|Project by RockyBlue||posted 08-24-2011 03:31 AM||9809 views||21 times favorited||27 comments|
I have been waiting 10 years to do this project. When we first got married we used to pine over a set like this ( pun intended). But I decided I would rather have 5 trucks to play with, anyway I finally got it done.
All soild pine constuction with pocket hole joinery. The doors are raised panel to match my 2 bookcases and done on my table saw. The drawers have full ( and a little more) extention ball bearing slides. I used cedar chip board for the drawer bottoms. The T&G I got from fellow LJ Mountain Heart Woodworks. The overall width is 11ft x 7ft tall.
Simple 2×4 construction with sliding doors and plenty of extra storage. The bottom is lined with slick hardboard for easy use.
This was a huge chore to get these logs. I noticed driving to work along a creek that the beavers were tackling some very large cottonwoods. Luckily there was a walking trails along the creek, but no vehicles allowed. So I loaded my packframe with all the hand saws I had and headed out. Turns out wet cottonwood is hard on the saws, kerf kept closing up from the moisture. So I finally gave up and came back later with a battery recip saw. The trees were freshly felled and needed to be cut into 35” lengths to be packed out one at a time. Fortunately the trees were on the ground, Colorado has strict laws against taking sticks from a beaver dam or lodge. I also made a few extra trips for smaller sticks floating down the creek. I then split them all in half and let them dry for 9 months. I did very little cleanup, just got the fuzzies off. The teeth marks can be seen where they stripped the bark off. The posts are 4×4 with turned tops.
The center carving measures 4ft long by 2 ft tall and 2” thick. It is held by beaver chewed sticks. There is a small beaver in the corner to tie-in with the footboard and the sticks. This was done by a workmate on his CNC router, a ShopBot. We combined several images from Vector Art 3D. It took over 10 hours machine time.
I also added 3 halogen lights behind the carving wired to a dimmer switch. I wanted some mood lighting without it shining in our eyes.
-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother. www.coloradobeetlekillfurniture.com