He wanted character, ruggedness, and that wife would let him have it in house.

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This guy comes up and requests that I make him a shelf to display his knife collection. I asked what he wanted it to look like? He said, rugged, full of character, yet something his wife would let him have in the house. Then he picked up a piece of rough sawn walnut I had laying around and said, “Use something like this!” He didn’t even want the edges of the back jointed. It is made from walnut and red oak. Best I could tell, he wanted a rough old cobbled up crate.

Well, this is what I came up with. Is it rugged enough, have character, and will his wife let him bring it in the house?

-- Darrell B.

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#1 posted 1412 days ago

That is rugged and it looks pretty good too.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#2 posted 1412 days ago

I agree it looks good too, the question is, “Did his wife let it in the house?”

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 1411 days ago

nice work. I’m curious too if his wife let it in the house.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#4 posted 1411 days ago

wow, i like this one. what the client asks, he gets. sometimes that means that you have to do sometime out of the regular way. nice project!!



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#5 posted 1411 days ago

Great job, just what the customer ordered. Very nice.

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#6 posted 1411 days ago

That is nice.
The saw marks look good and I could imagine finely pollished knifes looking good in it.
I’m sure she will let it in.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 1411 days ago

You made it beautiful with your artistic touches, yet kept to his desires. Perfect balance. Be sure and let us know what hubby and wife thought.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#8 posted 1411 days ago

Well, the pics don’t quite show the wood very well. I took them at sunset with a cheap camera. The sides and back are kind of obvious in how they turned out. The shelves though don’t show up very well. I picked out some scrap 1×2’s and split them on the long side and bookmatched & glued them; all but the bottom one which I chose to feature the knot blowout. Got out the plane, then wet sanded with linseed oil many times and finally scraped them and another coat of oil. Otherwise, they just looked like scrapwood.

When I delivered it they met me at the truck and the sun hit those shelves and they looked a mile deep. I think she was more excited to have them than he was. She especially liked the flaws (knots, wormholes). I was both encouraged and relieved.

-- Darrell B.

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#9 posted 1411 days ago

Sure looks good, particularly to display items such as knives.

What I most like about this is that you worked very finely the sides, yet keeping the back and shelves very rough. Very fine combination IMO. Thanks for sharing :)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#10 posted 1411 days ago

Rustic but cool

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 1411 days ago

You made a difficult build there, Darnell. How to build a rough but smooth shelf, new but old look, rugged but polished feel. You did just that. Great post, got me thinking about building something for the wife to hold her guns, knives, mace, throwing stars, grenades, and all her other foo-foo stuff. :)

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#12 posted 1411 days ago

I was both encouraged and relieved.

That’s great!

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#13 posted 1410 days ago

Thanks for the nice comments!

-- Darrell B.

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#14 posted 618 days ago

Nice use of the milling marks.

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at & also follow me on twitter

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#15 posted 523 days ago

I’ve made a bit of money on things that look like that

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