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Wormy Chestnut Shaker Linen Press #1: Milling the stock

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Blog entry by Bertha posted 02-17-2012 02:37 PM 6197 reads 1 time favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was fortunate enough to buy a few hundered board feet of wormy chestnut from a fellow in the woods of West Virginia. I figure there’s 150 to 200bf usable. Metal detected and got (hopefully) all the metal out.
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I stickered it to 11% and began the laborious process of jointing (PM 6” w/ Global knives) and resawing it (3tpi Lenox hook on 20” Rockwell). While I’m waiting on a new bandsaw blade (made it about 100bf), I think I’ve got enough wood to start the bottom carcass. I’ll build two doors up top; three graduated drawers on bottom. Planning two dovetailed carcasses. The wood is surprisingly variable, so I have some decisions to make. I’ve resawed is assymmetrically into 7/8” and 3/4”, so I’ll probably pull out my door panels and door fronts out of this batch. Plane it by machine (DW735 w/ stock). We’ll see.
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It’s going to be a 6 month build or so, here’s hoping.
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Thanks for looking!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog



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#1 posted 02-17-2012 02:40 PM

Wormy! But lots of potential :) Keep us updated!

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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Bertha

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#2 posted 02-17-2012 02:43 PM

Yeah Soda, if you don’t like the wormy, it won’t be for you:) I’m ending up with a lot of waste for such an expensive wood. I’m determined to save everything I can, though. There are some pieces that are absolutely gorgeous; others, a little meh. Thanks for looking!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 02-17-2012 02:44 PM

Beautiful Al. Should make a wonderful cabinet.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#4 posted 02-17-2012 02:45 PM

Thanks Saddle. Good thing I live in a log home; I’m not sure I could pull off all those worms otherwise:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 02-17-2012 02:47 PM

LOL.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#6 posted 02-17-2012 02:51 PM

Al, good to see you’re getting through the wormy chestnut! I made a handle for my Hock burnisher with one of the scraps you sent me. Sweet wood, to be sure. Do you have plans of your linen press? I’d love to see what it will look like.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#7 posted 02-17-2012 02:53 PM

All I can say is “giggity”. I’ve been waiting for you to finally post something about this!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#8 posted 02-17-2012 03:02 PM

lol a definite giggity. that stuff looks pretty good!

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#9 posted 02-17-2012 03:07 PM

Milling is not my favorite exercise, guys. I put it off as long as I could but now with a dull bandsaw blade, I can no longer continue procrastinating the construction. I’m not really a “plan” guy and I’ve managed to draw a box in SketchUp before giving up. I’m shooting for something along these lines:
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But with different dimensions. The pieces will be of roughly the same dimension, the top cabinet perhaps a bit taller. Three graduated drawers on the bottom, flush. I might split the top drawer into two. Shaker raised panels up top proud on the interior. Simple cornice. Simple plinth. T&G/shiplapped back. I’ll see how my wood is going before I decide to use a secondary wood for the drawers. Between blades, stock, and time, I’m in quite a few dollars on this already. I’m wondering if I won’t regret NOT using chestnut for the drawer sides and bottoms. I’ll see how my stock’s panning out but I want to get the doors out of this batch. I’d hate to gamble about what’s left in my stickered pile. You know?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 02-17-2012 03:11 PM

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 02-17-2012 03:13 PM

Silly rabbit, Herbert doesn’t say giggity!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#12 posted 02-17-2012 03:13 PM

“Shaker raised panels up top proud on the interior.”

you mean the raised part on the inside, flat on the outside?

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Bertha

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#13 posted 02-17-2012 03:15 PM

^Yeah, Aaron; flipped from what you’d generally see; flat on the outside. It just looks a bit cleaner to me. I guess I’m really using the raised panel just to keep the doors heavy and solid.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#14 posted 02-17-2012 03:15 PM

That will be sweet!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#15 posted 02-17-2012 03:20 PM

wow al, that is some beautiful wood, a very nice score there, cant wait to see your project come along, take your time and enjoy the build…thats what its all about, the journey…and then the crowing moment when you put that finish on it and reveal the beautiful wood grain…make it pop…......grizz

P.S. hows steak doing these days, did he get feeling good again…chasing squirrels…maybe a few butterfly’s…lol…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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