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Project by AndyPitts posted 07-21-2015 08:00 PM 3330 views 20 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Six years ago I received a call from a nearby resident telling me that they had to take down a persimmon tree and wondered if I could make some furniture from it for their home. I had not worked with persimmon, and after some research discovered that it is part of the ebony family. I milled the logs and dried them in the kiln, and set about to design a one-of-a-kind piece. My client had a blank wall, needed storage, and so a large piece to fill the space was in order. The design is full of curves, on the sides and on the front. Even the drawers are built on the curve. I achieved the thickness of the bent laminated sides using poplar cores and thick persimmon veneers. The pictorial essay in the link below gives the complete play by play of building the piece (I had not started making videos of my work in 2009). The big lesson learned with this piece was that it could take a long time for the finish to cure. A few years after building the piece my client called to say that some of the drawers were stuck shut. When we finally got them open, the finish was sticky. It turns out that she hardly ever opened the drawers, and we postulated that the closed air space was preventing proper curing of the oils. Leaving the drawers out for a season solved that problem.

Persimmon, Tulip Poplar, Red Cedar, Walnut
Oil/Varnish/Beeswax Finish

72”H x 81”W x 23”D

http://www.andrewpittsfurnituremaker.com/Works_in_Progress/Allaun/Andrew_Pitts_-_FurnitureMaker_persimmon_shelves.html

-- Andy Pitts, Heathsville, Virginia, http://www.AndrewPittsFurnitureMaker.com, YouTube AndyPitts1000





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#1 posted 07-21-2015 08:03 PM

Wow Andy that’s a real show stopper,great build and amazing wood.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 07-21-2015 08:04 PM

Thanks Jim.

-- Andy Pitts, Heathsville, Virginia, http://www.AndrewPittsFurnitureMaker.com, YouTube AndyPitts1000

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#3 posted 07-21-2015 08:25 PM

Great design and gorgeous grain!

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#4 posted 07-21-2015 08:38 PM

Holy $&@%. Top 3, here you come.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#5 posted 07-21-2015 08:59 PM

Beautiful curves,nice texture of wood =a beautiful piece of furniture.Congratulations!

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,must polish it to shine...

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#6 posted 07-21-2015 09:09 PM

Thanks Park, Brian, and Bud. Andy

-- Andy Pitts, Heathsville, Virginia, http://www.AndrewPittsFurnitureMaker.com, YouTube AndyPitts1000

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#7 posted 07-21-2015 09:31 PM

Outstanding piece Andy. You should have been a boat builder …... you do curves so well. :-)
That is certainly some pretty material, not hard to believe the Ebony link. It is somewhat reminiscent of Macassar E.

Just beautiful, thanks for posting.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#8 posted 07-21-2015 09:32 PM

Fabulous work. Wow

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#9 posted 07-21-2015 09:43 PM

Thanks Paul and Lepelerin. Andy

-- Andy Pitts, Heathsville, Virginia, http://www.AndrewPittsFurnitureMaker.com, YouTube AndyPitts1000

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#10 posted 07-21-2015 10:04 PM


Outstanding piece Andy. You should have been a boat builder …...
- shipwright

Paul,

I was a boat builder …. sort of …. and a boat driver. Here’s a sneak peek at a video that will not go onto my LJ blog for some time (I’m only up to Saturday in the Woodworking Shop #9 on the blog, but this video is #20 on YouTube).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTMNGFp39W4

-- Andy Pitts, Heathsville, Virginia, http://www.AndrewPittsFurnitureMaker.com, YouTube AndyPitts1000

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#11 posted 07-21-2015 10:09 PM

What a gem!

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#12 posted 07-21-2015 10:41 PM

That made me swear out loud it’s so nice, excellent design and amazing wood grain. The joinery on those bent pieces must have been a chore.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#13 posted 07-21-2015 11:05 PM

That is truly an outstanding and inspirational piece, one of the nicest I’ve seen on this site. The black “edge banding” on the sides really tie it together. Kudos

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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#14 posted 07-21-2015 11:58 PM

That thing is amazing looking! I love the grain of the wood, and love those curves!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#15 posted 07-22-2015 12:02 AM

What an outstanding piece! We have lots of persimmon trees but I haven’t found any big enough to saw. This inspires me to look harder! I love the curves and appreciate the added degree of difficulty it adds. Your grain matching and bookmatched pieces are perfect!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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