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Project by Terry Ferguson posted 10-14-2012 12:45 AM 2217 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The other day a good friend stopped by and purchased Thirty-Two, a wall cabinet (see my projects). I was delighted that she did, but that meant I needed to build another cabinet to store CD”s and DVD’s. From a pile of reclaimed lumber AKA pallet boards, Thirty-Three grew – visually influenced by its predecessor’s false drawer fronts as a door. I’m always amazed at the variety of interesting woods found in pallets, er reclaimed shipping platforms and I save the best for projects, not knowing when they will come into good use. Since the boards are quite visually demanding, it made sense to keep the overall design simple with no added colors and shapes (compared to Thirty-Two).

Species: Pine, Red Oak, Cherry, several types of Maple, plus unidentified woods.
Size: 14” wide, 34” high, 8 3/4” deep.
Finish: Natural Danish Oil plus WB Polyurethane.
Inside the door, done in 1/8” thick walnut, is Thirty-Three’s numerical identity.

No sandpaper was harmed (or even used) during construction – all surfaces are scraped and filed.
It is, however, necessary to sacrifice several sets of planer and jointer knives to the wood Gods and perform a lot of flat and edge laminating.

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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#1 posted 10-14-2012 12:48 AM

Interesting name interesting piece

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 10-14-2012 12:55 AM

awesome how ya made use of the grain patterns instead of painting it. cool cool cool

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#3 posted 10-14-2012 01:02 AM

where do you get your pallets from? that’s a good idea to use those, especially if you can get ‘em free.

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#4 posted 10-14-2012 01:08 AM

Creative idea. I like it.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 10-14-2012 01:45 AM

It’s too bad we’re not like birds and other animals with eyes on opposite sides of our heads, only to see at once the book match of your cabinet sides. I’m glad you included a closeup of that cherry? board (pic 5) as it certainly steals the show. A nice pastiche this is and good grounding for 34.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#6 posted 10-14-2012 03:33 AM

very nice cabinet.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#7 posted 10-14-2012 04:13 AM

yes, the woods sure are visually demanding… counterpoints the inside perfectly. Beautiful inside and out. As a graphic designer, I love the typography inside.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#8 posted 10-14-2012 04:29 PM

wow, you certainly have an amazing source for pallets! Beautiful work!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#9 posted 10-14-2012 06:03 PM

Very nice!

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#10 posted 10-14-2012 11:45 PM

Good old amazing pallet wood…that’s were I used to get a lot of my wood as well : )

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

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