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Blog entry by dbhost posted 1815 days ago 790 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On the 7th day he rested. So I took a hint.

Now back to the salt mines as it were. As the shop cleanup and remodeling progresses, my brain is spinning into upcoming gifting seasons, with birthdays and Christmas, and what to do for my lovely bride… I keep sitting down with pen and paper, and even the computer and sketchup and the designs I put down, well… I get to a point where I realize I don’t like the way it is coming out…

The questions are what to build, and from what wood?

Last year was a step stool from solid pine and sanded pine ply. She loves it! This year I have been practicing dovetails, and am hoping to be able to put together a nice kind of rustic looking buffet, but I want the top and front to be piano hinged, and an acrylic “window” just behind as a display for her “wedding stuff”. Specifically the bouquet, garter, veil, tiara, ring pillows etc… She REALLY wants something like that, but I am running completely flat on ideas. I come up with stuff that is just, well… Too sophisticated when we are aiming for a more rustic feel.

I know that one of the features I want to incorporate into the piece is an antique brass finish “Texas Star”, which is a rough copy of the state of Texas logo, in antique brass relief. The star is 6” in diameter, and I figure I would somehow integrate it into the door / front panel.

And when I say rustic, I don’t mean garage sale throwaway junk.. I mean along the lines of Mexican Rustic Pine furniture. Or maybe what I have heard Nahm call “Cowboy Furniture”.

What can I say, we like stuff that when a nick finds its way in it, it’s not damage, it’s character!

So I keep hacking away at the ideas, and nothing good is coming out of my head yet…

I have a nice clockworks set, clock face etc… from Lee Valley, but currently only properly dried pine in the shop. (I have some black walnut and oak that is stickered in the attic but a ways away from being useful). I am considering a trip to Huntsville Texas to M&G Sawmill to pick up some kiln dried hardwood.

This is sounding lazy, but I keep thinking a clock… But too lazy. Unless…. Nah. She’d hate the clock integrated into the buffet…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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Derrek LeRouax

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#1 posted 1815 days ago

dbhost-

No need to run all the way to M&G just to pick up hardwood, as there are a couple of good suppliers in Houston. The one I prefer is Houston Hardwoods on 290. I have bought my rough and dimensioned hardwood from them for years.

-- Derrek L.

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#2 posted 1815 days ago

I will have to swing by there one of these days… I tend to go to M&G as LOML and I have friends in Huntsville… We tend to make a weekend of it. We drag a rented travel trailer up north, spend the weekend up at the park, visit with friends, grab some lumber…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#3 posted 1815 days ago

Sounds like fun. I have small kids and tend to stay arond the area, as I don’t have a lots of time available. Houston Hardwoods is pretty much the only place I go anymore, but I have also heard good things about Clark’s. I am still looking for a supplier on the south side of Houston, but it doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

How do you like M&G? I have never been there, but I have always wanted to make the trip…

-- Derrek L.

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#4 posted 1815 days ago

I have never done the M&G thing solo, always gone in with friends in that area, they fetch from M&G, I fetch from them… It’s been okay so far.

I totally agree. A fellow with the resources to start a good one could make some good bucks with a quality hardwood dealer on the south side / Galveston county…

I HATE driving up around 290. Just don’t like the traffic out that way… Better than going toward Katy, but still pretty crowded…

No young ‘uns here yet, busting my tail to be ready though… (We are not trying to avoid them).

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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