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    I always have good intentions but never start early enough. However this year I got a little start on a small project. She needs a serving tray on the boat and hinted at some in stores. But easy enough to make says I, and homemade has the added advantage of custom fitting to a place on top of the boat refrigerator and fit snugly between the fiddles. I had a rough block of black walnut, about 4 x 6 x 24 and I needed practice resawing on the bandsaw and planing with my thickness planer. So far I have the finished slabs and the ends roughed out.

    This one is NOT mine, found it on the internet but it is expensive and a little too big for the space between the fiddles on the boat. I only hope mine will look this good. If it is even close, I'll post pics. If not, you won't see it.

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    A base for the salt and pepper grinders on the table. Primarily intended for catching residual salt and pepper dust to help keep the table surface clean.

    Probably a few new cutting boards in the offing, too.
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    I'm hoping for a bathroom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katherine View Post
    I'm hoping for a bathroom.
    You're building it as a surprise for Paul?

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    HONEY, LOTS of HONEY, my female slaves worked all summer producing it but, I had to strain it and bottle it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katherine View Post
    I'm hoping for a bathroom.
    Hope springs eternal.....
    There's a lot of things they didn't tell me when I signed on with this outfit....

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    Tenor uke for my oldest boy.

    Uke with go bars 2.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    I always have good intentions but never start early enough. However this year I got a little start on a small project. She needs a serving tray on the boat and hinted at some in stores. But easy enough to make says I, and homemade has the added advantage of custom fitting to a place on top of the boat refrigerator and fit snugly between the fiddles. I had a rough block of black walnut, about 4 x 6 x 24 and I needed practice resawing on the bandsaw and planing with my thickness planer. So far I have the finished slabs and the ends roughed out.

    This one is NOT mine, found it on the internet but it is expensive and a little too big for the space between the fiddles on the boat. I only hope mine will look this good. If it is even close, I'll post pics. If not, you won't see it.
    That's beautiful. Wonder if the bottom is a veneered substrate. Were it solid, there'd be lots of movement to account for. either way, good luck and post a finished pic.

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    like building an oselvar

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    Tenor uke for my oldest boy.

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    I saw a guitar made from tulipwood (Guitar Salon - google it). It makes me want to make something from this wood, but I'm not sure what. It has to have some size to it to take advantage of the grain pattern.

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    A smartphone passive amplifier for my daughter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    A smartphone passive amplifier for my daughter.

    Earbuds?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CWSmith View Post
    I saw a guitar made from tulipwood (Guitar Salon - google it). It makes me want to make something from this wood, but I'm not sure what. It has to have some size to it to take advantage of the grain pattern.
    may i humbly suggest you build a recreation of the 1924 hispano suiza tulipwood roadster. . .

    (i know where there is a period correct hispano v8 for sale for your project)









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    A smartphone passive amplifier for my daughter. - mmd

    Earbuds? - George Jung

    Nope. White pine with oak trim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    may i humbly suggest you build a recreation of the 1924 hispano suiza tulipwood roadster. . .

    (i know where there is a period correct hispano v8 for sale for your project)

    I fear you overestimate me on many levels, but I do like that car!

    More than a decade ago I did see a pickup truck in my town with the body made of wood (mostly ply, but well done). Even that is beyond me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    A smartphone passive amplifier for my daughter. - mmd

    Earbuds? - George Jung

    Nope. White pine with oak trim.
    Those are cool and amazingly effective. What design are you using?

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    There is one illustrated in Woodsmith magazine that I am modifying slightly. The innards will be the same, but I am using a different lamination sequence and wood for a different exterior 'look'. Illustration in the top right corner of pp3 in this on-line browser:

    https://www.woodsmithlibrary.com/view/issue/232/
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    Quote Originally Posted by CWSmith View Post
    I saw a guitar made from tulipwood (Guitar Salon - google it). It makes me want to make something from this wood, but I'm not sure what. It has to have some size to it to take advantage of the grain pattern.
    This one, by Christoph Sembdner? Very pretty guitar!

