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I decided to attempt my very first wood board cut build. It was a huge challenge with only hand tools. (all I have is a hand coping saw), a half round rasp, drill, and sand paper)...my hands are full of blisters.

I cut the frame from a plank of rock maple, shaped it, and then roasted it in my kitchen oven (this hardens the wood and caramelizes the sap resulting in a maple syrup color - no stain needed). I sanded it to 600g and applied the first light coat of boiled linseed oil. It should look much better after another 5 or 6 light coats and a good buffing with a nylon stocking.

I strength tested the forks by standing the frame on it's side and standing on it with all my weight....

I have two more frames roasted and ready to shape...after my blisters heal...lol...I should have shaped them before baking as I did with this one... They are rock hard now...more work with the rasp :(

Included are before and after pics...along with pics of a piece of maple that I posted as a test...I'm gonna attempt to cut some more frames out of it...

PS: I have a lot more respect for all the builders out there...hardest part is maintaing symmetry...
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Nicely done Bud! Hand tools only too! Excellent! Love the Birdseye in the frame. Great work!
Thanks Sir...yeah...the board I bought has hints of it all over the place...and some of it I uncovered during the sanding process...like little gems

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Superb result! Good work! That wood is really nice...
Thanks...it's just a cheap board I bought at Home Depot...I think I lucked out and got a good one.....the roasting process has a lot to do with it though....if I made one that wasn't roasted, you'd definitely see what I mean

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Man that's pretty. I'm curious, how did you roast it? (temp, time, etc?) I've never heard of that before, but the finish is gorgeous.
 
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Man that's pretty. I'm curious, how did you roast it? (temp, time, etc?) I've never heard of that before, but the finish is gorgeous.
350°f for 2.5hrs....but different durations gives varying degrees of results....I actually did this with my maple Natty's I built a couple years ago

Here's a few examples...1.5hrs, 2hrs, 4hrs, 6hrs....all of these forks were cut from same maple tree...and only finish applied was BLO...6 light coats...

I wouldn't advise going longer than 6hrs as it will start going in the other direction...instead of hardening the wood, it will weaken it....over cooking results in burning....the darkest one was questionable, but it passed the strength test...I was surprised though
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Yeah I seem to remember a guy way up in Canada cooking this baby up for me.
There's not a smoother finish out there. Thanks buddy!!
You are more than welcome, Joe...and thanks for the compliment.....but I'm pretty sure I have a bit further to go to match your finishing skills...lol
This awesome backflip you gifted to me feels like it's made of glass.....it inspires me to always step up my game...I literally compare my work to it...it even prompted me to refinish some of my Natty's...
So, thank you for the awesome shooter and the inspiration...
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Ok, now I'm gonna have to try that technique! That looks fantastic!
Thanks Bro....can't wait to see what you build...

I think i could get the same kinda look with stain...but I enjoy getting the color out naturally...plus, I needed to harden the wood because it's a board cut and I have no core...win/win

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Ok, now I'm gonna have to try that technique! That looks fantastic!
I hope I'm starting a trend...lol...I always wanted to be a trendsetter lol

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