Natural Edge Scrap?

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Project by Russel posted 01-10-2010 05:13 PM 2272 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I seem to end up with cut-offs that are really nice, but either too small for a typical piece of furniture, yet cutting them for boxes would lose the character.

This is one such piece.

On one of my first few visits to see my buddy Dennis at Michigan Hardwoods he threw this piece in the back of my truck and said, “See what you can do with this.” At that time, I hadn’t a clue what to do with it. But when I got it home and started looking at it, it was clear that this was one pretty piece of wood. At it’s widest it is about 18 inches, and runs about 19 inches along the grain. And, I do believe it really wanted to be a potato chip, with the cups and twists. It took a little doing to get it reasonably flat.

There is all kinds of stuff here, from the natural edge, to the split-off of the branches, to the spalting that is just fantastic. Too much to ignore. Thus, it was decided that this should be a table top of some sort. The problem was what to put under it.

At first I figured something rustic. But, I don’t do rustic so very good and that also seemed a bit predictable. A traditional stand is definitely more to my skill set, and allows for a certain mix of cultures, if you will. Some might say that the two do not mix well, but I’m finding it growning on me. Sort of a statement like, “Can’t we all just get along?”

So, this piece of wood, thrown in the back of my truck, that is just full of character has become a plant stand with definite visual interest and a bit of a conversation starter. It is solid Walnut and stands about 18 inches tall and is finished with wipe-on poly.

So now, talk amongst yourselves.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#1 posted 01-10-2010 05:32 PM

It’s the right size for a plant stand. I like it.
It also could’ve become a stool or a small side table. With resawing, a box or boxes.
The base may be a little formal for the top but I’m not sure. Hmmm….

-- Gary, Florida

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#2 posted 01-10-2010 06:09 PM

Ooh I really like that, legs and all, beautiful piece of wood and great design. Cant beat the price either. :) gotta love free wood specially when it looks like that!

-- Amanda

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#3 posted 01-10-2010 06:14 PM

Possible projects:
Wall or table clock.
Rout your favorite phrase on it.
Or mabe think up something for the LumberJocks Winter 2010 contest (Yin Yang – the dark and the light. Where would one be without the other? Create a project that uses colour (dark and light wood, stains, etc.) to convey how contrasts work together to make the whole).

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#4 posted 01-10-2010 06:35 PM

ok ok we’re getting along!!:) – beautifully I might add!
well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 01-10-2010 06:37 PM

I recognize that piece of walnut Russel. You found a nice place for it. Looks good, and It’s growing on me.

-- Talent on Loan from God - Rush Limbaugh

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#6 posted 01-10-2010 07:08 PM

Looks real good.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#7 posted 01-10-2010 07:31 PM

Love the piece of wood!! Nicely worked!
Could also be a little seat for a grandkid!!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss!

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#8 posted 01-10-2010 09:27 PM

Formal and free form…a little alliteration… good for the soul…in perfect harmony

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#9 posted 01-11-2010 06:43 AM

I love the top ….and the base. The attachment of the two is what I would like to know : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 01-21-2010 03:01 AM

This is beautiful.. i like the colour or different shading, its is art piece. :)

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#11 posted 10-14-2010 09:49 PM

that would be cool for a chair, each branch holds each leg.
its prob to big to make it work but would be cool. carve a little out of each and make it a nice form fit.

-- Ben L

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Jamie Speirs

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#12 posted 10-14-2010 09:53 PM

That is a lovely piece.
Nice to respect the tree

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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