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I sharpened all of my planes and chisels last …

I sharpened all of my planes and chisels last week and decided to test them out on the maple and coffee resin charcuterie board before sending it through the big planer. Worked perfectly and smells great! I was planing super thin slices of resin embedded with coffee. The resin (I think) will remain clear and the coffee is suspended throughout.
This one would be great for a breakfast spread. Fresh scones or some sort of breakfast cakes. ☕️ 🍰
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Install day at @valentesnj ! Got the menu sign…

Install day at @valentesnj !
Got the menu signs up and the shelf I made a while back. Looking great, can’t wait for the grand opening. This place is going to be fantastic!
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Ok! 48 hours are up, so the coffee epoxy shoul…

Ok! 48 hours are up, so the coffee epoxy should be cured. Time to unwrap it and see what it looks like.
Looks… interesting! Hoping it cleans up after it goes through the planer again (thanks if you confirmed that was the right way to do it).
The epoxy was just a bit tacky (or maybe it’s from the tape) so I’ll give it a few days before working on it again. After planing, I’ll take an angle grinder to the edges and power carve/clean up a bit.
P.s. The @ecopoxy UV had no smell at all, so that was nice. The only thing I noticed as I was working was the coffee 😃 this is one good smelling board.
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Well, I’d wager that @blackforestwoodco ‘s fir…

Well, I’d wager that @blackforestwoodco ‘s first epoxy pour wasn’t perfect either 😬
This beautiful mess is @ecopoxy UV with some local coffee grounds from @revolution_coffee in Collingswood NJ. I figured coffee as color/filler would go better than a weird pigment color on a charcuterie board.
The wood is a piece of maple that I harvested last year but I didn’t get to seal the ends fast enough and it split right down the side while drying. I tried to maximize the “slab” yield (I use the term slab loosely with this 5” board) when I sliced it on the bandsaw, but this piece still had a significant crack to deal with. Epoxy to the rescue! This was my first pour and if nothing else, it was an education 😂
I’ll have to do some edge grinding and finishing, but what I’m hoping for is a nicely filled cavity that is visible along the side and with “windows” on the top surface that peer down into the void. We’ll see what it actually looks like later this week when I take the tape off.

Side question, is it better to belt sand the excess hardened epoxy or can it go through the planer?
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This spalted maple couldn’t have turned out be…

This spalted maple couldn’t have turned out better. Who wants a charcuterie board? 😃 There are probably 6 hiding in here. One board was rough cut a bit too thin and I had to plane it to 1/2” or so. Maybe I’ll do a fancy box out of that one.
Right here is where you can see why harvesting and milling your own lumber really pays off. I feel like I’ve got gold ingots on my workbench, just waiting to be turned into something incredible 😍
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While I’m wrapping up a few projects, this bat…

While I’m wrapping up a few projects, this batch of spalted maple that I cut last fall on the bandsaw is ready for the planer.
I let the logs dry a bit without sealing the ends, so they split. I’ll need to do some epoxy work, but I’ve got the right stuff to make that look good now.
Moisture content is right at 8% and since it’s like 98% humidity these days, I think that’s pretty good.
I just changed my planer knives, so hopefully this will be a smooth job.
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I spent a bit of time this afternoon sharpenin…

I spent a bit of time this afternoon sharpening pretty much everything. The @worksharptools makes quick work of pretty much everything. (#notsponsored but highly recommended) Plane irons, spoke shaves, chisels, and I even freehanded a draw knife.
Last week, I also added a cheap leather strop to my sharpening kit. That was definitely the missing link to laser edged tools. Off the work sharp, the tools are perfectly usable, but a few passes on the strop with some compound and they’re splitting hairs. I’m not certain of the science behind it, but I’m definitely a believer in that last honing step now. Supposedly, a few quick passes during a job can revive an edge too.
I still need more practice with the water stone, or maybe just a higher grit, maybe both. The original idea was to hand sharpen to a mirror polish off the work sharp, but I feel like I take it down a step instead 😕
Last picture is of some pine, red oak and walnut curls from “testing” the planes after reinstalling the blades.
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Here’s how the menu signs will look hung side …

Here’s how the menu signs will look hung side by side. This is an overhead design, approximately 30° angle, 48” total width leaving about of inch for “float” in between the signs.
I’m very happy with how these turned out. A few moments were head-scratchers, but they really came together in the end. Install day is next Tuesday!
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Now that the arm-r-seal finish is complete (gl…

Now that the arm-r-seal finish is complete (glass smooth with all the maple depth and figure popping!) I’m ready to add the chains for hanging the displays on an angle. These menu signs will Illustrate all the awesome Italian specialty foods available at @valentesnj (opening soon!)
I’ve also added the menu item slats so you can get a preview of the finished look. They block out the pine backing showing a crisp and clean maple-on-white.
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#tbt to yesterday when the last two of my wall…

#tbt to yesterday when the last two of my wall mounted Jersey Devil bottle openers went to new homes. I made this batch last spring. They were a fun but labor intensive project. Lots of steps and lots of finishing, but they all turned out great. I still have a few of the PA version left if anyone is interested!
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