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  • PuzzledMoose
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    Originally posted by minowevie2
    so cool. Evie
    .. and talking of cool .. here's a picture of a fridge ... darn it didn't post ...

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  • minowevie
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    sorry to get off topic. but Berry, you plaid piano . so cool. Evie

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  • PuzzledMoose
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    Originally posted by snkysnake
    great looking puzzles ! Can I ask where you got the pattern for the chow? The wife loves it, and would lovefor me to scroll one to match our real one.

    The Chow pattern came in a set of dog patterns that I got from Scrollerltd.

    http://www.scrollerltd.com/prodinfo.asp?number=6054 They have 2 different sets of dog patterns That set has a Rotweiler, Chow, Setter, Springer, Airedale, Chesapeake, Dachshund, Doberman and Weimaraner;

    The other set has Shihtzu, Beagle, Labrador, Huskey, Retriever, Collie, Dalmation, Boxer, St Bernard and Bulldog

    You can also by the puzzles separately from Woden Teddy Bear. Chow is HB117.

    The puzzles are nice to cut - and quick - less than an hour to do.

    There are 3 more attached that I cut yesterday. These are 3/4in African Mahogany - no finish on them yet.
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    Last edited by PuzzledMoose; 03-21-2007, 09:16 AM.

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  • snkysnake
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    PuzzledMoose

    great looking puzzles ! Can I ask where you got the pattern for the chow? The wife loves it, and would lovefor me to scroll one to match our real one.

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  • PuzzledMoose
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    [QUOTE=bearfretworks]Here it is Ian......
    http://www.scrollsawer.com/forum/woo...rials/9101.htm
    [QUOTE=bearfretworks]

    Thanks Barry. Interesting - it says they use maple as well as birch to produce it.
    I think the guy at the woodstore where I got mine says that the stuff here is produced in Quebec. I wondered - as Evie asked - whether the colour would be even right through but it seems to be OK.

    Originally posted by bearfretworks
    And I noticed grand was mentioned in this thread, here is a picture of a grand piano I used to play back when I was a young whippersnapper growing up in............

    sorry, couldn't resist.
    ROTFL - but where's the picture?

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  • bearfretworks
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    Here it is Ian......
    http://www.scrollsawer.com/forum/woo...rials/9101.htm

    And I noticed grand was mentioned in this thread, here is a picture of a grand piano I used to play back when I was a young whippersnapper growing up in............











    sorry, couldn't resist.

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  • minowevie
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    Bill , those are grand , for sure. Evie

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  • William Young (SE BC)
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    I noticed antler mentioned in this thread. Here are two antler pens I turned a couple days ago. One modified slimline and one Cigar pen.
    Cigar pen has a new home already.
    I agree it does have an unusual "stink" when sawing and drilling and turning.
    W.Y.

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  • minowevie
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    Ian. this is very interesting to me. I have never herd of this .
    From what I understand (and remember)from the guy at the woodstore it's birch which has been heated in the kiln for longer and at higher temperatures than would be normal for drying wood - does anyone know more about this process ..?

    It cuts nicely and is a similar colour to walnut. It does however smell HORRIBLE - unless you like the smell of charred wood! It also generates very black messy dust so that the planer and saw table need wiping down well after using it ..

    Birch Huh. wow. I never heard of this at all. boy ;now thats something new. you ;say. it is the same color? all the way through.? birch is so white in my aria. and now you say it cooked to a walnut brown. and you was abaul to plane it and get the same color all the way through. ??? wow. Ok so it stinks. I wonder. will it still stinck. after it is finished.? I don't know anything about this at all. but would love to learn as well. Birch is so much cheaper in my aria. than walnut . so this would be great. by the way . your cuttings are really nice , and I just love the color. thanks for sharing this. now i have to look into it. Evie

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  • PuzzledMoose
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    Originally posted by Minnesota scroller
    Verrry interesting. Never heard of such a thing. They do look a lot like walnut. So, wouldn't it be easier to just use walnut?

    BTW, neat little puzzles. How thick is the wood?
    Easier, Mike, maybe but not cheaper... AFAICR it's about $1 b/f less than real walnut. .. and that piece was cheaper - a free sample ...

    The puzzles are 3/4 inch, cut with a #7 FD SR blade.

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  • BobD
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    Sorry...I didn't mean to come across National Enquirish...

    I should have taken more time to reply.

    If carving, scrolling, cutting, etc. bone or antler, since they are more porous than some woods, they can attract a differnt kind of microbe (ones that feed on calcium) that can cause respiratory problems or infections. Use the same precautions you would use when cutting or sanding some of the more exotic hardwoods, or any wood you are sensitive to. (dust collection, dust mask, etc.)

    I was always under the impression that antlers are made of a slightly less dense material than standard bone...they grow much faster...but I stand totally corrected! I've read up on it, and see that what I wrote earlier was toally incorrect!

    To keep from perpetuating the myth...I'm going to delete my other post! I just wanted you all to know that I'm deleting it and standing totally corrected...I'm not just deleting the post so I don't look stupid <GRIN>

    Bob

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  • bearfretworks
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    Thanks for the review Ian. I posted a link on the carmelized birch a while back but can't find it either. I remember it was cheaper than walnut (something I thought you'd like MNScroller)


    Originally posted by BobD
    I hope you're wearing serious dust protection if cutting those things, Todd...
    Shed antlers last YEARS up here on the ground.....granted the mice/screws/voles/etc chew them good and they eventually break down to fertilizer. I would believe that shed antlers break down and are chewed up quicker in warmer locals. But there are no killer microbes in the antlers..... I've got antlers hanging on my wall that are over 50 years old and they haven't decayed to nothing......which is what they would have done if there were microbes in them......
    Last edited by bearfretworks; 03-20-2007, 12:41 PM.

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  • Neal Moore
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    Hey Bobcat...those shed antlers don't really decompose in the wild. They are, for all intents and purposes, bone. The rodents gnaw them up for the calcium content and to keep their teeth worn down. That's why sheds don't last long on the forrest floor. Squirrel teeth, for instance, grow constantly because their natural food sources tend to wear them down. I've made several knife handles from shed and harvested antlers and they do stink to high heaven when cut!!

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  • Rivari
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    I only tried it once and it is nasty! Not rotten hair nasty but nasty none the less.

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  • BobD
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    I hope you're wearing serious dust protection if cutting those things, Todd...there are all kinds of nasty microbes living in antler!

    My carving friend, Alfie Fishgap, has done some woodburning on an antler and he said it smelled like burning rotten hair...

    Bob
    Last edited by BobD; 03-20-2007, 12:27 PM.

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