Thorsen House #2: The details are a little rustic

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Blog entry by dennis mitchell posted 04-19-2007 09:37 PM 1622 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The photos aren’t the best, but here is my update on the Greene and Greene table. Yes I went rustic. I got thinking (think…think…think) and I became interested in translating some of the details to a rustic style. I have a very old cheap band saw so I’ve not done much re-sawing. I’ve never done a breadboard end.

Notice I book matched the top. I’m using pine from an old corral and a few pine branches from my firewood pile for the legs. The pegs are well dried out willow branches. I’ve planned the pine for the top and half planned for the bottom shelf. I wanted a transition from the raw weather to the smooth finished wood. It doesnt show much in the photo but, I did a cloud lift, then a cloud pull, just to add a little touch. I did change the design on the aprons. Making them narrower and without the cutouts. It makes the table appear taller and more delicate.

Apply the finish and I’ll be done and ready to post.

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#1 posted 04-19-2007 09:41 PM

Alright Dennis. Looking good.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 04-19-2007 09:46 PM

OH YAH!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 04-19-2007 10:32 PM

It’s looking really good. Will you be keeping it or selling it and if you are keeping it where will you be using it?


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#4 posted 04-19-2007 10:33 PM

Dennis, nice going.
All this time you’ve been laying in the weeds, ready to pounce.
You pounced way ahead of me.

-- -** 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 04-19-2007 10:41 PM

Nice job Dennis. It will be neat to see it finished.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#6 posted 04-19-2007 10:49 PM

Okay, here’s the second time today I’ve had to retract my “I’m not generally much on rustic furniture” statement.

Love those shaped bottom shelf supports!

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#7 posted 04-19-2007 11:09 PM

dennis, my birthday is in sept. if you wan tto send it to me then. :)

-- pat,ohio...

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#8 posted 04-19-2007 11:33 PM

Thanks everyone! Diane, this might be sold, but it is real hard to sell small tables. Especially if you have any time in them. It is just to easy to go get one for $20.00 somewhere. I built one for a charity auction. A small round table pine/alder turned on my lathe, the auctionner put a lamp on it and sold both for $15.00.
Dan, some of the most uncomfortable chairs in the world are rustic. Some of the cheapist POC’s are rustic. I can understand your viewpoint.
Pat, only if you do a woodburning on it and send it back to me on my birthday in May!

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#9 posted 04-20-2007 02:21 AM

Dennis, nice added touch with the Dowels. It’s a winner in my book.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#10 posted 04-20-2007 02:35 AM

That’s a very interesting design and look, Dennis. MsDebbieP has some competition in the rustic arena, now.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#11 posted 04-20-2007 03:05 AM

I like the glimpses you’ve given… was hoping to see one like this.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#12 posted 04-20-2007 03:24 AM

Dennis, that is a great table.

When you have pine like that I know why you use it. Super job.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#13 posted 04-20-2007 03:37 AM

Terrific as always Dennis. You are a master with rustic wood. Step back a few feet for a pic and let us see the whole table please (or is this just a teaser?).

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#14 posted 04-20-2007 05:34 AM

Why am I not suprised that Deb would like, it has willow in it. : ) Great Job Dennis. Love the rustic style. Makes me think of a cabin up in the mountains, near a stream filled with fish and the freash clean air.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#15 posted 04-20-2007 12:05 PM

Hi Dennis;
—-this is great!!!
....and I like what you said about the transition from “raw weather to the smooth finished wood”. The planed top, and then you filter down into half planed on the bottom, great ideas here and great vision.
Thank you for sharing….and great looking pine legs!

-- --frank, NH,

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