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Project by PhillipRCW posted 06-01-2017 03:53 PM 673 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Please don’t crucify me for painting it. I have been really inspired by a lot of George Nakashima’s work, but I didn’t want to just do the same old thing that everyone else has done. I have a craft show coming up June 10th so I thought the added color would be a great attention grabbing piece for that show. I went with a straight stitch rather than the traditional bowties and then painted them to match the base.

The top is cottonwood, the base is a mix of fir, oak, and maple. The paint is finished with a few clear coats while the top got multiple coats of arm r seal and then buffed out with steel wool and wax. I am keeping this until the show, but it is already drawing a massive amount of interest, so I believe I should be able to sell it for a good amount of profit. Anyone have a good price point idea for it?

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.





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Carlos510

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#1 posted 06-01-2017 04:20 PM

Very Nice. I think the paint is a nice accent to the cottonwood. I like G. Nakashima’s work, I think the design also has aspects of Wendell Castles early work though his construction methods focused on heavy lamination build ups.

-- From popular rap:"If time is money, then I need a loan." Carlos B., http://www.hobbyworkshopprojects.com/

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PhillipRCW

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#2 posted 06-01-2017 04:26 PM



Very Nice. I think the paint is a nice accent to the cottonwood. I like G. Nakashima s work, I think the design also has aspects of Wendell Castles early work though his construction methods focused on heavy lamination build ups.

- Carlos510

I’m not familiar with Wendell Castle, but I will have to look him up now.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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majuvla

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#3 posted 06-01-2017 07:11 PM

Very brave design and colour – looks very adorable.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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PhillipRCW

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#4 posted 06-01-2017 09:30 PM



Very brave design and colour – looks very adorable.

- majuvla

Thanks. Adorable is a word I don’t think I was going for, however this show is primarily wealthy women shopping at it so I don’t think adorable would do that bad at it.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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Hurcorh

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#5 posted 06-02-2017 12:23 AM

Nice. I’m a big George N. fan too. I got a chance to see a few of his pieces and it turns out my Air BNB host in Tokyo has a few of this chairs which I was lucky enough to take a look at and sit in.

Regarding the stitches. My understanding for the ‘traditional’ bowtie shape is that due to the shape itself, regardless of glue, if the wood tries to split further it is unable to. Just something to keep in mind as all that holds yours in the glue bond.

-- Part time woodworker, hoping to make it full time

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PhillipRCW

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#6 posted 06-02-2017 12:52 AM



Nice. I m a big George N. fan too. I got a chance to see a few of his pieces and it turns out my Air BNB host in Tokyo has a few of this chairs which I was lucky enough to take a look at and sit in.

Regarding the stitches. My understanding for the traditional bowtie shape is that due to the shape itself, regardless of glue, if the wood tries to split further it is unable to. Just something to keep in mind as all that holds yours in the glue bond.

- Hurcorh

I thought about that, but with modern glues, the wood itself is weaker than the glue joint so I am banking on the strength of the glue to overcome the need of the shape. Also, it’s a soft cottonwood slab. We’re it walnut or something harder I might reconsider.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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robscastle

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#7 posted 06-02-2017 01:43 AM

Hello Phillip,

The paint is no real big deal, we will not send you to Camp Minidoka as a result.

Iif a wealthy woman buys it she may repaint it any way, however its certainly an eye catcher and for that reason I hope it works for you.

It is in keeping with your style so dont be concerned there.

There are a lot of artists that produced unusual pieces of art that were different to anybody else and they made a fortune doing so! George Nakashima is an example just for one.

-- Regards Robert

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swirt

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#8 posted 06-02-2017 02:36 AM

It’s funny, I looked at this quickly earlier and thought… the color didn’t work for me. Now I look at it again and I think I do like the color. It is growing on me. Good job trying something new.

That cottonwood is beautiful. Did you stain it or does it take on those tones naturally?

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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PhillipRCW

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#9 posted 06-02-2017 03:44 AM



It s funny, I looked at this quickly earlier and thought… the color didn t work for me. Now I look at it again and I think I do like the color. It is growing on me. Good job trying something new.

That cottonwood is beautiful. Did you stain it or does it take on those tones naturally?

- swirt

Thanks, I still have to question if I like the color. I chose it a while back and it just so happened that I had 4 turquoise request come through the shop at the same time so I might be burnt out. The top is natural coloring. I milled the tree it came from and I feel like this one took on a totally different color than any other slab out of it. It was nuts when I put on the finish. I think overall the colors work though.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 06-02-2017 02:06 PM

This is a nice piece and I like the paint. You could finish it with the same wood as the top or with a contrasting wood and finish the whole table the same as the top. Or you could color the base and offer it in different colors to suit the customer. So there are lots of different ways to go to please different customers.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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PhillipRCW

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#11 posted 06-02-2017 02:43 PM



This is a nice piece and I like the paint. You could finish it with the same wood as the top or with a contrasting wood and finish the whole table the same as the top. Or you could color the base and offer it in different colors to suit the customer. So there are lots of different ways to go to please different customers.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck

I like that idea a lot. I offer a different table that has customization options as far as frame color and wood species.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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AZWoody

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#12 posted 06-02-2017 03:38 PM

Happy to see someone else who uses cottonwood. It’s one of my favorite species to use.
Great table.

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pottz

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#13 posted 06-04-2017 04:29 AM

well I’m a huge nakashima and maloof fan and I wont trash you for it but its just not for me,combing beautiful wood with gaudy paint just turns me off,sorry but no sale today.im a big fan of your previous work but this just crosses my line buddy.good luck I’m shure someone will love it.

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

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Josh

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#14 posted 06-04-2017 05:52 PM

Nice work. Really cool and I love the colors.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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