A few weeks ago I bought two nice oak Boards eight feet x thirteen inches x one inch thick.
One of the boards stayed quite flat so I cut it into rounds for chopping or Bread boards the other one cupped quite badly.
A one inch board that is cupped a good quarter of an inch is not a lot of good for anything so rather that waste it I had to put my thinking cap on.
What I come up with is to create a garden Sculpture with parts that move in the wind .
This way the Oak will be put to good use and I am doing a WIP as I go to share the idea with you.
I will not be able to do this in one go as it will take a bit of time and I don't seem to have a lot of time at the moment.
Anyway this is the start and if you are interested keep an eye on my Blog.
As you can see this is a very nice Oak board it would be a shame to waste it
I cut the holes out about an inch bigger that the pattern but then had to cut the removed piece about half an inch smaller all round.I found a simple way was to move a builders pencil round as a distance piece this worked well.
Because I wanted these to be flat and to a reasonable Finnish because there is a lot of work to be done on them later they were run through the Drum sander These will be cut up and turned into spirals then mounted in the holes for the wind to make them spin.
I decided that the main body of the Sculpture is a bit plain and needs something to make it more interesting so I have marked rays from the centres of the three inserts
A bit more done today it is all coming up together
All of the scorching is now complete and the surface has had a good scrubbing with a course wire brush then a soft bronze bristle brush and finally a soft bristle brush as pic below .This has given the Oak a nice shine.
I have cut them all in half because it will be easier and safer for the next cutting exercise
Sixty two pieces on the three inserts and they all had to be drilled to thread a piece of thick stiff wire through.
I am very pleased with how they turned out a lot of work but I think it is worth it and I think if I made one again I would do it exactly the same way.