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Project by out2sea71 posted 04-26-2009 07:27 PM 1690 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Good afternoon all
I just brought my first piece of furniture from the shop. I think it turned out well. It is american chestnut with cocobolo and purple heart stripes. I still have to add the hardware but it is in the house to climatize before I apply the paste wax

-- kein Schaden ohne Nutzen

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#1 posted 04-26-2009 07:49 PM

It looks nice. I have one word or caution, though. I built a table with an inlay similar in design. After a dry winter season in the house, the 1/8” thick inlay popped out where the wood shrunk across the grain. It was enough, that it popped out 1/8” high, and was basically ruined. The top was at 7% mc when built, but since the house was as dry as a desert in the winter, it dried out to where it didn’t even register on my moisture meter.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#2 posted 04-26-2009 08:05 PM

Thanks for the warning. I glued the exotics one stripe at a time with heavy clamping in between. This is my first project and even from the top to the drawer front I changed my technique. The drawer front, I cut slots for biscuits and used my pin nailer to set the pieces during glue-up. I left the project too long without any finish and it cupped really bad so when I placed the top, it had to be clamped and glued. The original screws would not hold it. I have learned many lessons and I will continue to do so as long as I continue to work with the wood. Keep the advice/comments coming; that is a method of improvement.

-- kein Schaden ohne Nutzen

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#3 posted 04-26-2009 11:23 PM

Very nice desk

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#4 posted 04-30-2009 06:33 AM

Nice work Les, looks really nice

-- Don S.E. OK

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