole clip of nails in them, and painted blue.

Happy 2nd Jockday.

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