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Project updates and snippets.

Latest Mancala Board



My latest mancala board project is finally done. This one is way over due. Walnut and maple. complete with a velvet lines box and magnets to hold the board in the box.
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Walnut Essential Oil Box

My latest essential oil box left the shop yesterday.  It was a really fun project and the new owner has it packed full already and left with big smile.  This box is primarily made of walnut wood.  I started with a large walnut slab that had very white colored sap wood and nice dark heart wood to give some good color contrast to finished box.  The top of the box is book-matched for a mirror image appearance, and of course has three daisy inlays.  The petals are maple and the centers are lacewood.  For the drawer front I decided to turn two live edge boards towards each other to create some visual interest on the front of the box, and to bring some natural curve and shape.  Inside the box the lifting upper rack holds 32 bottles, and the lower, removable rack hold 40 bottles.  The drawer has 5 removable dividers to allow for customizable sized  bins.  Visit this link ( Essential Oil Boxes ) if you’d like to see some of the other styles of oil boxes I’ve made

DoTerra Oil Box

My website and social media pages have been pretty quiet lately. Mostly because what I was working on was a gift and I couldn’t post photos as I was going. But now I can reveal my most recent project. I was asked to make a custom box to hold DoTerra essential oils. Here is what I came up with. This is a cherry wood box with bubinga wood accents. There is the link to the page about the box. – DoTerra Oil Box

The boards are on Etsy

All the Mancala boards are up on my Etsy Shop now. Visit my store –


Photo shoot…now be a tiger…wood

Photographing all the boards today, but probably won’t have time to go through all the photos and upload them to Etsy until later this week.



Seamstress for a day.

Tough guy woodworker spent the day sewing drawstring bags for the mancala boards. I could find any that would fit, so I made my own. Nine boards are complete. Just need to shoot photos of each one.


Adding logos

Putting logos on the backs of the mancala boards. Starting to put finish on them. Hopefully I’ll be done with these soon.


Holy cups Batman!

Thats 140 cups cut with the router.  Still need to round over the edges and do a whole lot of sanding.  Getting closer to gettin them all done.  You can see the difference in the color that time had on the padauk wood.   The one in the upper right has been sitting for about a week the other was freshly planed the other day.


That’s a whole lot of cups

Despite my 4am toddler alarm clock I forwent a nap this afternoon for some shop time. Got the cups and stores routed out of two more boards.  Sanding all these is going to be a real pain. Especially after I get the other 5 more made. Good thing I love sanding…wait did I say love?


36 cups done, 84 to go.

Making some head way, slowly. Three boards ready for sanding, 7 more to go.


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