Last January, we had a storm during which the top third of my Evergreen
Magnolia tree landed, in various pieces, on the ground. I saved some of
the larger branches (sans leaves) for some sort of craft project.
Recently, after a 20-year break, I got my table saw operating again. Out
of curiosity, I cut back a piece of one of the branches and got quite
excited at making a "stick." The wood is quite attractive and obviously a
This house was built mid-forties and has the old-time bread board/cutting
board built into the kitchen cabinet. It is not meant for cutting,
appears to be made of fir. I would like to make a replacement board out
of some of the magnolia pieces. While I don't have a bandsaw or a planer,
there are friends who do and could prep the wood for me. Before I make an
assumption here (assumptions are always dangerous!), and build the board
for lengthwise grain, it seemed smart to verify it with those who know
about such things.
Comments, please, on the potential project.
Also, I recently purchased a dovetail jig and will soon be embarking on
making drawers/boxes with dovetails. There is no question in my mind that
there'll be a dovetail building frenzy follow! Fortunately, I have two
granddaughters who, though only little ones (just 4 yesterday and 6 in
January) will enjoy treasure boxes.
Another question: Home Depot currently has a scroll saw on sale for $87.
Would it be of any worth to buy it or should I wait a bit longer and get a
better quality model? At this time, it wouldn't be used for anything
serious, but more playing around as my serious stuff will be with the