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Project by dotson79 posted 09-05-2014 01:29 PM 1592 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A pair of walnut nightstands I made for my daughters wedding. Wood is what was left over when my wife’s grandfather’s sawmill shut down back in the late 60’s. He passed away 2 years later and we never met. Trying to use as much as I can for projects for my kids so that they can own a piece of that family history.





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Marty 529

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#1 posted 09-05-2014 01:55 PM

The tables are lovely. That is great that you are using the wood to preserve family history. You could write on the bottom of the drawers where the wood came from so it will always be remembered. When I built treadle tables for my daughters, I wrote on the bottom the year and a little poem so my grand-kids would know when and who made them.

-- Marty, Ohio

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#2 posted 09-05-2014 02:40 PM

Very nice Dave. The personalized signing touch is a good idea.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 09-05-2014 03:48 PM

Lucky daughter—very nicely done! Agree with personalized signing and history for future generations as this is bound to be a family heirloom (I believe Antiques Road Show refers to as the “provenance”).

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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dotson79

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#4 posted 09-05-2014 05:19 PM

Thought some might appreciate the history of the wood. This is what I am placing in the jewelry box I made her as well as the night stands.

September 6, 2014

A gift to Ellen (Dotson) and Tyler Haldeman on the occasion of their marriage today. It was made by her father, Dave Dotson.

Over one hundred years ago, Fulton Stuckman operated a sawmill in Bucyrus Township. He died on April 2, 1915 resulting from an accident in the mill. He left a wife, Emma, and three sons, Jessie, Park, and Herbert. Jessie died of pneumonia when he was 19 years old. As Park and Herbert began their own careers, they once again started the sawmill at the family farm on Shupp Rd. in Bucyrus. The cherry wood in this piece is from what was left of the lumber when the mill was finally shut down in the late 60’s due to Park’s failing health. He passed away on June 25, 1970. Park is Ellen’s Great-Grandfather on her mother’s side.

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#5 posted 09-05-2014 09:22 PM

That sure qualifies for “the provenance” to a family heirloom in my book.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 09-06-2014 12:40 PM

What a great story. You have captured the true spirit of woodworking. Your daughter will cherish this more as time passes.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#7 posted 10-16-2014 03:29 AM

That’s amazing. Both the story and the night stands.

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