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Project by knotscott posted 08-10-2009 02:40 AM 5485 views 7 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my first completed wwing project of the season. It’s a towel chest that I designed for our bathroom made mainly of red elm….just in time for our 27th anniversary, though it was never initially intended as a gift. The doors and drawer sides are ash. The drawer has hand cut dovetails, the sides are frame and panel…nothing too fancy, but the tenons on the cross braces are a sliding dovetail for extra strength. The stain is a combination of golden oak, cherry, and early American. Some of the pics look a bit more red than it really is…the pics of the top and dovetails are more realistic of the actual color.

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-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....





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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 08-10-2009 02:44 AM

Very nice job on this one!! Just curious, when does project season open and close ?? :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 08-10-2009 02:47 AM

A very nice cabinet, I know you put in a lot of work in that but it all paid off, I like everything about it the color, the details very fine work, thanks for posting.

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#3 posted 08-10-2009 02:52 AM

Projects made of red elm and ash is something you don’t see to often at lease around here.Is it hard to found?

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#4 posted 08-10-2009 03:03 AM

Nice cabinet. this is pretty unique looking grain patterns on it.

I’m with Tomapax – is the previous season available on DVD already? ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 08-10-2009 03:03 AM

Beautiful, sharp, clean, great wood and design, really great project!

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

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#6 posted 08-10-2009 03:23 AM

Handsome. I like the extra touch of the fluting on the side stiles.
Not sure where you are Scott, but folks who work out of their unheated/cooled garages in Nebraska are eminently aware of the project season. Procrastinators like myself are even more aware of it when the project season butts up
against the last minute Christmas gift-making season.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#7 posted 08-10-2009 03:48 AM

very beautiful piece … I made an elm cabinet about 10 tears a go … will need to take a photo someday.

Elm is a really beautiful wood. It has a fine saw tooth or zigzag grain pattern. Takes dyes, stains and finishes well too.

I love the deep amber color of your piece.. That top is excellent. ... actually, terrific grain selection on the whole piece. Fits together and balances very well.

one of my favorites

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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knotscott

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#8 posted 08-10-2009 03:51 AM

I’m in Rochester, NY gang….the season starts when the snow melts, and ends when once I start freezin’ my tootsies. There’s nothing quite like the combination of 12°F, cold concrete underfoot, cold cast iron underhand, and sharp spinning carbide when I’m numb and in a hurry! BTDT…

For the right price, a DVD from last season will exist PL!

GMman – Elm isn’t too common around here either, but I stumbled into this stuff at $1.50 BF the first place I looked. Elm is an interesting and ornery beast though. It’s beautiful and unique, but it is not the easiest stuff I’ve worked with. It’s stringy, prone to fuzzing & tear out even with good cutters, prone to easy burning, prone to warping and twisting, splits easily, and even dents easily, but it is very strong, and you’ll be rewarded for your effort in the end with some spectacular grain patterns.

If you ever do work with it, let it acclimate well in your shop, and dimension oversized. Let it sit another day or two, and then redimension to final size….seems to help with the movement a lot.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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Dan'um Style

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#9 posted 08-10-2009 03:55 AM

I also remember elm splinters easily and are very sharp. Stings … still remember the sting.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#10 posted 08-10-2009 04:05 AM

Sounds like elm does everything but what you want it to do?? Looks like a very good job of taming the wild beast!! Too bad there isn’t more of it around.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 08-10-2009 04:51 AM

Hey Scott
This is a great Towel chest wonderful design and great finish very fantastic build. I really like this chest.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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knotscott

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#12 posted 08-10-2009 02:23 PM

Dan said: ”I also remember elm splinters easily and are very sharp. Stings … still remember the sting.”

Most of these pieces were cut last year, but now that you mention it, I do remember getting slivers and lots of scratches from the sharp ends. What looks to be minor “fuzz” that breaks off when you rub it acts more like a serrated knife! I’ve learned to reach for the chisels instead of using my bare hands!

Thanks again for the comments everyone.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#13 posted 08-10-2009 06:19 PM

Dan,

A one of a kind, like what you did with the upper stiles, gives the piece a completely different look and the elm grain is wonderful.

Your detailed and descriptive list of elm ‘workability’ made me smile as it could fit a few people I know.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#14 posted 08-11-2009 05:52 AM

Nice looking cabinet. You did a beautiful job on this piece. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#15 posted 08-11-2009 06:11 AM

knotscott,
Congratulations on a beautiful project and build. As was previously stated the wood grain is spectacular, and your finish is just superb. Your design is very appealing as well. If your project season only allows one piece, this one was worth the time! I hope you can sneak in maybe one more before the season ends.

Sincerely,
Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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