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Louis XV country console in reclaimed wormy red elm

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Project by OBD posted 12-20-2011 09:26 PM 1203 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This desk is made of reclaimed wormy red elm, from a 100+ yr old old barn. Old barns sometimes have good wood, but this one has this great wormy elm, which works fairly well, and is just amazing once finished. The style of the desk is after a French antique I saw a number of years ago.

-- Daryl www.nickelfurniture.com





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Bertha

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#1 posted 12-20-2011 09:41 PM

Absolutely love it. That wood is incredible. Did the breadboard shrink on you already? I’ve got a stash of wormy chestnut that I’m trying to manage;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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OBD

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#2 posted 12-20-2011 10:38 PM

Thanks Al, No shrinking yet, although I’m keenly aware of the issues with breadboard ends…..........wood this old is relatively stable, but will shrink some amount as it further dries/cures. At about 10%, I felt comfortable using it without kiln drying….....I’ve done the same with air-dried walnut, and had fairly good results. There are, of course, no things that are absolutely certain with wood.

By the way, it’s for sale….......

-- Daryl www.nickelfurniture.com

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#3 posted 12-20-2011 10:45 PM

For sale you say? I might have to show it to my fiance;) That way, I won’t have to build one, lol. Yeah, my chestnut is right around 11% but it’s all in 8/4. I’m planning to resaw it to 4/4 and see what it does from there. Like yours, it seems to be very stable, so I’m not expecting much change. I’m just trying to thing of a project that deserves wormy chestnut. You’ve got me thinking….

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 12-21-2011 01:38 AM

Great looking wood, outstanding project.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 12-21-2011 02:53 AM

Very nice console with amazing wood.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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