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Project by Daren Nelson posted 2382 days ago 8879 views 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It started out with these 2 (well 4 actually, they were busted) oak scraps I had been kicking around. I did not want to throw them out. They had figure and spalt. I just did not know what to do with them.

busted oak

Then I figured, butterfly them together and see what strikes me. I was still stumped. They would have made cool cabinet doors, since they were a bookmatch, but I did not need a cabinet.

oak

They it dawned on me I could use a chair. So I epoxied the crack and made the chair. I don’t really even like oak, too plain for me. I make my own lumber and don’t even saw it unless it is curly or 1/4 sawn.

So there it is, another scrap wood project from urban logged trees. I am digging through the piles now to find some similar pieces for an ottoman. If I have any luck I will post the set.

-- http://nelsonwoodworks.biz/





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 2382 days ago

Very cool!

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

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Harold

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#2 posted 2382 days ago

i’m with Charlie, I like this. Often times those pieces that are discarded are those that best show the character of the tree, as well as the enviroment in which it lived. cool

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 2382 days ago

very unique!!!
what a beautiful conversation piece AND place to sit, all in one!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Douglas Bordner

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#4 posted 2382 days ago

Love it. Life is to short for rift or plain sawn if you can lay hands of the curly or spalted stuff. You do great work Daren. I envy that mill and drying set up. Dorje and I both were gabbing about if we had time enough and money that urban logging would be a thing we would like to do, and to a limited degree (his less limited than my own) we both have done some. Great post.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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rikkor

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#5 posted 2382 days ago

Th1s is nice. It is hard to think of this material as scrap, however.

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jockmike2

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#6 posted 2382 days ago

Beautiful chair Darren, love the butterfly joints. Great project. mike

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

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hap

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#7 posted 2382 days ago

cool, recycle

-- hap, gunbarrel city tx.

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GaryK

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#8 posted 2382 days ago

Very nice use of dutchmans!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Tomcat1066

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#9 posted 2382 days ago

Very cool chair! Me likes!!!! ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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Mick

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#10 posted 2382 days ago

How long did it take you to make these (without the finish)?

-- The name is "Splinter"... I'm the son-of-a-son-of-a-carpenter

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Mick

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#11 posted 2382 days ago

By the way – these are great! I hit the SEND key before I remembered to add my comments.

-- The name is "Splinter"... I'm the son-of-a-son-of-a-carpenter

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Russel

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#12 posted 2382 days ago

Cool chair. People pay good money to manufacture those “defects” and you had it in your scrap. It takes a good eye to see an interesting piece of furniture there.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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YorkshireStewart

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#13 posted 2382 days ago

I really like your chair Daren. A great design that would go with modern or rustic decor. Beautifully put together & a great use of that lovely wood.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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Daren Nelson

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#14 posted 2382 days ago

I can’t take credit for it being a completely original design. I had seen this picture of a George Nakashima chair before (below). I just thought “Hey that is cool, and my wood is even funkier”. I added braces down from the seat (which has a frame under it) Because I am 6’ 3” 210 lbs, I was not sure from what I could see in the picture it would be sturdy enough. I have never seen a plan for it, just this one picture from this angle.

Mick I would say it took a full day (broken up over several days in my spare time) about 25% of that was just head scratching. I am not very good with chairs, for me they are hard. They are not like a table, if it is flat and level you did something, and it if is cool looking even better. A chair can be cool looking, if it hurts your butt you still failed. The one I put together is pretty comfy, even though it is very “simple” looking in design.

-- http://nelsonwoodworks.biz/

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TreeBones

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#15 posted 2381 days ago

Nothing like the satisfaction of a salvage well done, nice.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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