Wednesday Woodworking – Milling and Roses

In the workshop this weekend I put my two new tools – the jointer and planner – to work on milling some maple lumber I am reclaiming for a set of cafe doors I am building.  The wood came off an old butcher block table Heather had.  The table was in our kitchen for many years and when we remodeled a few years ago, the butcher block top was removed and placed on top of a set of cabinets to make a new work area.  I kept the legs and wood from a shelf to reuse in other projects.

Here’s a picture of the wood.  The dark piece is the before shot with the old finish and the light board is after running through the planner.

Before and after close up of the wood.

Here’s the whole stack of wood:

I got 8 1 x 2 boards altogether.

On Sunday Heather and I went to the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden for a walk and celebration of Mother’s Day.  Well, Heather, me and a few hundred others:

The Rose Garden – lots and lots of roses.

Close up of some of my favorites.

This weekend I’ll be back to marquetry – I think I’ll cut out a rose for my box.

If you need me – I’ll be in the shop.



About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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23 Responses to Wednesday Woodworking – Milling and Roses

  1. CJ Hartwell says:

    Tell the truth, what smelled better: the roses or the wood? 😉

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  3. Looks like a fun place to visit.

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  4. The roses are glorious! And your maple project sounds interesting. I’m curious about the boards – were they dowelled together in the butcher block?

    We have an antique butcher block left over from our family farm years ago (Mom and Dad used it when they butchered pigs). The table top is about 15″ thick and weighs a couple hundred pounds. I’m not sure whether it’s maple or hickory, but I’ve been meaning to refurbish it for years. The problem is it needs about half an inch taken off the top to get rid of the cleaver marks, and I’m just not that patient with a hand planer. Maybe someday… 😉


  5. Debra says:

    I love walking through rose gardens and your Mother’s Day visit must have been a treat to the senses! Good thought to add a rose to your new box. I’ll enjoy seeing your finished project!

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  6. Cafe doors eh…I aways wondered what happened to all those butcher block tables that were so popular in the 80s & 90s!

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  7. Baydreamer says:

    Cafe doors sound lovely, and the rose garden is stunning!

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  8. I like the idea of Maple doors and look forward to seeing how they turn out.

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  9. The weather has been perfect down here for working in a shop. Have fun!

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  10. Carrie Rubin says:

    Good luck with the cafe doors. Sounds like a great project. (I admit I had to google what cafe doors were. 😁)

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