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Project by LeTurbo posted 01-30-2016 05:27 PM 1339 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found a big lump of unidentifiable wood floating around our shared workshop. Nobody knew where it came from … or wanted it.

It was very termite-eaten, so I spent a long time digging all the detritus and sawdust out. It’s amazing how compacted it gets. Then I tried cleaning most of the paint and other marks off.

The base is made from short offcuts of ash and oak. Actually, I started with the ash, but there was just enough for the legs. So the small remainder, I ripped and used as a facing to the oak as you can see in the second picture, just so there was a visual “whiter line” around the piece. The cross braces are all oak. The wedges for the tenons are ash.

(Unfortunately, when I backed up my computer, everything went deeeeeeeeeeeeeeep into folders which are unhelpfully labelled. So I can’t find the process pics, or ones of the base just on its own.)

It could be a small bench, or a sidetable.

Thanks for looking!


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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 01-30-2016 06:16 PM

Unique. I really like it.

-- 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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#2 posted 01-30-2016 07:18 PM

Oh the stories that chunk could tell…..
....... and this latest chapter of its life may be the best of all.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#3 posted 01-30-2016 08:48 PM

very cool you didn’t mention the size but I think if its small enough it would make a great end table or if big enough a coffee table.good score on this, one mans trash anothers treasure,great job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 01-30-2016 08:54 PM

looks like a museum piece or showcasing a meteorite ha ha
very intriguing and nicely done

-- Greg Simon

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#5 posted 01-30-2016 09:12 PM

Boy, if that old piece could talk.
I bet it’s been around the block a few times.
The frame is great.
It really showcases the piece on it’s own.
Nice work Brett.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#6 posted 01-30-2016 11:00 PM

Very creative and artistic. Well done!

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#7 posted 01-30-2016 11:53 PM

Great job! Almost looks like part of an old railroad tie. Nice save – very attractive and sure to be a conversation piece – if you don’t know the story behind it ask people to make one up then pick the best one. Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#8 posted 01-31-2016 10:20 AM

Great combination of new and old wood.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 01-31-2016 01:53 PM

like it a lot. Old and Weathered, New and precise.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#10 posted 01-31-2016 05:15 PM

Great looking piece. Nice save.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#11 posted 02-01-2016 01:10 AM

You have a great eye to have seen that “in the rough”. And the build showcases that chunk beautifully. I too am curious as to the dimensions???

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

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#12 posted 02-01-2016 06:25 AM

Thank for you all the fantastic comments, everyone!

I don’t have the dimensions nearby – or the piece for that matter – but I recall it’s around 500mm high X 700mm long X 300mm wide … or roughly 20” X 27” X 12”. So it’s about end table size, or just a small bench seat for one.

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#13 posted 02-01-2016 02:23 PM


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

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