Sorry I didn't post an update sooner. I had some back issues that kept me out of the shop. I also received a request from the sister of the woman who gave me the Mahogany. Two short stories:
My wife convinced me to keep it simple so for the first woman I made a bread board. I didn't want to do a cutting board due to the open grain but I figured a bread board would be ok. I looked up on line how long a French bread is and the it came back in the 18 - 20 inch range. The final board came out to a little under 21 inches. I asked my wide to buy a French bread so we could wrap it up on the board. Besides making a nice presentation, it shows what the board is to be used for. So, the bread my wife came home with was 22 1/2 inches. The best laid plans... We gave it to her. She loved it and it's hanging in her kitchen but she won't use it. I told her that it's meant to be used but she refuses. Well, it's her board now to do with as she pleases. (Sorry about the poor picture. Lighting was bad that day and I'm not the greatest photographer.)
A month ago, her sister, who is currently living with her mother who actually was the one who wanted to get rid of the lumber, asked me if I'd make a trivet for her. She said she likes hearts. I played around with the trivet idea but I didn't want to give her anything solid that she might put something hot on. When I looked at different ways of cutting out hearts I really didn't like any of them and, once again, my wife, the voice of reason when my head hits the worktable, said make it simple. So, I decided to make a serving board, cheese and crackers type. I've really developed a liking for birdseye maple, and it's a nice contrast with the mahogany, so that's what I made. She loved it and refuses to use it. It's propped up in her kitchen so she can look at it. Must be a genetic thing.
I recently finished a table top that I asked about in a prior thread a long time ago. I'll post some pictures to a new thread soon.
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