Manzanita & Mahogany Hutch reposting

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Project by peteholzman posted 05-13-2011 06:17 AM 2160 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This hutch was part of a seven piece commission for one of our lodges here in Idyllwild. The trim is sliced Manzanita, which is a rather gnarly tree common in our mountain area. The case is Mahogany and the slabs are Cedar.
The challenge with this piece was milling and slicing the Manzanita. If I had known about this site while I was building it. I would have taken some photos to show the process. Manzanita can be found all over our mountain, but for furniture use it has to be dead and totally grey (just looks like good firewood). It’s amazing, once it is sanded and oiled how all the color comes back. These trim pieces are obviously slices. I’ll post some other projects that show a full piece (they do not get very big in diameter, more like a large bush really).
First step was to get a flat side. I tried building a cradle that could run through the band saw, that worked OK, but was not very accurate. The easiest and fastest way was to run a log over the jointer a couple dozen times. It had to have three points of contact so that it wouldn’t dip into the blades. Once I got enough of a flat surface, I could then run it against the fence on the band saw

-- peteholzman

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#1 posted 05-13-2011 07:41 AM

yes this is a better picture. a great looking piece. You can go back to your old post and clikck edit and insert the new picture, that way you don’t have to retype all the article. I added some new pictures to old projects this morning.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#2 posted 05-13-2011 07:48 AM

This project has THE look.It’s awesome.

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#3 posted 05-13-2011 03:55 PM

Beautiful hutch, I like the way that manzanita makes it look slightly out of square and almost moving
while adding to the entire look. The description of the wood sounds like some of the juniper trees/
bushes that grow in both eastern and western Montana. The smaller ones are interesting to cut.
thank you for sharing. I would have a tough time parting with something like that if I built it.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 05-13-2011 04:00 PM

Thanks for the encouraging comments! Manzanita is very much like Juniper or even Mesquite. Luckily it grow around here like a weed.

-- peteholzman

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#5 posted 05-13-2011 04:03 PM

Wow that is nice! Well done!

-- christopheralan

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#6 posted 05-14-2011 02:30 AM

This has to be one of my favorite Lumberjocks project posting I have seen. I love everything about this piece. Beautiful work.

-- Steve Good,

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#7 posted 05-14-2011 03:35 AM


Thanks for reposting. The new photo really shows off the interesting lines you created with the manzanita. Great project.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 05-14-2011 04:52 PM

I have to agree with Bluepine38, I couldn’t give this project up. I love not only the combination of different woods, but the visual activity of the design. What a fun piece. I’m having trouble taking my eyes off of it. Congratulations.

-- Then, Than, Their, There, They're, To, Too, Two.....Pine, Maple, Walnut....We need to know the difference.....

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#9 posted 02-24-2012 08:28 AM

I love this way of using natural lines. Amazing work! You’ve just made my morning. Thanks for posting.

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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