What to do if you can’t find that choice piece of wood

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Blog entry by BenhamDesign posted 01-24-2015 12:07 AM 1176 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When designing furniture one of the things that makes a piece go from the mundane, to “WOW that’s a nice piece”, is choosing an awesome looking piece of wood to feature in the project. It could be anything from that great figure in the wood, to the spalting streaks, and even the cracks and imperfections that make it stand out.

Oftentimes when I go to the lumberyard with a design in mind, I am looking for one of those WOW pieces of wood to feature. However, most times I just can’t find exactly what I am looking for. The stack has either been picked through by others before I got there, sorted out before that particular shipment arrived at the dealer, or mother nature just didn’t provide what I wanted that day.

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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 01-24-2015 01:56 AM

Nice technique, Brian. If you don’t have the imperfection you’re looking for, make one. Kinda like distressing wood as part of the finishing. Your bowties look great on the bench top.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#2 posted 01-25-2015 09:53 PM

Sound like a good way to go. That bench is certainly a stunning example of what can be achieved.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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