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Project by Neil Davis posted 12-04-2016 11:28 PM 2146 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Actually, I didn’t, but talk about shimmer, whew! I was at the local lumber yard picking up some white oak for a project and talking with the manager and asking about what types of wood he had that had figure. He told me that he had some curly maple in the shed. The shed is where they throw the stuff that is the scrap wood, left overs, stuff with splits and knots. I asked what the cost was for the curly maple and he said two dollars a board foot. So I loaded up with some and went in to pay. I told the sales clerk I had picked out the curly maple at two dollars a board foot and he said it was not that price. I started to sweat as I had picked out quite a bit. He checked the price and said he was right, it was not two dollars a board foot but ONE DOLLAR a board foot. I said hold on a minute and went out and doubled up.

This stuff is so beautiful I have not thrown away a single scrap. Anyway, I drew up a design in AutoCad and then proceeded to build. The recessed panel is actually resawn then book-matched. I tried to plane it but the figure was chipping out. I contacted my local Woodcraft and one of the sales guys named Dennis said he could sand it for me. I took it by and he took care of it. I tongue and grooved the top, bottom and verticals. The cap piece was joined with biscuits, The crown molding was a technique that I had read about where you make jig and run a board across your table saw at an angle to create the cove. I hand scraped and sanded then I then cut the molding so it was at 60 degrees to the front, mitered for the corners.

The finish is three coats of brown dye, 1 coat of amber dye and three coats of amber shellac sanded to 220 between each coat.

The client,....My wife loves it.

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#1 posted 12-05-2016 12:10 AM

ONE DOLLAR a board foot???

DUDE! For that, you get a big ‘ol YOU SUCK !!!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#2 posted 12-05-2016 01:12 AM

amazing!!! Great job and great buy!!!

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#3 posted 12-05-2016 02:15 AM

Beautiful project, very pretty maple and a steal of a price congrats.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 12-05-2016 09:21 AM

Wow, that is some gorgeous tiger maple! Congratulations on a beautiful project that you aptly named. I have had nothing but positive experiences with Woodcraft and it’s nice to hear that your local store has staff willing to do what Dennis did. Regarding one dollar/board foot…you suck!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#5 posted 12-05-2016 11:43 AM

Wow. An amazing finish. Great job!

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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#6 posted 12-05-2016 01:27 PM

The wood is beautiful and you did a wonderful job on this bed. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 12-05-2016 01:33 PM

Very nice.
That headboard is way better than anything you would try to buy.
Congrats on the price of material… pays to ask.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#8 posted 12-05-2016 01:40 PM

“The shed,” huh. Gorgeous wood and great job putting it to use. Now, where is this lumberyard again?

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#9 posted 12-05-2016 02:09 PM

nice work man – i’ve got a bed in my future with a very similar design planned. i might have to pick your brain down the road if I hit a roadblock. Solid work

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#10 posted 12-05-2016 02:58 PM

beautiful wood

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#11 posted 12-05-2016 05:10 PM

Great-looking headboard and a ridiculous price. Curly maple here costs many times that.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#12 posted 12-05-2016 05:34 PM

Definitely one of the biggest “you suck” posts I’ve seen in a while! :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 12-05-2016 07:39 PM

Really fine work! Love the way the finish pops the figure. And talk about a bargain! If you have any left over I’ll give you $2 a board foot for some!

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#14 posted 12-06-2016 12:39 PM

Wow, beautiful! I’m also very jealous of the $1 a board foot deal. Great to know somebody with a big drum sander. I tried running curly maple through my little lunchbox planer. I’ll never do that again! I love the way the dye and finish really bring out the curl. Congratulations on a great piece!

-- Marsha, Northeast Ohio

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#15 posted 12-07-2016 03:54 AM

Great job. Isn’t it a hoot to find such a treasure for so little money? I bought a pallet of rejected gunstock blanks of curly and bird’s eye maple, claro walnut, and butternut. It’s really fun to plan and make things out of precious woods. Now you know that, too.

The curly maple looks great when paired up with black walnut.

-- Dale

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