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Project by NBeener posted 10-17-2010 08:14 AM 2783 views 2 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Technically, it’s just about’ finished.

May get one more coat of spar varnish. May get 600 grit wet-sanded. May get paste wax applied. May get nothing more, in the finishing department.

AND … the 1/4” baltic birch ply that I used as backer did NOT take the stain well, so I’ll either re-do it, or replace it with a pine backer, either T&G or half-lap.

Meanwhile, I’m calling it done enough for pics :-)

THE STORY:

There’s a pine beetle that’s laying waste to many of our forests, in the Rockies, creating a huge fire hazard of dead fall.

A few miles from me, I found a lumber yard that deals mostly in this beetle-kill pine. A few months back, I bought some boards.

WOOD Magazine had this piece in a recent issue. It caught my eye. So … from rough stock to this bad boy.

THE FINISH:

- a 2:1 mix of denatured alcohol and SealCoat
- a flood coat of Watco Danish Oil, “Light Walnut” color
- Man o’ War satin spar varnish—two coats so far—only on the shelves and the exterior of the side panels.


THE JOINERY:

The drawer box is dadoes and rabbets.
The top is fastened on with Figure 8 fasteners, in a countersunk 1/8” deep x 1-3/4” Forstner bit-created well.
The shelves are in with #20 biscuits.

NOTES:

The upper panel is a “hidden” drawer. It’s a good tight fit, and with no handle, so there’s a 1-1/4” hole in the backer board through which you shove the drawer forward. The drawer is bb ply with the pine false front.

The false tenons and wedges … finally … were made from the same pine. The wedges had enough of a distinctive look about them that I thought they stood out, appropriately, from the rest.

The top has a chamfer around its bottom edge. All the angled cuts are done at 3*.

And … for pine … the sucker IS rather heavy !

I think the wood has a lot of character. I think there’s the face of an old man in one of the sides ;-)

Thanks for looking :-)

-- -- Neil





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Napoleon

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#1 posted 10-17-2010 08:24 AM

Wow thats is really looking great.

Bet i can make room for it at my place :)

Well done Nbeener.

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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patron

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#2 posted 10-17-2010 11:01 AM

it does look great neil

another feather in your hat

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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dustbunny

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#3 posted 10-17-2010 12:42 PM

This turned out beautiful !
Go ahead….give it a spit shine with some 600 grit.
The nice thing about polishing is it can be done anytime later. LOL
I love the tenon pegs : )

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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ellen35

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#4 posted 10-17-2010 01:11 PM

Very nicely done, Neil.
I agree with Lisa, the tenon pegs are super!
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 10-17-2010 01:14 PM

Great to see it finished, I’ve enjoyed the build.
Did you get some more clamps yet? :)

-- 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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rivergirl

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#6 posted 10-17-2010 02:58 PM

This turned out really nice! Can’t wait to see the QSO tower when it’s completed- with real, rather than decorative tenons. ;) I know you will…..................... hahahah

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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SPalm

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#7 posted 10-17-2010 03:13 PM

Sweet. Congrats on the build. That pine does have more character than I thought it would.

Looks nice,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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grizzman

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#8 posted 10-17-2010 03:46 PM

wow neil, this is just beautiful…you did a grand job…Ive got an opening in my shop for a wood technician…would you consider coming and being a part of grizzman productions…lol…...love the wood, love the finish…its certainly a A+....GRIZZ.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Bothus

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#9 posted 10-17-2010 04:01 PM

Hey Neil,

You did a fantastic job on this. I went back and read parts 1 thru 6 just to get caught up. The pictures in parts 4 & 5 didn’t show up for me but it was great seeing this project progress (why isn’t this post part 7 of the series?).

My wife and I are going on a tour of Craftsman style homes in Pasadena today. I just showed her this piece and we’ll be looking for it on our tour. We love the fact that you made it out of beetle-kill pine.

One question though, why is the grain running the wrong direction on the tenons?

Take care,

Bothus

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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Dennisgrosen

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#10 posted 10-17-2010 04:31 PM

great work Neil
it´s looking good from here :-)

take care
Dennis

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Andrew

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#11 posted 10-17-2010 04:56 PM

Great job Neil, Saddly, I must anounce that the last of the KLR is being shipped off tomorrow. I did not have the money to fix it, so, I parted it out. Don’t feel bad for me though. I paid nothing for the bike, and I have reinvested the profits into wood working stuff, mostly turning. In a couple months, I will be ( hopefully) posting some lamps that I will be turning for this years Christmas presents. The tricky part will be the lamp shades, I intend to turn aswell.
Love the tower, and great use of a beatle kill tree, Which one was it Paul or Ringo?

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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Beginningwoodworker

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#12 posted 10-17-2010 09:57 PM

Congrats Neil, on a nice job. I really love the the Tower.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#13 posted 10-17-2010 10:13 PM

Hey Neil
Cool build and unique wood too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#14 posted 10-17-2010 10:57 PM

Neil, The wood has teriffic character! Nice job on the project – enjoyed the blog as well.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 10-18-2010 02:56 AM

Beautiful build. I really like that you left some sap wood on the top. The contrast really adds interest to the piece.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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