Rustic and Rusticer

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Project by dennis mitchell posted 04-23-2007 06:40 PM 3335 views 1 time favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really understand today that my work is greatly improved by contact with fellow woodworkers and artist. Lumberjocks has brought many new dimensions to my work. This challenge gave me my first reason to try book matching lumber. My first shot at a bread board end. The cloud lift was another first. I took the cloud lift one step further and bumped it in, just for the heck of it. These where the elements I wanted to keep in the design. The apron I wasn’t too thrilled with so instead I went with the barn wood look. All the wood but the legs came out of one board from an old corral. The dimensions stay pretty much true to the plan. The pegs are a very well dried out willow branch. I really wanted to cut them flush, but to stay true to the spirit of Greene and Greene I left them. I like those craftsman details that bring an element of “honesty” to the work. I’m looking forward to the many different skills this competition show cases. Good luck to you all!

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#1 posted 04-23-2007 06:44 PM

excellent and excellenter!!
This is awesome. (no surprise of course). Love the legs …
very unique and very “Dennis-ee”. Well done on all your firsts that you put into this one project.

Love seeing your creations!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 04-23-2007 06:52 PM

Dennis, I’ve seen a whole wack of fence posts out behind my friends barn, in a heap. Now I know what I can do with them.

Great work. Original.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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#3 posted 04-23-2007 06:53 PM

Dennis We are all the better, because of your participation also. Great table. congratulations on getting it finished. Tis is the king of table that I wanted to see when I proposed the challenge.

Out unique talents, starting from the same point in time, and getting different results.

Great design.

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

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#4 posted 04-23-2007 06:58 PM


Greene and Greene goes green.

I like it!

-- 温故知新

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#5 posted 04-23-2007 07:39 PM

Very cool! Nice wood selection for the legs, with the flare at the bottom.

-- Jeff, West Linn, OR,

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#6 posted 04-23-2007 08:00 PM

Well done indeed. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#7 posted 04-23-2007 08:05 PM

This is great, Dennis. The bookmatch looks very nice and I like the texture left on the bottom shelf too. In my mind, the pegs invoke sturdiness while the rest of the table seems carefree. I don’t know if that makes sense or not. Having trouble using words today… Congrats on your entry!

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#8 posted 04-23-2007 08:32 PM

Very original, Dennis. Great job!

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

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#9 posted 04-23-2007 08:34 PM

good job at staying true to the spirit of the original, while going your own way.

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

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#10 posted 04-23-2007 10:36 PM

I too would commend you on following the plan but adding your own flair. I love the rustic look and feel but am sometimes annoyed when the joinery really sucks on some of it… This looks very well built.


-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#11 posted 04-23-2007 11:32 PM

I love it so much everything about it.


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#12 posted 04-23-2007 11:33 PM

Very well done Dennis – your craftsmanship really shows..

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#13 posted 04-24-2007 12:26 AM

Nice work Dennis
I love the look of rustic , it looks so natural in any setting.

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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dennis mitchell

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#14 posted 04-24-2007 12:46 AM

Thanks everyone! I’m getting real busy with this cabinet thing again. I’m going to build normal stuff for awhile. Boxes, boxes, boxes…have to learn to use a square and one of those roll up metal things with the confusing numbers written on it.

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#15 posted 04-24-2007 01:38 AM

Like karson said we’re all the better for having known you and your fine techniques. Maybe if your shop was as clean as mine though, you could have gotten some of those kinks out, however, the kinks give it much character of a substantial nature. If you know what I mean. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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