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Project by Nick posted 08-25-2016 04:00 AM 1610 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished these this morning. A set of side tables from knotty alder. I designed and built these in what I would call and arts and craft style. They match a coffee table I built a while back. Finished with BLO and oil based poly. Let me know what you think.

-- Nick, AZ. Wood is a canvas for God's art work, it is our job as woodworkers to figur out the best way to display it.





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XrayJay

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#1 posted 08-25-2016 11:17 AM

Everything looks great but the knots take it to another level. Beautiful character in the piece. Half blind dovetails too, fancy!

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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Ron Aylor

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#2 posted 08-25-2016 12:00 PM

Stand up, take a bow, and call yourself a true craftsman! I love the look of this Alder … all the knots and imperfections are a fantastic contrast to this design. Looks like you channelled your inner Gustav Stickley!

All too often we (the collective we) shy away from the “imperfect” cuts of lumber. I like to accentuate the “gnarly parts” in my work as it appears you do. Just imagine if trees could talk. I think this guy would be thanking you for proving to the world he was not destined for the wood stove!

Again, great job … and I’m sure there is a theological metaphor there somewhere!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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splintergroup

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#3 posted 08-25-2016 01:56 PM

I agree with the others, that is some fine work putting that wood character on display!

Usually I go out of my way to avoid ‘defects’ like knots, cracks, and intrusions. You go the other way, well done!

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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#4 posted 08-25-2016 04:24 PM

Completely agree with everyone. Fantastic pieces and the character of the wood really comes out in the pieces. This is the kind of work that I aspire towards being able to create. Thanks for sharing!!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#5 posted 08-26-2016 12:46 AM

I generally stay away from them, but you really did a wonderful job with the knots! All-in-all, a fine pair of side tables!

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

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#6 posted 08-26-2016 02:15 AM

Very nice indeed.

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oldnovice

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#7 posted 08-26-2016 04:50 AM

Very knot worthy pieces!
You took a big chance with all those knots but it was definitely worth the final project!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Ron Aylor

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#8 posted 08-26-2016 10:32 PM

Nick, you should reach out to Mike for a possible collaboration!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#9 posted 08-27-2016 01:46 AM

Nice job!

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#10 posted 08-28-2016 03:40 PM

These side tables look great! Nice choice to pick knotty alder it’s a great wood for this application.

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