First big furniture piece

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PhotobucketThis is the first really quality piece of furniture I ever designed & built. Over the years I built many smaller projects & larger built-ins both for myself & customers. This piece includes 4 piece legs featuring miter lock joints so all 4 faces show the beautiful quarter sawn oak, full dust shelves between the drawers, too many mortice & tenon jionts to count, 100% solid wood with the exception of the drawer bottoms. The only metal used was for the pulls & the figure 8 hardware to mount the top. The finish is 3 coats of Watco Oil followed by 4 (8 on the top) coats of hand rubbed a oil/varnish blend I make up myself.


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#1 posted 02-02-2008 05:43 PM

Very nice. Similar to Stickley sideboards but longer. How does the finish hold up vs. water or hot plates?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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Tim Pursell

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#2 posted 02-02-2008 06:23 PM

So far so good on the finish holding up—- of course not too many people are brave enough to put something wet or hot on it. Not if I’m any where near! LOL


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#3 posted 02-02-2008 06:38 PM

This is a very nice piece, Tim. The finish looks superb. You might want to post more pictures displaying your work on the inside of the cabinet and the drawers as well. I am sure that their quality is as good as that of the outside.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-02-2008 06:50 PM

oh how wonderful
I love the design and the look of the finish

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 02-02-2008 06:53 PM

Beautiful! This is the kind of furniture I want to fill my house with!

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#6 posted 02-02-2008 06:58 PM

Wow, I can’t find any adjectives to fit this one. Absolutely STUNNING! Tim definitely the work of a Master.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#7 posted 02-02-2008 07:01 PM

Very nice. Someday, I would like to reach this level of craftsmanship :)

As Scott said, please post more pictures. I like the finish too. How do you make your oil/varnish blend?

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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#8 posted 02-02-2008 09:42 PM

Care to give up that oil/varnish blend formula? What are the ratios?

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#9 posted 02-02-2008 10:21 PM

very nice work !

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#10 posted 02-02-2008 10:41 PM

Nice job. Very attractive and good looking finish.


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#11 posted 02-02-2008 11:10 PM

Excellent piece of furniture.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Tim Pursell

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#12 posted 02-02-2008 11:24 PM

First- Thank you for all the kind comments!
I can try to get more photos of the details up—- as soon as figure out these computers.. I’ve got photos spread out on 3 different computers , in way to many files And right now the network is down & only this one computer is linked to the net. Of course this is the one without Photoshop or most of my woodworking pics. I’ve been fighting this network problem for several months. I get it fixed & 2-3 weeks later—- nada—- I mess with it for a week or so, break down & pay a guy to come out & reset”stuff” & it’s good for a few weeks again. I have very little patience for stuff like this.

I use several ratios of oil/varnish, poly/oil, depending on the application. you can start with 50/50 and adjust. The more varnish or poly you use, the faster the film build and the faster the drying time. I don’t care for too much film build up, I think it makes the wood look like it’s dipped in plastic. On the other hand, a table or desk top needs more protection than the legs, or say a lamp that rarely gets handled, so I go stronger on the varnish on wear surfaces than non. The last coat or two can be thinned with terpentine to ensure a nice even finish. You may also have o use a bit of Terp. if it’s really warm in your shop & the piece is large enough to start drying before you are finished. I do not recomend using anything other than gloss finishes. The flatening agents will always soften your finish. I use synthetic steel wool and/or paste wax to tone down the shine to wher I want it to be. Hope that helps.



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#13 posted 02-02-2008 11:40 PM

Great buffet. and a nice finish. Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#14 posted 02-03-2008 01:21 AM

I like this style of furniture,, well done.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#15 posted 02-03-2008 02:22 AM

Outstanding – first piece? – the surest sign of a Lumberjock!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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