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Project by MsDebbieP posted 04-09-2007 04:01 PM 1879 views 3 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project changed directions about..hmm… a dozen times – at least!

I found the plans to a project (I’d say “this” project but other than having drawers, there is nothing similar about it) and I thought that it would be great in the bathroom to hold makeup stuff and the such.

Being limited to the small pieces of willow that I have, the plans had to be changed to accommodate the size issues. I also, of course, wanted to keep those “live edges” and that also created a lot of “hmmm” moments.

This morning I went down to the shop to complete the project, with my final plans in my mind, only to find them changed, once again, due to the difficulty of joining the small pieces of wood, and to having an “aha” moment. The solution is what you see here. (Originally the drawers were side-by-side and this morning I thought “stack them”!)

I will soon have to actually go and purchase some wood that is long enough to allow me to be more creative. This patchwork process just isn’t working for me!

This afternoon (after mulling around the idea of putting a back on it) I made up my mind to use the wood I had even though it was just thin slabs that were left. The first two pieces that I picked up and held into place (backwards to what I thought I was going to use) resulted in the shape shown here.. and so the final adaptation took place with the tall pieces projecting above the shelves. You just never know what the wood will end up telling you—but you know, it could have just said this in the first place!!!

Wood: Willow
Joints: cut on the scrollsaw
Fingerholes: drill press (as shown in the original plans. I don’t like the look of these “modern” holes with the rustic piece.. but they are there.)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)





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Karson

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#1 posted 04-09-2007 04:03 PM

I thought that you were making John a run on the extreme birdhouses.

Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#2 posted 04-09-2007 04:05 PM

Rick’s the birdhouse guy not me!
I’m the… what am I again? Oh yah—functional wood art haha

thanks :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#3 posted 04-09-2007 05:23 PM

MsDebbieP looks very cute! Love the design. Hmm I didn’t get the impression of birdhouse….Like your creative side. Keep sharing!

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#4 posted 04-09-2007 05:24 PM

Debbie- Your learning curve is bound to grow exponentially, as bold as you are. Most people cannot begin without a printed plan, and here you are already assessing, “well, what do I have? and how can I make it work for what I want to do?” This is the best ‘bootstrap’ method of learning there is. Power on!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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#5 posted 04-09-2007 05:40 PM

thanks :)

the original plans called for those finger holes and although I don’t really like how they look now (too clean-cut/modern), the only saving grace is that they have that birdhouse feel to it. Of course, if I’d thought of that while I was building it, that is the direction the plans would have headed!

I guess I am learning lots from the “well that didn’t work.. so now what” method.
It is an interesting journey, that is for sure!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#6 posted 04-09-2007 07:14 PM

That’s really cute, Debbie! But I, too, thought it was a birdhouse at first glane. :-)

At least if you ever get tired of ir in the bathroom, you can go hang it on a tree outside.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 04-09-2007 08:14 PM

it might be where it ends up if I don’t get the back finished hehehe

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#8 posted 04-09-2007 08:49 PM

Well, I had some time this afternoon and was determined to finish this, even though I only had thin pieces of wood left. (originally I had only posted the first picture). Now it is complete.

Looking at the photos, though, I don’t think it is finished—I think I am going to mount the shelves to the wall without the boxes and just put the boxes on the countertop. I like the shelves but I don’t like them with the boxes.
I think

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#9 posted 04-09-2007 08:49 PM

I like it Debbie! I respect that you can do Rustic as a style and have it look good. I have an overwhelming compulsion to make everyting ‘just so’. The holes might be clean but in context I think they work. They seem invite consideration and a second look by the viewer.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#10 posted 04-09-2007 08:52 PM

perfectionism is a skill.
Sometimes I think my lack of perfectionism is just a cover-up for my perfectionism—make it look bad and then you don’t have to worry about making it look good!
But in the end, I like this rustic look.. or is that just a cover-up too?? Oh no… i need therapy

Second look theory… that is true. 1) do they belong there? and 2) is it a birdhouse?? (so I guess that is 3 looks!)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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

Very nice Debbie

I think that the natural look of the wood is beautiful.
I love those “Live edges”.

Personally, I like the unit without the drawers, it looks more natural when you can see where from the “Live Edges” are “growing”

niki

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#12 posted 04-09-2007 09:33 PM

I agree Niki.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#13 posted 04-09-2007 11:39 PM

Rustic is just another way of saying in the real world I’m so compulsive I can’t stand myself…wait maybe I need therapy!
Looks real good Debbie!

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Karson

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#14 posted 04-09-2007 11:50 PM

I still think it looks like a birdhouse :>)

Great project Debbie. You are branching out in your skills and talents.

Great Job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#15 posted 04-09-2007 11:52 PM

“branching out” hahaa Well a birdhouse needs a branch!

we can go to therapy together, Dennis.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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