Now What Do I Do With It?

I did a carving demo on the 4th of July.  I didn't do a whole lot of planning ahead of time but I knew I wanted to work on an "S" curve pattern so I printed a few pictures to work from. Then I grabbed a piece of red oak offcut, my bench, and tools and headed out the door.

It was a good day. I visited with a lot of people as I worked away carving out the pattern. I got a long way but I didn't quite finish the carving. I pulled up to the bench this morning and finished the carving. It's a fun pattern to pull off.

There's one problem. Usually I have a project in mind when I start a demo. A document box, a panel, something. This time I just carved a random oak board, and I'm a little lost about what to do with it now. It measures 38 1/2" long by 8" wide. It's too wide to be a good rail for a joined chest, and it's now panel shaped. It's too long to be a side for a document box.

What would you do with it?

Ratione et Passionis


  1. Gary, you might try ripping dead nuts down the center of the midline with a thin kerf table saw blade (praying all the while)and then edge glue a strip on each piece onto which you could repeat your thumbnail carving (if desired). Then, with some rebates, you'd have some picture frame material (unless your stock is too thin). Good luck.

  2. Put some finish on it and hang it on the wall. It's a nice piece in itself.

  3. I did a Follansbee carving in an oak board, then decided to make it into the sides of a candle box like so:

    My board wasn't as wide (5.5 inches), but it would still make a nice long box.

  4. Use it as a panel with style and rail support for the back of a two person bench.


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