    I wish builders would use Latin binomials along with common or commercial names. In this case,"tulipwood" probably means Brazilian Tulipwood, a commercial name used for a couple of different pinkish species of Dalbergia (the same genus as the traditional wood for classicals, Brazilian rosewood, D. nigra ). Not cheap: https://www.gilmerwood.com/products/...back-sides-set

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Taylor View Post
    Not cheap
    the money mr smith spends on lumber will be a paltry sum compared the cost of the hispano v8. . .

    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    the money mr smith spends on lumber will be a paltry sum compared the cost of the hispano v8. . .


    I just looked more closely at that roadster. It's strip-built with copper nails and rivets! Classy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Taylor View Post
    This one, by Christoph Sembdner? Very pretty guitar!

    I wish builders would use Latin binomials along with common or commercial names. In this case,"tulipwood" probably means Brazilian Tulipwood, a commercial name used for a couple of different pinkish species of Dalbergia (the same genus as the traditional wood for classicals, Brazilian rosewood, D. nigra ). Not cheap: https://www.gilmerwood.com/products/...back-sides-set
    Yes, that's it!

    This thread motivated me to search finishing techniques for tulipwood. I'm reading that just a few coats of cut shellac is recommended.

    By the way, in the tropical fish hobby many stores sell fish by common names, but in the clubs we use the scientific name. The former is very unreliable and the latter unambiguous. However, there are two of us and a great many wood shops, so...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Taylor View Post


    I just looked more closely at that roadster. It's strip-built with copper nails and rivets! Classy.
    it is a boat-tail after all
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    the money mr smith spends on lumber will be a paltry sum compared the cost of the hispano v8. . .
    mr smith is NOT buying any precut $400 guitar slabs. It's very disheartening to build something that, when finished, is not worth what you spent on it and no guitar I ever build will ever be worth $400!

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    Picture frame of hand logged cherry
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    I'm making (please note the subtle shift in terminology) my standard Christmas fare: hand-dipped peppermint creams and peppermint truffles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by webishop14 View Post
    I'm making (please note the subtle shift in terminology) my standard Christmas fare: hand-dipped peppermint creams and peppermint truffles.
    Oh, mercy. Peppermint creams?!

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    I am making a bow and some arrows for a friend.

    I am making (finally) a shadow box for an uncle, from hand harvested and prepped (chopped down, bucked, split, riven, and planed by hand) beetle killed pine full of blue wood and little bore holes. It looks like stars.

    Wife and I bake pounds of cakes, breads and cookies for neighbors and family.

    I hope to make 5 temporary shelters to hand out to randoms by Christmas, too. I have enough loot, I think.

    Other stuff, too, Im sure.

    Peace,
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    Boy, Id sure like to get myself my boat made for Christmas, finally.

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    Gonna make sausage and maybe some bacon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webishop14 View Post
    I'm making (please note the subtle shift in terminology) my standard Christmas fare: hand-dipped peppermint creams and peppermint truffles.
    Can I put in an order?
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    I'm making a hole in my wallet, does that count?
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    A plant press for my granddaughter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frost View Post
    That's beautiful. Wonder if the bottom is a veneered substrate. Were it solid, there'd be lots of movement to account for. either way, good luck and post a finished pic.
    Floating panel in a dado...
    (It is pretty much the only way)

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    Michael, the other end of the spectrum. Not exactly a tribute to style is it.

    The best statement I've seen from this latest carnage came from a student who lived through it -

    "My generation will not allow this to continue!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Davis View Post
    A plant press for my granddaughter
    That is nice! Great job, Gary!

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    I just finished this three-stringed cigar box slide guitar for my wife's uncle. It's the second one I've built. He plays guitar and loves Blues music. Even if he never plays it, it'll look cool on the wall of his home studio.

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