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Blog series by Texasgaloot updated 10-09-2008 04:21 AM 3 parts 8864 reads 10 comments total

Part 1: Thus it begins.

05-21-2008 04:30 AM by Texasgaloot | 2 comments »

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 ...

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Part 2: Photos of Moby Plank

05-27-2008 08:12 PM by Texasgaloot | 5 comments »

As promised, I’ve gotten some photos of old Moby into useable condition. Evidently when the contractor felled the tree to make room for the house (interesting priorities!) he squared one end: The other end has what I’ve affectionately come to call the “Lobster claw.” This is one side of it: And the other side: This is a photobucket-enhanced view of the whole thing. You can almost hear it doing a sort of inverted gasp for air… The patter...

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Part 3: A Leg to Stand On

10-09-2008 04:21 AM by Texasgaloot | 3 comments »

It’s about time I attack this project with a vengeance, if for no other reason that it will be good to have the commission money to travel to Berea on (Neener!) The most challenging part of a very challenging project has been finding mesquite in quantity and size to work for me. Each leg is 4-1/2” on the square, a modified cabriole leg. I finally scored the lumber about 4 weeks ago, about an hour away. Heck, in Texas, that’s neighbors. Here is the stack: I didn&#...

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