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Nature's Hidden Art by irational-xpressions
Nature's Hidden Art
When ripping lumber on the table saw, once in awhile I find strange and beautiful artwork created by nature. This is Colo-Bola from Central America; 1/8" x 4" x 6", sanded with two coats of clear enamel.
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Modern Stash Box by irational-xpressions
Modern Stash Box
3-1/2" x 6" x 8"  Made out of  Oak, Mahogany, Poplar, Eucalyptus, Fir, and Colo-Bola with brass hinges and hasp, this box will add color to any room.
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Rustic Stash Box by irational-xpressions
Rustic Stash Box
After evicting the termites from some Eucalyptus branches, I ripped the branches up on a table saw saving as much of the termite textured exterior as possible. I cut 45 degree angles to make three rectangles 6"x 8" i.d. I like to glue things like this together on a cutting board which has squares all laid out on it. That way I know things are going together square. I put clear plastic wrap over the board to prevent my work from being glued to the board. I have glued things together for fifty years. Oh damn, FIFTY years... okay, I'm old. :) I use Aleene's "Turbo Tacky Glue". I hold the pieces together for about 20 seconds. In a couple of minutes the pieces don't want to come apart. I glued two frames together with 1/8" pine for the bottom. I filled the top in with the scraps. Brass hinges and hook, red and black felt inside, and three coats of clear enamel to finish.
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Working Late by irational-xpressions
Working Late
This scene with a truck parked in front of a workshop is the top of a ten drawer chest which I will be using to keep track of small tools.
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Ten drawer Chest by irational-xpressions
Ten drawer Chest
I ripped up some old construction grade lumber that has been been out in the weather for over ten years. An inexpensive portable table saw can turn any old lumber and small branches into great hobby supplies. All glued together with birch toothpicks as dowel to help hold joints together, this chest is durable and lightweight. I. d. of drawers is 1"x 4-3/4"x 9-1/2".
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Ray Blackburn
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
As a boy growing up with a twin brother and a brother two years older, our Mother kept us stocked up with a variety of art and craft supplies. I have always enjoyed drawing and painting, as well as creating whatever comes to mind using any materials available. I look forward to sharing some of my creations with others who appreciate the time and effort involved.
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