A sideboard in Red Cedar.

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Project by Rob posted 11-26-2007 08:47 AM 1644 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyones,

This is a sideboard I made, primarily because I could. It is made in Red Cedar, also called Surian. This timber is common all along the Pac rim from Oz to the Phillipines. It is a joy to work and takes a finish beautifully.




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#1 posted 11-26-2007 08:57 AM

Awesome Rob. Very nice piece indeed.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 11-26-2007 10:54 AM

Beautiful Rob. Your work is always a joy to view and this one is no exception.

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

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#3 posted 11-26-2007 01:29 PM

One of the greatest things about red cedar is the wide range of colour that can be found in the wood. From almost pure white in the sap wood to a real dark can be had. I use a lot of it….for those reasons.
Nice work.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#4 posted 11-26-2007 01:52 PM

Splendid! I like the raised panel doors.

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#5 posted 11-26-2007 03:01 PM

Good looking sideboard Rob!

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

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#6 posted 11-26-2007 03:11 PM

Beautiful Rob. A nice design and nice use of wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 11-26-2007 04:16 PM

Nice Rob. I like what you did with the grain on the drawer fronts.

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

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#8 posted 11-26-2007 04:24 PM

Very nice, Rob. Obviously not the same as our Red Cedar. Beautiful though.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#9 posted 11-26-2007 05:36 PM

That’s a very handsome piece. As Tom noted the grain flow across the drawer fronts is a very nice design touch.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#10 posted 11-26-2007 07:45 PM

A very nice piece of furniture. I particularly like your reason for making it.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#11 posted 11-26-2007 10:18 PM

Rob -

Beautiful work!


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#12 posted 11-26-2007 11:45 PM

Thanks for the kind comments everyone.
When I say “because I could”, I’m referring to the fact that I was able to find and purchase timber with such a beautiful grain. Surian is a timber of the Genus Toona and grows right up this side of the Pac rim, from Australia to the Philippines. Australia has it’s own species, Toona australiis, which was used extensively in early days for furniture, panelling and doors. However, an introduced Lyctid mite has had a devastating effect on it and now it doesn’t grow large enough to allow milling. There are pockets of it left, but these are primarily in World Heritage areas. The Surian is a fairly good substitute though.


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#13 posted 11-27-2007 01:03 AM

All I can say is ”Beautiful” ! I love the way the colors flow in this piece.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#14 posted 11-27-2007 06:26 AM

Nice piece!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#15 posted 11-28-2007 02:18 AM

Very nice -

What’s the density of this wood? What other wood could you compare the density to? When I first saw the post title, I was thinking Western Red Cedar, which is so soft and I couldn’t imagine an entire case built of it…not that it couldn’t be done though…

This sounds like it’s a different wood…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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