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  • Havin' a cookie!

    I'm so proud of my son Aaron, who has started a new woodworking business on the side, and in the last two years, has flourished.

    His specialty is live edge pieces, and he's also very accomplished on a lathe. And his stuff sells! That's what I so admire about him- he has the skills, and he kicks this stuff out in good time. contrast that with me- I built a library table for our home... and it took me two calendar years!



    Anyway, recently, he bought a 3" thick cypress "cookie" out of the base of a trunk from a local source, all dried and ready. He fashioned a table out of it, with purchased hairpin legs. It sold immediately, so he bought two more. Now a local coffee shop saw it on his FB site and wants one.

    As he had just changed jobs and it working overtime, I offered to finish the top as I had done on a walnut live edge top last year.

    He brought it over last night. Cypress is surprisingly light. I've never done anything with it. As with all cookie sections and live edge planks they split during the drying process, and step 1 is to lock up the splits with butterflies, an ancient trick. Now, live-edge stuff ain't my thing, but the butterflied joints can be quite decorative. I'm going to use a dark walnut for the butterflies.

    Here's son Aaron, displaying his original score...

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    Here's a tabletop I helped him on last year. The fun of this is- it's mostly hand-work. It's "pull up a stool, put on some music, put your brain on hold, and go at it."

    This slab was walnut, and the inserts were ovankol.

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    Here's the cookie. That's a 36" steel rule in the pic. It's 3" thick and pretty flat.

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    I'll put 7 butterflies in it, all with proportionate sizes. He gave me a nice piece of walnut to make them out of; the color contrast will look nice.

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    Fun stuff!

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    • #3
      When will this one be completed?
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      • #4
        Great stuff Dave!
        Mark

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        • #5
          Originally posted by TheBoss View Post
          When will this one be completed?
          Delivery date is June. I'm only to prep the tabletop, and I think it'll take a couple weeks.
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          • #6
            That's a nice looking chunk a wood.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by MrMarty51 View Post
              That's a nice looking chunk a wood.
              It's surprisingly light, and works nicely. The router bit I'm using to freehand the butterfly cavities is 1/8" carbide, and this cypress turns to dust. It chisels nicely, too.

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              One down... 6 to go!
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              • #8
                Looking good!
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                • #9
                  Great job, Dave. I saw his post on Facebook about you doing the work on the next cookie table.
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                    Tabletop is 42" X 34"

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                    • #11
                      Cookies and bow tie noodles.......
                      Mark

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                      • #12
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                        • #13
                          Looking good!
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                          • #14
                            Great looking one! When it will be finished? Soon I'm going to buy an apartment in Budva, Montenegro and I might be interested buying one of his works. I'm sure it will look good on the balcony with the mountain view :)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ThePronato View Post
                              Great looking one! When it will be finished? Soon I'm going to buy an apartment in Budva, Montenegro and I might be interested buying one of his works. I'm sure it will look good on the balcony with the mountain view :)
                              That's a good call right there TP and, welcome to the pastures of the HERD.
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