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The Chronicles of Moby Plank #1: Thus it begins.

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Blog entry by Texasgaloot posted 05-21-2008 04:30 AM 580 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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If you’re going to get a start, it might as well be dramatic.

I’ve gotten my first commissioned piece, which when finished should resemble an outdoor bar made of pecan and mesquite. The slab of pecan has been in the client’s garage for a decade, since it was harvested because their new bedroom was going to occupy the same space. It is presently 12’ long, 4” thick and 19” wide. Not bad, considering I already had the diesel pickup to haul it with.

My country-girl wife and I stuck one end on a convertible dolly (turns out, it had to be the light end…) and then schlepped this whale up into the barn/workshop, caught our breath, and began the assessment process. I think we’re going to need an assembly table a la Marc Spagnuolo, an electric hand plane, a new Forrest table saw blade, and maybe three or four of those sexy Lie-Nielsen planes I’ve been lusting after (DON’T tell the country-girl wife I said that, please!!)

My task will be to turn it into a 6’ long, “L” shaped bar, semi-rustic, with mesquite legs, stretchers, and shelf. Not a bad thing for a galoot looking to get back into shape. As soon as I figure out how you all embed photos in your blogs, I’ll do the same thing, or at least mirror it on my other blog. Suggestions welcome.

As we begin to attack this monster, I’ll keep posting pictures. I’m going to even try and post the 3-D renderings I used to sell the folks.

-- There's no tool like an old tool...



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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 05-21-2008 12:02 PM

Here is the instructions for imbedding pictures into a blog

http://lumberjocks.com/help/writing/embedding-pictures

Essentially you have to establish an account with a website host that is designed for sharing pictures. I use Photobucket. Once the pictures are uploaded then you copy the direct link and paste it into your blog and add an exclamation point at the start and end of the pasted link.

Hope this helps.

That is one big slab of pecan. I would enjoy seeing a picture of that. This is going to be an interesting post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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dennis mitchell

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#2 posted 05-21-2008 03:12 PM

I’m looking forward to the pictures too! That sounds like a great chunk of wood.

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