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While I was making this Rustic Candle Holder Centrepiece I stumbled across this Birch log. This project was super quick and simple. I started off by finding a log that was about 6 inches in diameter, something that I could easily and safely cut on my Miter saw. Once I had marked approximately where I wanted to make my cuts it was time to chop the ends off of the log making it nice…

I originally thought of turning these on the lathe but quickly gave up on that plan, as I lack the skills to do so. But I am a huge fan of modern art and minimalist objects. And started to do some research and eventually came across a set created by Lanier Graham in 1966 and fell in love with its simplicity and really enjoyed how all of the pieces fit in a tiny little box.

This has to be one of my favorite things to look at. I love how Walnut has so much character.

This puzzle is actually very simple to make.

Starting off I took some stock that had a number of ugly checks and cracks down the length. After processing the wood I marked my first piece to get an estimate for now long each piece would be.

Block of Oak with holes drilled to hold glass test tubes.

I came across a hand full of test tubes ( new ) and thought that they would make an interesting vase. I took a very cupped piece of white oak and worked it flat and reasonably square.

I drilled 3 1″ holes into the block, gave it a quick sad up to 320 grit. I applied mineral oil and a Beeswax and mineral oil salad bowl finish.

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