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Heritage Bookcase from Estate Wood #1: The raw material: not much to go with

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Blog entry by Lee Barker posted 02-05-2011 12:22 AM 1000 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Heritage Bookcase from Estate Wood series Part 2: Shelves and Adding Interest »

One of my sons was talking to a friend who shared that his dad had died and left some hardwood in his shop in Central Oregon. Joel’s friend wondered if I’d be interested in the wood. We talked a little about that, but nothing came of it.

At Christmas time, with sons around, the subject came up again and we ended up with a truckload of wood and an agreement to build a bookcase in return for the wood that was left. It’s a three way win—Joel brokers this nifty connection, his friend David gets a piece of needed furniture that will be some history from his father, and I get some well dried hardwood in return for my labor.

The stuff is rough. bow and hook to be sure, but significant twist, everywhere. Mostly walnut, some ash and some cherry. Some of the footage was 4/4, the other was 10/4 walnut, both claro and black. One piece of 5/4 too, walnetto.

The 4/4 got the nod for the case. Guessing—I’m not a grader by any means—I’d put it at #4 common. There were stretches maybe 28” long between major knots, but nothing good enough or flat enough to make bookcase sides. So it was strip it and glue it. The pictures will fill in this part of the story:

What you see here are the sides taking shape. I glued the three pieces of three, then split one and glued the halves to the other two. I netted about 10.5 inches. They were a strong 3/4 thick by the time I got them through the planer and the wide belt sander.

Next phase of the project was similar—piece together some shelves. I had some AHA! moments on that journey, which I’ll post downstream a bit.

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"



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Broglea

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#1 posted 02-05-2011 04:40 AM

Lee – Looking forward to the finished project. I’ve always passed on #2 common, so this blog may show me otherwise.

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Lee Barker

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#2 posted 02-05-2011 07:12 AM

Perhaps it was the lack of a plan or design that allowed this to happen the way it did. I’m pleased you’re interested. It is an interesting and, I think, in my own growth, an important project.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#3 posted 02-05-2011 02:50 PM

Some good wood, in the right hands, Lee. I look forward to seeing this blog and the project unfurl.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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