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Project by HaxNaybr posted 09-05-2011 02:50 AM 1923 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was built primarily as a changing table for my brother-in-law and his wife. It’s mostly black walnut with some tinted sweetgum (I ran out of walnut). The corner pieces are rhododendron and the pulls are Lilac. The rhododendron has almost the same qualities and color as holly except not quite as dense. The lilac is very dense and has some really nice purple streaks running through it. So far it seems to be pretty stable. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 09-05-2011 11:20 AM

Very nicely done. The walnut grain stands out beautifully. Where did you get the rhododendron and the Lilac wood? I have 50 year old bushes in the yard, but I never imagined using the wood

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#2 posted 09-05-2011 03:22 PM

Very nice work!

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

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#3 posted 09-05-2011 06:38 PM

Thank you :) Yeah, I went through almost the entire stack of walnut looking for just the right pieces. The Rhody and Lilac came from a couple of old bushes I pruned last year in my front yard. As I was hacking away at the lilac I noticed the heartwood was purple. So I shaved about a half inch (deep) along the length of the stalk and, lo ‘n behold, there it was. This gorgeous purple streak that went from one end to the other. So I let a couple of big pieces (about 2.5” dia) cure blonde for about a year to get most of the moisture out of it then, just before I started working with it, I cut it into “ingots” with an old bow saw (I don’t have a bandsaw…yet). Then I used my table saw to cut small, square planks from which I cut the pulls. All in all, I’m pretty happy with the way it came out. The Rhododendron did split a little bit, but I filled it with a sliver of lilac and glued it in with some cyanoacrylate glue (krazy glue). I’m thinking I might let the lilac grow out a little to see if I can get some more wood out of it…lol. Thanks for looking, guys.

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