|Project by Thos. Angle||posted 01-03-2009 07:21 AM||2265 views||1 time favorited||20 comments|
Here in the ION country where Idaho, Oregon and Nevada come together, the Juniper is considered a noxious weed. They grow everywhere and are increasing at alarming speed scattered by birds and everything else that can move seed. They suck up 45 gallons of water per day on the average and nothing will grow under them. They make fence posts and picket poles and fire wood. Some folks make interesting furniture from them. I decided to resaw a chunk to see what it worked like. The wood is soft and chips every time you touch it. In other words the experience was a bust. I built this stool from it and will use it in my home. I tried to make through tenons and the wood chipped so bad I needed to fill around the tenon. I had intended to make Craftsman through tenons with a beveled edge. Wrong again. Cut them off and sanded them down. Was in Lowe’s and needed some filler grabbed the wrong thing and got some kind of putty. Realized it after it was around the tenon. This project almost was a bust. Sprayed it with shellac and “Rattlelacker”. I decided it could just sit in front of the new fireplace and have my dirty boots on it so I tooled a big “A” in the middle of the top. I built this on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Carleen wanted lots of tacks. The carving came out pretty good. It needed some redemption.
-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon