Waite Phillips' Cedar Table and Chairs in Fishing Lodge at Philmont Scout Ranch

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Project by tmblweed0429 posted 05-08-2009 02:46 AM 5811 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First of all, I did NOT build this table and chairs. However, it was so interesting I really wanted to share it with all of you and I hope that is OK. Waite Phillips (of Phillips Petroleum) donated the Philmont Scout Ranch in 1938 and additional acreage in 1941. He entertained celebrities, politicians and business associates in this fishing lodge. My Boy Scout crew visited this in 2003 and of course, I was most interested in the table and its construction. I don’t have any other information about this, other than it was made out of cedar.

I just thought it had an interesting design and someone might be inspired by this.

-- Trent Tidmore, Grapevine, TX

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#1 posted 05-08-2009 02:53 AM

I spent ten days hiking his ranch in 2006. It’s a great experiance.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#2 posted 05-08-2009 03:01 AM

Ah Philmont…such good memories….4 summers out there….1 year on trek, 1 on Rayado, and 2 on ranger staff. Did the Abreu to Fish route several times. Did not have the appreciation at the time for the furniture that I do now would be very cool to go back…what I would do to trade the cube farm for another summer at the ranch. Thanks for sharing.

-- Mike - Columbus, Ohio

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#3 posted 05-08-2009 03:42 AM

I am blessed to go back this July with my younger son, but this time in the Northern half of the ranch. I would LOVE to retire and go live there as a ranger, teaching the boys to fly fish and spending the evenings with my wife on the front porch watching the stars…

-- Trent Tidmore, Grapevine, TX

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#4 posted 05-08-2009 03:48 AM

Very cool table…. and the ranch sounds great…

Thanks for sharing…


-- Happy and safe woodworking,

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#5 posted 05-08-2009 06:39 AM

I think I could rough it in a place like this. Wouldn’t it have been a beautiful place to live. Who was Waite Phillips? Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 05-08-2009 06:49 AM

Thanks for sharing interesting

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 05-08-2009 02:30 PM

Great Job. Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Dennis Zongker

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#8 posted 05-09-2009 11:05 AM

Tom, Waite Phillips has some bigraphical info but here is probably the best description of what he did for the Boy Scouts:

And thanks to everyone for your hospitality. This is the best site on the whole Internet! Everyone is right – totally addictive!

-- Trent Tidmore, Grapevine, TX

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#9 posted 02-08-2010 03:21 AM

Really love this cabin.

-- Tim, Tallahasse FL

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