lodge stlye rustic sideboard

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Project by dennis mitchell posted 12-05-2008 02:56 AM 3821 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this sideboard with a matching hutch to go in an Idaho art gallery. The pine legs are from dead standing trees. I like these because the surfaces are covered with insect tracks and knots. The real nature of the forest shows up. I use Alder for the box and doors. It is also a local wood. This should look real nice in a log cabin somewhere over looking a mountain lake.

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#1 posted 12-05-2008 03:26 AM

Terrific! Really nice work! Beautifully rustic. My kind of furniture. Not a lot of sanding. Those look substantial, heavy. Beautiful design.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 12-05-2008 03:32 AM

wow. i love those. you do a wonderful job.

-- pat,ohio...

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#3 posted 12-05-2008 03:35 AM

You’ve really got a great eye for design. Those are so unique: fine craftsmanship subtly hidden in a bold suite.

-- Gary, Florida

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#4 posted 12-05-2008 03:43 AM

Awesome project! I’m now adding this as the picture I use for the rustic entry in my dictionary. Well done!

-- Always keep a stash of band-aids in your workshop!

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#5 posted 12-05-2008 04:04 AM

Good job Dennis!!!!Hope you have good luck at the gallery,have you shown there before?

-- Scott NM,

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#6 posted 12-05-2008 04:09 AM

Wow, these are my taste. I love the two different wood colors and the natural look.


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#7 posted 12-05-2008 04:47 AM

Sweet!!! I really like this design, would be nice to see pictures of the insides? Excellent job & craftsmanship.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#8 posted 12-05-2008 05:11 AM

Totally Awesome!

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#9 posted 12-05-2008 05:19 AM

Nice job looks great

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#10 posted 12-05-2008 06:01 AM

This should start a fire for you career-wise. I hope you get a line of commissions around the block.

How did you get the hewn surfaces on the alder? Crooked knife? Jack plane? This looks cool as heck.

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-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#11 posted 12-05-2008 06:02 AM

very cool…do you think you can get a close up of the posts (pine) so we can see the markings you were describing…eithway—-very cool dennis!!!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 12-05-2008 06:11 AM

Dennis: a great design and I love the natural legs. A great set of furniture items.

-- 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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#13 posted 12-05-2008 06:15 AM

Dennis This is a very nice set. I like the design. Very good build.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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dennis mitchell

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#14 posted 12-05-2008 06:20 AM

Thanks everyone!
Scott, Yes this gallery has already sold two of my pieces.
Douglas, I use a Stanley block plane to do all my “distressing”.
Dennis, When I get back from delivering them I’ll post the hutch. I’ll try and get some more details.
The shelves are clear pine. The drawers are a simple Alder box.

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#15 posted 12-05-2008 06:53 AM

Beautiful work as always, Dennis!

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