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Project by RockyBlue posted 1258 days ago 3522 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is very similar to the one I made for my Uncle a few weeks ago. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/44354 We had his sitting by our front door for a week before I gave it to him and really liked it, so I decided to build one for myself from that same tree. This one is about 16” wide and 34” tall with all 2” thick slabs. I also did not add live edge trim to the sides of the top since the end grain looked so nice.
The right side “leg” has some beautiful grain. I kept planing it till the 3 light areas were connected by the lighter grain and it turned out looking neat. I would have liked to have the top overhang the sides, but the placement of that beautiful round figuring made my length limited.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother. www.rockybluewoodworks.com





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Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 1258 days ago

That is a very natural & beautiful. Excellent Work!

-- Dennis Zongker

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MasterSergeant

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#2 posted 1257 days ago

Nice project I like the non-traditional flowing lines.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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rivergirl

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#3 posted 1257 days ago

I know what you mean about how centering the knots and the figuring sometimes results in limiting the length. Sometimes you rob Peter to pay Paul so to speak and hope for a good final result. Love the table, such beautiful wood! :)

-- 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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Lee Barker

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#4 posted 1257 days ago

Beautifully done; nice drawer joinery.

We have lots of blue pine in our area too (Central Oregon) but I rarely see it in this thicker state, which is a treat.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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LesIsMore

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#5 posted 1257 days ago

Beautiful. Looks great with the other blue pine furniture I spot in the background. Really makes me wish I had somewhere to get this lumber in my area of the east coast!

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steliart

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#6 posted 1257 days ago

Another beautiful piece of work.
Thank you for sharing

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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Bluepine38

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#7 posted 1257 days ago

Beautiful use of that bluepine. You really make the grain and color stand out, that live edge just adds to
the natural look. I am going to have to get back to cutting up some more of that pine this summer. Thank
you for sharing. LesIsMore, just be glad you do not have this wood too close to you, the brown bare tress
on the mountains do not look that good and it will take quite a few years for the forests to recover out here.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Thaqeb Alserhan

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RandyMorter

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#9 posted 1257 days ago

I like it! I wonder if I could get some similar wood from Northern Arizona where they’ve also had beetle issues. That looks great and what a great way to put the wood to use.

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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Richard

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#10 posted 1257 days ago

I like it, especiallyy how the knot is centered on the top. Is this ponderosa pine? Its funny how the blue affects the outer diameter of the log. Great job, I remembered going out and cutting firewood with my dad and seeing some of the cut logs showing this design. I always though it was neat but didn’t have a clue on what to do with it. Now I use blue stained lodgepole pine on some of my projects. Look forward for your next projects.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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RockyBlue

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#11 posted 1257 days ago

Richard The wood is from the lodgepole pictured in the description of the similar table I made.This pic is of me 25 years ago with some firewood my dad cut( his name is Richard also). Apparently the beetles were in the Colorado Rockies then too, as he only cut dead wood for burning. Maybe this is were my passion for this pine began!!

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother. www.rockybluewoodworks.com

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mcoyfrog

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#12 posted 1257 days ago

Maybe this is a dumb questions but is beetle kill pine just trees killed by beetles sorry i’m just a slow hippy

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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RockyBlue

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#13 posted 1257 days ago

mcoyfrog Yes the pine beetles attack the trees and block the flow of sap, killing the tree within about 2 weeks. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_pine_beetle
Isn’t slow hippie redundant? Just kidding.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother. www.rockybluewoodworks.com

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DLCW

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#14 posted 1257 days ago

Very imaginative and a neat piece. Great job.

Great use of what would otherwise be brush burn-pile lumber.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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Clarence

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#15 posted 1257 days ago

I drove through several western states this past fall. I was shocked at the millions of brown, dead trees I saw over a distance of many hundreds of miles.

-- Getting old is a good thing, but being old kinda stinks.

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