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Project by TZH posted 12-06-2009 04:54 AM 2618 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Made this set of side tables for our daughter for Christmas last year. Rocky Mountain Red Juniper has such beautiful heartwood, some of the projects I’ve done are really hard to let go of. The wood in this set came from an area devastated by forest fire. Virtually all the juniper trees in the area died as a result of the fire.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On





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hap

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#1 posted 12-06-2009 06:06 AM

i like your style.

-- hap, gunbarrel city tx.

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#2 posted 12-06-2009 08:12 AM

I like the free form style of the pedestals. Just how stable are they? They look top heavy.

I agree. With color and grain like that, they would be hard to let go.

Keep it up.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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David Murray

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#3 posted 12-06-2009 02:50 PM

Very interesting color and grain. I wonder if this wood would be good for turning. Nice Job

-- Dave from "The Sawdust Shed"

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#4 posted 12-07-2009 08:52 PM

As usual, Great work!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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OhValleyWoodandWool

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#5 posted 12-07-2009 10:00 PM

These are great. Nice job

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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TZH

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#6 posted 12-08-2009 03:23 AM

scrappy: hope you check back and get this post. Yes, they are a little top heavy, but are meant to be more decorative than functional. On carpeting they aren’t very stable at all, but on hardwood or tile, they do just fine. The trick is in getting the top balanced on the stem, and that’s just a matter of doing a balancing act in the shop before putting them together. Next time, I think I’ll try fastening everything together with rare earth magnets because the tops and bottoms of these pieces split pretty easily due to the fact they dried very fast when they died in a forest fire. Hope that helps.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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TZH

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#7 posted 12-08-2009 03:29 AM

David, hope you check back and get this post, as well. In answer to your question, I can’t personally say one way or the other whether Rocky Mountain Red Juniper would be good for turning. It’s a softwood, so I think it would work. I don’t know of anyone off the top of my head that would know about this. We might want to put it out in the forum section to see what we get back.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#8 posted 12-08-2009 03:33 AM

Nice work.I love the red.

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#9 posted 12-08-2009 06:33 AM

T2H Thanks for the info. I thought they looked a little wobly. The magnets would probably help to prevent splitting. Great idea.

David, I turned a couple of candle holders from Juniper here in Arizona. It was my sister-in-laws fire wood so not sure what kind of juniper. Nice color nice odor. Turned real easy. Need any more info PM me. I’ll see if I can help.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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