|Project by Scsmith42||posted 07-16-2012 01:44 AM||2280 views||3 times favorited||10 comments|
A year or so ago we milled up a good sized water oak log (red oak family) that had a lot of defects (limbs, knots, powderpost beetle holes, etc.) in the log. Most of the resulting boards were #2 common, with a few #1’s thrown in.
Because most customers prefer FAS or select boards, when the lumber came out of the kiln I marked it as “shop wood” and set it aside for my own use.
Fast forward to last month when a customer approached me about a trade. If I would supply the lumber, he would make two identical pieces of furniture – one for him to sell and one for me to keep. He suggested a pie safe, and I agreed with the stipulation that we add some additional depth to it and design it so that it could be used to house computer equipment and servers. We incorporated some muffin fans for heat removal into the design, along with fresh-air inlet vents at the bottom on the back.
I told him about my “shop wood” stash, and together we went through the pile and selected boards that had enough usable lumber between defects to be suitable for the project. Being a “wide quartersawn board” type of guy, the only glue-up on the exterior wood is on the top where we joined two wide boards together. The side panels are made from a bookmatched panels that came from a single board.
I took care of all of the surfacing, ripping, resawing, etc, and also mixed up a dye combination that I liked. He did the final dimensioning, finishing, assembly, etc.
This is a surprise gift for my wife for our anniversary. She is going to be out of town for a few days; my plan is to move all of the computer equipment that is currently spread around her office into it and surprise her upon her return.
Here is the finished product. I think that his craftsmanship really turned out well.
Sometimes I am surprised about how quartersawn red oak (as well as boards with defects) get a bad rap. Being fortunate enough to run a sawmill, I have seen a lot of very pretty lumber, and QSRO ranks right up there with QSWO in terms of ray fleck, ect.
-- Scott, North Carolina, www.quartersawnoak.com