How I made the credenza Salon des Refuses

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Project by nosferatus1966 posted 05-24-2012 05:54 PM 3019 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The joists were + 100 years old, and it was keep under a shed outdoors.
When I took the lumber to the shop, the amount of humidity on it wasn’t the ideal for my project.
I keep it indoors, and meanwhile it required a lot of TLC cleaning and removing nails !!!
After a couple of days, I started ripping the joists, I got quarter sawn boards with a nice tight grain.
I glued the board using biscuit joinery, I hand cut through dovetails to fabricate the carcass.
The doors are a mortise and tenon structure, with four floating panels to allow seasonal wood movement.
I cut the panels on 45 deg. to create the “deep” effect.(Originally I wanted to make end grain panels, but the wood was not right to achieve that)
The steel base 1/2’’ sq. creates the effect “lighter than air”, the credenza seems like it is floating.
The steel was grinded, and it has a clear topcoat, it will tarnish with age.
I hope you guys enjoy it

-- Richard, NY,

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#1 posted 05-24-2012 06:41 PM

I love the idea of making something beautiful out of wood that in the begining looked ugly. Most non-woodworking people would have turned up their nose at the pile of wood you started with. You did a great job of turning a sow’s ear into a silk purse.
I too have used wood that looked like it should have been thrown away and turned it into a nice piece of furniture.

Great job.

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

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#2 posted 05-24-2012 10:23 PM

its amazing what you can find under neat all that dirt and grime beautiful piece of work


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#3 posted 05-24-2012 11:43 PM

There is something about working with old wood and seeing it come to life before your very eyes. You just can’t find material like that new these days. I almost only work with reclaimed wood myself, with the exception of my workbench/tablesaw extension which is temporary until I find just the right, old, wood. I’m thinking bowling lanes for my tops.

Anyway, keep up the good work with the reclaimed material. It’s tough getting to the core of it and making it work. Lots of nails, milling and resawing involved, but someone has to save the good stuff from the landfill. But old growth lumber with a story to tell? That’s just priceless.

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#4 posted 05-25-2012 01:17 PM

IF you didn’t pay for all that reclaimed wood, got it fer free, you suck. ;) What a find!

Seriously, how wonderfull is THAT??

There is this stack of lumber that has been sitting in this yard I drive by FOREVER. It’s like a yard out of “American Pickers” (just an aside, I always die a little inside when they say “oh, it’s just lumber…”). One of these days I am going to work up the nerve to knock on that door! That lumber needs to be SAVED. By ME!

BTW, Awesome credenza!

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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#5 posted 05-25-2012 02:57 PM

Nice job. There is something special about making something from old wood.

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#6 posted 05-25-2012 03:08 PM

Very nicely done, Richard. Great looking piece.

A wink and a smile from Mother Nature for repurposing that stack of lumber. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#7 posted 05-25-2012 04:46 PM

Excellent results from that ancient pile of lumber : )
I recently found some old weathered Oak , and after cleaning and milling was done , it turned out to be QSWO !
Made my day : )
Keep up the great work .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 05-25-2012 05:33 PM

So many free wood.You lucky bus…

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 05-25-2012 10:33 PM

I applaud your use of reclaimed timber. Not only is it smart woodworking, it is a beautiful medium to work with. As you know old growth timber is a true treasure. Well done!!

Very Respectfully,


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#10 posted 05-26-2012 02:33 PM

Your vision is good. Most people would never see that.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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