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Project by Operaman posted 11-26-2007 08:11 PM 2225 views 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Locally Grown Quilted Cherry

-- Cheers!

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 11-26-2007 09:47 PM

Unique design, beautiful wood, excellent execution. Can’t ask for more than that.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 11-26-2007 10:06 PM

Beautiful cherry and a wonderful project.

Did you mill the timber yourself or obtain it from a local mill?

The figure is very striking.


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

David, I milled this lumber myself. One of my dad’s brother’s has a bandsaw mill that is very close to my home. The wood came from an old growth cherry tree in the historic North Shore area of Chattanooga, TN in a yard owned by a friend. They were making way for other things and asked if I wanted the wood. Of course I really had to think about it…lol

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#4 posted 11-27-2007 12:54 AM

You are one lucky man! Now I’m really jealous!

Great design and workmanship!

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

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#5 posted 11-27-2007 02:17 AM

Man, that’s some pretty stuff.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#6 posted 11-27-2007 03:24 AM

Great table with some beautiful wood!

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

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Dan'um Style

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#7 posted 11-27-2007 04:06 AM

nice project … give it about 5 years to age and then post it again. thats going to be one awesome treasure.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#8 posted 11-27-2007 05:35 AM

1 photo? Your killin’ me man!

Neat story on the wood to go with the piece. The cherry sure has some nice figure that showed up in the photo. The design is an instant classic and perennial favorite.

Work looks nice and tight.

What’s the finish?

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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dennis mitchell

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#9 posted 11-27-2007 06:04 AM

Beautiful wood. Interesting design. What is the story behind the design?

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#10 posted 11-27-2007 08:10 AM

Scott your work is awesome. I don’t know if I like the wood or the design better – both really demand attention. I’m with Todd though, more pictures and details (such as finish used, etc.) Digital film is really cheap :-))

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

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#11 posted 11-27-2007 03:55 PM

Gorgeous, what else can I say that has’nt been said. Great job. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 11-27-2007 04:47 PM

ok ok, mike and cajunpen…you have made your point and I will start including more photos and descriptions (lol). The finish on this piece, as it is terribly utiliterian, is a build-up of coats of semi-gloss precat lacquer (ML Campbell) thinned 4 parts to 1 part thinner sprayed from an HVLP conversion gun over a fully cured rub down of 100% tung oil.

-- Cheers!

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#13 posted 11-27-2007 04:54 PM

The design is directly taken from a Stickley piece that came through my uncle’s auction house several years ago. I was really taken with it, not only for its usefulness, but in that it presents some interesting build challenges (the way the panels are both mitered and splined into the legs for example). This can’t be called a reproduction really as the dimensions, wood, and techniques used are somewhat different: the original was done in qs white oak, fumed, and a bit smaller than this one. I think the figured cherry works very well, even on such an austere piece. I will try to get a picture of the top surface, which really looks 3 dimensional, like looking through crystal clear water.

-- Cheers!

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#14 posted 11-27-2007 05:04 PM

The tung oil would explain how you achieved such a rich color on a newer piece of cherry. Don’t discount the pre-cat lacquers. All my work is finished with Sherwin’s pre-cat and ML Campbells has a nice product too. It is nicely durable and very repairable if you do not use furniture polish on it and contaminate the surface. The only care it needs is a wipe down with a damp rag.

Pre-cat lacquers have their limits though. They are not good for something like a dining table or kitchen and bathroom cabinets. The finish will not hold up well in these locations and you need to go to a catalyzed varnish which wears like iron.

The pre-cat lacquers produce a gorgeous finish very quickly and that is why I use them. They do not produce the “plastic” look unless you put them on too thick. I also like the way each coat burns into the previous one which eliminates a lot of sanding.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Mark A. DeCou

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#15 posted 12-13-2007 11:34 AM

I like the cherry. But, this table would look good even painted. It is just a great design, and wonderful project.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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