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Bamboo and Pine (not a box)

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Project by gfadvm posted 02-23-2013 01:04 AM 1982 views 10 times favorited 46 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was fascinated by a “caseless” chest posted recently so decided to give it a try. Made the frame from some 1×7 shiplap barn siding my neighbor had stored outside for several years (really warped, twisted, and weathered). I was satisfied with the frame so made drawers from the same material. And then decided to use some of my bamboo stash to finish them. The all wooden drawer slides were a first for me as well. Dimensions:22” wide x 18” deep x 27” tall. The drawers are faced with resawn bamboo. Finished with shellac (may poly the top later). Not too sure whether I like it but my 5 year old granddaughter loved it so it will go in her room in their new house. Please give me your HONEST opinion as to the design.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 02-23-2013 01:08 AM

Take it to top 3 now! That’s just to cool. Wooden drawer slides?

Love the bamboo.

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

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#2 posted 02-23-2013 01:15 AM

i’m a believer in the K.I.S.S. theory

and you sure did simple

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 02-23-2013 01:19 AM

Really? This is seriously cool. Ive seen one kinda like it on here somewhere but it was much larger. Now this makes me kick myself everytime I drive by a barn falling in on itself and I don’t stop. Wonder what Walnut inspires lol.

-- mike c

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#4 posted 02-23-2013 01:26 AM

your rockin in Oklahoma…very nice this was inspired by Benji’s work of art , i was inspired by it also, and might do my own rendition of it this year..i don’t have the fancy bamboo but ill come up with something, great job here Andy…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 02-23-2013 01:28 AM

Andy…that is absolutely awesome…! The side frame is very unique and different in a very good way. I also like the wood drawer slides.Your granddaughter is a very fortunate little lady to have such a great piece that you made for her…
The Bamboo is really nice. One of these days I will buy some and make some boxes.

I have a number of drawers in my shop that I used wood drawer slides on and they work great and make me feel good that i did not use metal drawer rollers.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#6 posted 02-23-2013 01:28 AM

Andy
This is my honest opinion. I like thinking outside the box whenever I can. Your “bamboo and Pine (not a box)” build fits the bill for me! I find things that are out of the ordinary to be more interesting to look at. Your work keeps me looking and studding how it was put together. It’s hard to do a (once over) and then just say nice job! This is much more than somthing Cool it’s thoughtful design also. I like it! And your granddaughter is a lucky gal!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#7 posted 02-23-2013 01:35 AM

Andy – I love it….unique and it’s now your own…your granddaughters granddaughter will be telling the story…....

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 02-23-2013 01:35 AM

That really forces you to make perfect drawers as well. No hiding any part of it.

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

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#9 posted 02-23-2013 01:40 AM

I like that a lot. It’s a true one-of-a-kind piece.

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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#10 posted 02-23-2013 01:49 AM

I liked it when you made the jewelry box with the same bamboo. I like it even more now that you made it into a chest! Reeeeeeally nice, Andy!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#11 posted 02-23-2013 02:16 AM

i like it andy and the only thing i would do is go for more finer lines, no big radius edges just hand broken edges, and 1/8th reveals between drawers and the grain running thru top to bottom always pointing the cathedrals up.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#12 posted 02-23-2013 02:31 AM

Great job, I believe you are talking about Benji Reyes from the Philippines. You did justice to his work and inspiration.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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#13 posted 02-23-2013 02:34 AM

Wow! Your branching out! And thinking outside the box!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 02-23-2013 02:52 AM

I really dig this Andy, minimalist with real style. Great spacing and random grain mixing, the colours are very good too.
If anything I would make the visible “feet” a little thicker. They seem a bit dainty from the front given the volume above.
gene

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

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#15 posted 02-23-2013 03:10 AM

Thanks for all the kind words my friends!

Blaine, I softened these edges this much since it’s going in a five year old’s room and I thought it would be safer. I was unable to match the grain on the drawer fronts as they were all resawed from small scraps. “Poor folks have poor ways.”

Gene, You found the thing I like the least about it! I wish I had made the base from stock twice this thick. Good eye!

This was inspired by Benji’s piece but shouldn’t even be mentioned on the same page as his masterpiece. I really did this as a prototype to see if I want to do one with some nice wood.

No one mentioned the lack of drawer pulls. I decided to forego them as I liked the smooth, unbroken look down the front. Agree/disagree?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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