What do we do with this WOOD?! #6: Photos of the Rounds & an S curve walnut flitch

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Blog entry by Eric M. Saperstein posted 01-12-2012 05:50 PM 1489 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Just bought a stack of rounds Part 6 of What do we do with this WOOD?! series Part 7: MANZANITA BURL ... ok really what do I do with this wood? »

These are the rounds (now in the kiln) that will be used for gaming tables mentioned in the last entry … 9 of them should give us some good options.

I’m thinking a nice simple S curve walnut flitch bench out of this one. Pondering legs, maybe osage since we now have that or mulberry with some interesting looking rough cross beams. Maybe 8 legs kinda cater-type-piller look out of the flitches along the curve of the piece.

Ideas keep coming along – TIME and money …. ugh … short on both lately! This is BOUGHT wood not scavenged, but we’re working on many leads for more scavenging!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 01-12-2012 07:16 PM

I like the caterpillar idea. Maybe you could make the legs out of knurled/bendy branches to look more like the articulated joints of real legs.

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#2 posted 01-12-2012 07:55 PM

Neat idea yes – gotta keep the profit in mind though. Time spent to go search them out, dry them, etc … though I could send my father on a search!

Was debating turned legs for that look – but going with what we have available … maybe the mulburry flitches or the osage log caps … cross beams zigzagging between them … we could fork each flitch w/ a “V” cut to reduce the ground touch points surface area.

I’ll have if we use the found materials it still has value say $500 in material in this project. Plus time – gotta bring it in line for $1,500/$2,000 or it gets out of what seems to be the current impulse market.

My goal with a lot of this is cover my costs / time involved in a show pending in June with projects that may actually sell that weekend.

We shall see!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#3 posted 01-12-2012 09:31 PM

i have some nice walnut slabs, i had this idea of making a large tri cutting board in the center and then one on each side lower then it, and make the piece so its curved and on wheels…like a large outdoor cutting board table, i know yours are larger then the slabs i have, so might be to big for my idea..but i think they would look good for a large coffee table..same idea, have them at different elevations..

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#4 posted 01-12-2012 09:37 PM

so since you mentioned it, are things slow your way as far as folks wanting custom pieces…i always wonder, as im finding it real sad that people dont seem to be buying like that, much these days, at least from what i see, it seems they will walk into a store and just get something, and the craftsman dont get the consideration that they use to…what are your thoughts on this eric…i know its wandering from the subject…but hey…grizz

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