"Diamond in the Rough"

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Project by Cedarman posted 05-15-2012 04:04 PM 3480 views 13 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Who would think a log this gray and ugly could yield such beauty inside, but its there.

-- Adam, Ridgeway,Va

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#1 posted 05-15-2012 05:23 PM

That is fantastic. You do great work, and thank you for giving me an idea for a dining chair design. I was trying to find some kind of design that I might be able to build that did not involve carving a seat.
Do you know what kind of wood that is?

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#2 posted 05-15-2012 05:45 PM

Carving a seat is time consuming, but its easy and the end result is spectacular. Not saying my slat chairs are bad, but carving is very easy with the holey galahad and a random orbit sander. Look at my other project, carved seats are well worth the time and investment in tools. Eastern red cedar is the wood. Log is seasoned roughly 6 months for wormy figure in the live edges.

-- Adam, Ridgeway,Va

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#3 posted 05-15-2012 06:52 PM

Beautiful wood. I love the table too.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#4 posted 05-15-2012 07:29 PM

Very little sapwood in that cedar. A nice find!

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#5 posted 05-15-2012 08:27 PM

Beautiful. I like how you used the sapwood on the table to look like banding or trim.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#6 posted 05-15-2012 09:22 PM

I like it

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#7 posted 05-15-2012 10:29 PM

purr D nice work nice wood

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 05-15-2012 11:18 PM

Love cedar, love your work. Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 05-15-2012 11:46 PM

Excellent job & welcome to LJ’s

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#10 posted 05-16-2012 02:15 AM

You did a great job on this. That table and chairs set is beautiful. That “old” cedar log did ya good! Fantastic work.

Like the mill too!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#11 posted 05-16-2012 11:26 AM

Another nice job Cederman.

-- - Martin

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#12 posted 05-16-2012 12:03 PM

Very nice Cedarman I really like the set, i am a fan of cedar too. your work looks great , Very good build .

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#13 posted 05-16-2012 03:01 PM

Now THAT is a gorgeous use of Cedar! Sure beats Rabbit cages!

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#14 posted 05-16-2012 03:23 PM

What a beautiful set of table and chairs. Congratulations on a job well done.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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