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This is a walnut sideboard I built for my nephew and his wife for their wedding. It is my first walnut project.
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#1 posted 12-18-2010 02:47 PM
Awesome piece of woodworking Dan. Classic design, beautiful wood, exceptional craftsmanship = amazing results. They’re going to love it!
-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!
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#2 posted 12-18-2010 02:50 PM
Great work, great finish, great gift you’re a fine woodworker.
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#3 posted 12-18-2010 02:51 PM
Very nice piece, Dan. I don’t work much with walnut either, but love it’s color. You pick out some beautiful lumber. This should be a family heirloom. Thanks for the post.
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#4 posted 12-18-2010 03:03 PM
That’s gorgeous and looks to be very well made.
-- Al, Culpeper VA
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#5 posted 12-18-2010 03:57 PM
Beautiful!! Great design, love walnut.
-- Jack, Albuquerque
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#6 posted 12-18-2010 04:21 PM
nice design, i like the proportions. did you design it youself?
i was also wondering about what joinery you used for the carcass? are the panels solid or ply? and what is the interior wood?
#7 posted 12-18-2010 04:42 PM
It was my own design loosely based on a couple other designs.
I built an internal carcass out of birch plywood. The external is all solid walnut. I had used plywood for panels on other projects and was never 100% happy with it so I used 1/2” walnut rabbeted to fit in the grooves on this project and it worked great. The sides are mortise and tenon the front face is just glued and screwed.
#8 posted 12-18-2010 04:56 PM
i’ve never done ply in panels – why werent you happy with it? btw, i like the look of flat panels – raised panels usually create too much visual noise for me.
oh – what does the back look like? is it 3-4 framed panels?
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#9 posted 12-18-2010 04:58 PM
That is really nice.
-- 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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#10 posted 12-18-2010 05:07 PM
Instant classic, Dan. Great lines and execution.
-- Darrell B.
#11 posted 12-18-2010 05:09 PM
Plywood panels are dimensionally stable and easy to do and really were not that bad. My issue was more with the look. Plywood generally does not have as interesting grain as hand selected hardwood and it takes finish a little differently (ie does not absorb as much stain) and is not from the same tree. This causes different coloring, although usually not dramatic (which may be cool in some cases). Plus in the case of this project, I would have needed to buy a whole sheet of walnut plywood (not cheap) to do a few small panels.
#12 posted 12-18-2010 05:27 PM
all of that makes sense, thanks!
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#13 posted 12-18-2010 05:41 PM
The easiest and most accurate way for me to pay you a complement, is by saying that when I start building more serious furniture pieces, this is what I’m aiming for in overall composition, lumber selection and craftsmanship. It appears that all the details are not only there, but well tended to.
Of course, the walnut is another +1 for you as well. I am a big fan of walnut and I think this piece illustrates my love for the wood with the beautiful grain (and grain variation too), the depth of color, and the fact that it’s a pretty friendly wood to work with overall, no matter the tools you’re using.
-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."
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#14 posted 12-18-2010 05:48 PM
Beautiful job..The grain of the walnut is exceptional.
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#15 posted 12-18-2010 08:31 PM
Great work, I really like working with Walnut. Getting ready to make to more Kitchen cabinets out of some great work!
-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"
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