Tapered Display Tower - beetle-kill pine #1: The first glue-ups

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Blog entry by NBeener posted 09-09-2010 07:34 PM 2186 reads 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m building this:

It’s spec’d as QS oak, but … I’ve been looking to test drive this beetle-kill pine stash that I bought:

It’s 1-1/4” thick, rough-sawn stock, so … I’m a one-man milling machine ;-) I’ve filled my 30gal chip separator garbage can AND my DC bag. Trying to find a kennel/stable that would like it !

Here’s the first four glue-ups. 1 & 2 are for shelving stock:

3 & 4 represent the side panels:

It’s beautiful wood. I love it’s character. On the other hand, it’s awfully naughty (no. NOT “knotty.” It’s actually naughty. It tells “two guys walked into a bar ….” jokes like there’s no tomorrow) ;-)

A fair amount—once planed down—didn’t make the cut. Either big holes, big splits, or … knots where I knew I’d have to slot biscuits for the shelves. So … the yield of the lumber I bought is relatively low.

When I get there, the drawer front (and … maybe the top) will be made from some salvage longleaf pine boards that I bought, in Boston:

A touch of the “pricey and elegant” to offset the “environmentally conscious, but cheap, and rather rough” beetle-kill ;-)

Stay tuned…..

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 09-09-2010 07:45 PM

Man that board has been naughty lol. The humor in your posts is great. That shelving looks cool too. So are the shelve supported by dados? Are they anged dadoes then I take it?

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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Thomas Keefe

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#2 posted 09-09-2010 08:56 PM

I was in Denver recently and saw some furniture made from beetle-kill pine. I really like the way it looks.
Thanks for sharing this.


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#3 posted 09-09-2010 08:59 PM

now that is some beautiful wood…sure is good t see some dust makin goin on there in Colorado…don’t forget there is a left and a right side…:))........oh and did ya hear the one about the two girls who walked in to the bar…....

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 09-09-2010 09:13 PM

You’re going to have a unique looking tower once it’s completed.

I spread my shavings on the walking paths around our cabin.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 09-09-2010 09:37 PM

That wood is going to look nice all finished. It has a nice character to it, despite the bawdy jokes ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 09-09-2010 09:47 PM

this should be a fun build .

great wood combo too .

glad you are back at it .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Clay Ortiz

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#7 posted 09-09-2010 10:20 PM

I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out. I’ve never seen pine like that used in furniture. Is it the result of pine beetles?

-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia

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#8 posted 09-10-2010 12:42 AM

Looking forward to seeing the progress. I have been struggling with the KLR project, but slowly disasembling, will be another story when it comes time to put it back together. FYI the engine was 1/2 full of water when I took it apart. A nice surprise. Good luck with your blend of woods.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#9 posted 09-10-2010 01:01 AM

Thats going to be a fun build, Neil.

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#10 posted 09-10-2010 01:52 AM

Thanks so much, All.

Clay: Ayup. That’s the Mountain Pine Beetle

Ugly suckers:

They’re also responsible for so much of the dead fall that’s currently fueling that raging wildfire, 45 minutes from my house.

Eric: it actually calls for biscuits. I could use practice with biscuits, anyway, so I didn’t see much point in modifying the design. Thanks for keeping my screw-up between us. It all worked out (which is all that matters, after all, right ?) !

Grizz: Left … AND right ?? Oh, great. NOW I’m thoroughly confused ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#11 posted 09-10-2010 02:10 AM

Neil, why throw the wood away? Get some 5 minute epoxy and stabilize the knots/holes with it. If you want, mix some sawdust or dye in there to make it blend in a bit better. I actually had a lot of success the other day using super glue to fill in small chunks of tear-out in some super curly maple (my power tools are definitely not quality enough to plane it smoothly).

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#12 posted 09-10-2010 04:18 AM

i hope your not hurting those little beetles…the spca would be very interested in what is going on with those cute little guys….isnt that a relative of the guy in MIB….sugar….......more sugar…….always someone in the crowd makin trouble…....who ..ME…....

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

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#13 posted 09-10-2010 04:26 AM

oh and do the beetles chew out the wood on the bottom for the legs…if so …your a man of many talents…trained beetles….....did ya hear the joke about the 2 beetles who entered the bar……..yea they be littled the owner so bad… drove him buggy…....oh my….lol….....

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

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#14 posted 09-10-2010 04:46 AM

Jimi: these were knot-holes big enough to put three fingers into. I didn’t toss the wood. I’ll just keep it for other projects, where I can work around the holes.

Grizz: one dead guy WAS included with the lumber. I talked with him about … him and his friends, and how … if they HAVE to eat trees, and make cheap lumber for me/us … they really SHOULD try out some of the hardwoods ;-)

My brother had a ‘74 Beetle, incidentally. He loved it :-p

-- -- Neil

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#15 posted 09-10-2010 12:59 PM

Nice project Neil. Pine can be nice to work with for some projects, and is often overlooked by many people.

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