Cherry and Maple with Maple Inlays Sofa table,

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Project by Dusty posted 12-02-2007 05:57 AM 2499 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have long been a big believer in building and designing furniture that is not only functional but visually pleasing furniture.

To that end, I have been able to experiment with several different types, styles and periods of furniture .

I have complete respect for the traditional forms and styles of furniture and there creators and master builders of which I have studied and built several pieces myself.

I personally like simple and straight line forms that are eclectic and with in reach .

It is with that back ground and tremendous respect for all the other masters work I have taken various periods, styles, and disciplines and have experimented not only in styles but mixing and matching woods.

Some of it worked well some of the projects, not so much.

I admit it, and am even proud of that.

Because now I know what works, looks good and doesn’t work so well.

I call that learning.

I also call it a passion.

No regrets.

Here is one such example of my work

Simple and uneventful.

Just like me.

-- Dusty

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#1 posted 12-02-2007 06:16 AM

I like the sap wood on the top. Nice grain.

A great looking table Dusty.

-- 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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#2 posted 12-02-2007 06:38 AM

As usual Dusty – excellent workmanship and design elements. That table works great in the location that you have it. I really like the top on it – rustic but elegant.

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

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#3 posted 12-02-2007 08:20 AM

I really like this Dusty. I always enjoy seeing your work.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 12-02-2007 12:24 PM

awesome!!! Love it.
The lines of “light coloured wood” that paint this piece are so beautiful. Gorgeous

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 12-02-2007 02:41 PM

The sap wood on the top looks great. Are the inlays sandwiched, or did you rout them in?

-- Andy Stark

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#6 posted 12-02-2007 04:06 PM



Side bar if you will indulge me a minute.

I am not surprised you spotted the sap wood right away with your experience and your advanced level of woodworking experience.

Of course it goes with out saying, there are reasons and various projects that you can’t use or must avoid Iknots, sap wood, spalting, irregular grains, blemishes and so on. One thing I have found to be true for me when I look back to my beginnings in woodworking is how I have changed my attitude on a lot of what I just stated at one time would of been unacceptable.

I used to routinely spec “no knots”, “sap wood” ect.

Now not only do I use these “defects” I look especial for them and try incorporate them into my work.

In short I embrace these blemishes. I have found over time and with proper use and selection they make my projects “pop” or lot more interesting.

I have been told that part of my woodworking is “most likely the Artist trying to come out”.

I have no idea if that is true or not.

I have a simpler theory.

I’m frugile and hate wasting wood at eight bucks a board foot.

-- Dusty

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#7 posted 12-02-2007 04:15 PM


Your correct I sandwiched the maple in the legs. I used maple as the slats. I like to use this method because after glue up you can simply plain all the legs down to your desired size.

Then all your legs are uniform and maple looks like its is part of the cheery wood.

Maple and cherry work well together. As you know cherry over time turns darker. The contrast still looks good.

I have experimented with several mixes of wood on various projects such as this one.

-- Dusty

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#8 posted 12-02-2007 04:43 PM

I couldn’t agree more..It’s the blemishes that quite often make a project unique.. But to put that beautful piece behind a couch…....... “Ouch”

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#9 posted 12-02-2007 04:54 PM


I couldn’t agree more.

Notice where that piece is?

It is at the top of my stair landing outside my stained glass office.

That way still to this day as I pass it buy it commands a look from me.

And, every time I see something different in that top and grain pattern.

-- Dusty

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#10 posted 12-02-2007 06:25 PM

Yeah, I like that. The grain pattern in the top pops man!

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

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#11 posted 12-02-2007 09:58 PM

Very nice Dusty, I like the style. Mike

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

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#12 posted 12-03-2007 02:28 AM

Dusty, I don’t have time to comment on all your projects today but I will say I am really impressed with them all. As always you do excellent work.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#13 posted 12-03-2007 05:01 PM

I really love this piece, Dusty. Your design ideas fall in line with my own. Hopefully, I will be able to execute them this well one day.

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

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#14 posted 12-03-2007 05:46 PM


Thank your for the kind comment.

I have no doubt you would be able to build this piece. I would encourage you to try it.

Perhaps you could do a simple prototype if you felt like you didn’t want to try the final project all at once.

Either way I would be glad to try help you just let me know.

-- Dusty

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#15 posted 12-03-2007 09:42 PM

Thanks, Dusty. I appreciate that.

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

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