We finished the Highboy

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Project by Gene Howe posted 1996 days ago 2497 views 5 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The LOML and I just finished this. It was supposed to be a Christmas gift for our son. A little late!

The Black Walnut came from my BIL’s back yard as a result of a tornado that went through Neoga, IL in ‘02. He had it slabbed, We picked it up in ‘03 and it lay in our storage building until last Oct. That’s when I began cutting the parts. We put the last finish on it yesterday (3/13/09). I have no idea the number of hours it took from initial rough cutting, jointing and planing till finish. I probably worked on it 20 hrs a week for 16 weeks. I do know that there are over 360 separate pieces of wood in that thing and it weighs a TON!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#1 posted 1996 days ago

Nice chest. All those hours of work show. I’m sure you son will appreciate it for the rest of his life…even if it was 3 months late (-;

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 1996 days ago

That is beautiful Gene.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#3 posted 1996 days ago

Your son will say it was worth the wait, and then some!

-- "My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning, and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can." -Cary Grant

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#4 posted 1996 days ago

Nice looking highboy.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Gene Howe

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#5 posted 1996 days ago

Thanks everyone. Your comments are highly appreciated.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 1996 days ago

Awesome. Did you work from a design?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#7 posted 1996 days ago

It will truly be worth the wait, for it is a beauty.

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

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#8 posted 1996 days ago

A beautiful job. Better late than never and to be out of wood that could have been burned if not salvaged.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#9 posted 1996 days ago

A great looking chest. You’ve got to let wood age during the construction. At least that’s what I tell my wife. You’ve got tp let those parts stabalize so they don’t warp and all that bad stuff.


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

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#10 posted 1996 days ago

I love this piece!

Looks like some great craftsmanship. Love the design.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#11 posted 1996 days ago

You to did a beautiful job. That is a piece that will last forever. I’m sure he will be excited when he gets it.

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Todd Thomas

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#12 posted 1996 days ago

great looking project…nice design…well done!!

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#13 posted 1996 days ago

Great looking job!

Very nice design.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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F Dudak

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#14 posted 1996 days ago

Great project! Good things come to those who wait. Your son is going to love this.

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#15 posted 1996 days ago

Really great job on that. What a beautiful piece of furniture.

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

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