Odds and Ends Pieces of Furniture using Mixed Woods

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Project by Dusty posted 12-02-2007 06:44 PM 1899 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are various Odds and Ends Pieces of Furniture using Mixed Woods that I have created and experimented with over time.

Some I like, others not so much.

The funny thing about furniture building is you have to build the piece to decide if you like it or not.

A lot also has to do with how you display the piece and what you use it for.

I find sketch ups and concept drawing not very helpful of indicative of the out comes.

To me a legitimate out come of any project is to find you don’t like it or would do something different if you did it again.

A number of my favorite pieces are a result of prototypes and the changes I have made to the piece over time.

These are walnut and oak with the round middle table being white oak and maple.

-- Dusty

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#1 posted 12-02-2007 06:49 PM

You’re really on a roll today, Dusty. I agree that you have to build it do see if you’re going to like it.

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

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#2 posted 12-02-2007 08:38 PM

great tables.

I agree… I designed a location for the big TV and surrounded it with old barn boards. I thought I’d like it.. but thinking it and seeing it in 3d are two different things. (end result is almost done and I’m loving it)
I’d blog about it but I don’t have any pictures and om would just say that I was making it all up

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 12-02-2007 08:50 PM

Great design concepts. some cafe tables. You need to go into the restaurant furniture business.

-- 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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#4 posted 12-02-2007 10:38 PM

I particularly enjoy the middle table. I think that part of figuring out what works visually is understanding what does not. Sometimes we just have to go through the motions of finding that out.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 12-02-2007 11:21 PM



Isn’t that funny how sometimes we better know what won’t work or don’t like for that matter only after we build it or see it in person.

I have come to more realizations which l have ead to “discovery s” and many times altered final projects because of building something and not liking the results.

One more reason I use prototypes a lot when designing new pieces of furniture.

In fact that piece you commented on I made first out of pine. I cut the feet out of a 2×8 piece of scrap.

Often I will “dry” fit and use simple mineral spirits to test how the likely out come of a natural piece of wood will look.

When the mineral spirits drys it leave no residue and the wood which was not glued can be reused, reconfigured or repositioned to achieve desired or different results.

For me its is a constant “tweak” process.

-- Dusty

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#6 posted 12-03-2007 01:18 AM

Nice collection of tables Dusty.

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

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#7 posted 12-03-2007 06:10 AM

nice as always…i like the 3rd one the best…contrasting colors of the wood i guess…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 12-03-2007 04:44 PM

These are really nice, Dusty. I use the mineral spirits all the time to get a preview of the finished product.

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

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#9 posted 12-03-2007 05:49 PM


Works well doesn’t it ?

What a nice simple inexpensive way to get that preview.

Just one of the many tricks you pick up along the way in woodworking.

-- Dusty

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#10 posted 12-04-2007 02:31 PM

Very nice Dusty,

I also like to make things with a mixture of various wood. Some seem to blend well with together.

I like the third one the best.

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

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#11 posted 12-05-2007 03:42 AM


You know one thing I found was it takes the “boredom factor” of the simple projects and gives them life.

I also find it very rewarding to “explore” different avenues and applications for the wood and there specific project’s.

-- Dusty

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#12 posted 08-04-2008 07:09 AM

I really like your work. Especially the contrasting woods. On the square table’s legs, is the darker wood sandwiched or inlayed?

-- Measure three times, cut twice.

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