The Sawdust Chronicles Challenge #1: The Stock

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Blog entry by Eric posted 05-04-2009 04:39 AM 1011 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Okay, so I’ve decided to sign up for The Sawdust Chronicles (TSDC) challenge to build a desk organizer. Never mind that this is a busy month for me, and that we’re moving on top of that.

So on Saturday I went to the lumberyard and looked for – um, lumber. I was looking for something that was under 3/4” thick, but they didn’t have anything. However, they said they could rip some 1 1/4” thick stock (is that 5/4? I’m still not up on all the lumber lingo), and then plane it down to 1/2” for me. Sweet, done!

So here’s what I got. I estimate it’s about 7 board feet, including that little thin strip. The wood is all kapur, which is just about all that this lumberyard carries. I chose some slightly darker and redder stuff for that thin piece just to add some natural contrast.

TSDC Challenge - the stock

I pretty much have the entire thing planned out in my mind. And I’m surprised at how fun it is just to think about woodworking. I can stare at my sketch for a good 10 minutes or more, just thinking and tinkering with the plan. And when I’m not thinking about this organizer, I mentally build the Roubo.

Not sure when I’ll have time next to actually put tool to wood, since I’m going out of town this week. But of course, pics will follow once I do!

-- Eric at

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#1 posted 05-04-2009 04:48 AM

Hey Eric
a good start good looking wood.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-04-2009 12:30 PM

Uh oh. He’s got the bug… be careful when you start enjoying thinking like that. I’m fairly new to woodworking too, and also a newlywed, and I’m learning all too well how much that kind of thinking gets you in trouble with the misses lol. Can’t count how many times now I’ve heard her gripe (playfully) about how much I’m in the workshop lol. Good luck with the project!

-- -- Jim - Kokomo, Indiana

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#3 posted 05-04-2009 12:42 PM

Great move with good start and stuff.
Wish you good luck!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 05-04-2009 02:53 PM

I actually keep myself awake at night sometimes thinking about a project.
Sweet sickness….....

Good luck on the progress.
Can’t wait to see it.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#5 posted 05-04-2009 05:39 PM

Nice start Eric. Thats some nice looking wood.

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#6 posted 05-05-2009 04:37 AM

Thanks everyone! I just caught a glimpse of some of the other names in this competition. Yikes! :^)

-- Eric at

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