Pine Night Stand

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Project by Dusty posted 11-22-2007 05:09 AM 2167 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I first started building furniture and selling pieces on the side so I could buy bigger and better and more woodworking equipment.

In Minnesota, a large number number of people own cabins or lake homes.

Many of these homes are done in “country” or “rustic pine” style furniture

Over time I designed and sold several pieces of pine furniture which became a staple of what I had to offer for sale in return for money to upgrade my shop.

Designing and building furniture using pine was a very good learning experience and helped me to refine and practice my craft.

It also taught me a valuable lesson.

That is just because I may not like the pine or country style of furniture on a personal level , I quickly learned I had to build what sold. That in turn, allowed me to upgrade my shop and eventually pursue what my passion was ,which was to build and design Mission/ Arts and Crafts furniture.

-- Dusty

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#1 posted 11-22-2007 05:20 AM

This reminds me of a lady i did some work for on a sort of rustic lake house. Except she was so anal retentive that she wanted to micro manage where hammer marks, scratches or even where nails went on the stuff i was building. I invented a new name for her style…..PRISTINE RUSTIC! hehe

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 11-22-2007 05:50 AM

Looks good to me, Dusty. All that counts is that the check cashed. The customer is always right. I like the pristine rustic, Miles.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 11-22-2007 03:38 PM

stepping stones towards the future… everything brings us something, if we are willing to look for the positives

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 11-22-2007 04:19 PM

Ahh Yes! A savvy business man. A talented furniture maker with business acumen. This is a formula for success.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 11-22-2007 04:24 PM


That is a hoot. I can so relate.

All I can say is …....been there,... did that… worked for some one like that…...SIGH

Some day I am going to start a blog and call it ”The customer is always right…. However…......
In fact Miles thanks for the idea… I might as well start it today, I”ll bet it will be amusing. Here is the link.

-- Dusty

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#6 posted 11-22-2007 04:59 PM

Nice piece, and nice story!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 11-22-2007 07:49 PM

This reminds me of why pine is still one of my all time favorite woods to work with. Very forgiving and displays explosions of grain patterns that always compliment the piece.

-- All donations should be made out to me and in the form of wood or tools ~Chris

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 11-22-2007 08:17 PM

Dudty, that’s some of the nicest Pine furniture I’ve seen. I must be like all the other Minnesotan customers you sold to. I like Pine!!

I think one of the main reasons we like Pine so much, is the lumber barons clear cut Northern MN years ago,

& burned the rest. Now all we have is the second growth stuff. We have to love what’s left.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#9 posted 11-22-2007 08:34 PM


Thanks for the nice comments.

Your so right about being second growth.

Isn’t that sad?

We have to use what we have available to use now.

One of my pet peeves is imported “pine” that the tree has been raised so hopped up on hormones that it would be better off used for making toothpicks rather than furniture.

Don’t even get me going on this subject.

I refuse to buy this crooked ,twisted, bowed, dog…....d…. junk any longer that has been imported and is allegedly sold as pine.


-- Dusty

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#10 posted 11-23-2007 10:24 AM

Dusty you have a way of making plain pine look elegant and expensive. I like your work.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 11-23-2007 03:03 PM


I am humbled from your comments.

This was the first time I built this piece.

I made a major mistake and corrected it the next time I built one.

If you notice I applyed a cheep inexpensive drawer guide built out of vinyl and plastic.

Shame on me.

I know better.

It was prototype. Shrug.

Next piece I did it right.

Wood glides.

End of discussion.

-- Dusty

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