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Project by fredj posted 365 days ago 937 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

AngieO asked me how I could manage to hold on to a piece of wood for 20 years. When you buy wood because of how it looks, not because you have something in mind, that can happen. I bought the ash boards for this bookshelf in 2003 because they were wide, I liked the gain, and ash is one of my favorite woods. Just wanted them to become something other than ‘lease rods’ which likely would have been their fate. “Saved”! So about 4 years a ago They became a bookshelf with a 1/4” ash plywood back. I kept the short, but wide cut offs, which last month became a footstool for my 3 year old grand daughter who spends most of her time at my house. Both shelf and stool have bloodwood plugs. The legs and the shelves are in dados. The stretcher on the stool is butt jointed to the top and screwed, the ends of it are pocket screwed to the legs Finish on both is poly over Watco Oil.

Now my grad daughter can stand at the sink and splash water all over the damn place like some watery fiend, hell bent on turning my house into a water park !

-- Fredj





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GerardoArg1

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#1 posted 365 days ago

Really nice! Excelent comment about your grand daughter. Congratulations…for the work and the family!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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Sanding2day

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#2 posted 365 days ago

Score on the wood use and enabling the grand daughter to fulfill her watery fiend requirements :P Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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CowanNavy

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#3 posted 364 days ago

best description of a kid at a sink I have ever heard… Oh and I like the project too and I appreciate the validation of us “wood hoarders”. I do the same thing when I go to the lumber yards

-- ET1 (SS) Cowan, Bremerton, WA - (I'll come up with a witty quote later)

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DocSavage45

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#4 posted 364 days ago

Probably you should get in the swim too grandpa! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Dusty56

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#5 posted 364 days ago

Ash is also one of my favorites , and being a wood hoarder is just part of the game we play. 20 years ain’t nothin’ LOL
Keep up the nice work !

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

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WoodenFrog

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#6 posted 364 days ago

Very nice!!
Keep up the great work!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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Paula Perry

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#7 posted 364 days ago

i really like theses! great use of pretty wood:}

-- Florida50

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AngieO

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#8 posted 364 days ago

LOL! Love them. I look forward to the day when I can look back and say “I got this 20 years ago because I liked the way it looked. And fredj said it was ok to hang on to it so I did. Now it’s a beautiful….. __” You fill in the blank :)

I recently had the chance to work with some ash. I was given about 4-5 boards that were 10” wide and 8’ long. Someone had mistreated it and left it outside. I had no idea it was ash. After cleaning it up I realized I had some pretty looking boards. I enjoyed working with it and loved the look. I cant wait to finish the project. 1/4” ash plywood? That’s what I need for my project. Where did you get that?

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fredj

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#9 posted 363 days ago

“I got this 20 years ago because I liked the way it looked. And fredj said it was ok to hang on to it so I did. Now it’s a beautiful work of art” Thank you for a great complement.

The bad side of ash is that it does not hold up well left outside, but it is by far the best wood for canoe gunnels. Got my 1/4 ” ash ply from Horizon Forest Products in Greenville, SC. But you aren’t in SC. You might want to look for a wholesaler in your area to find things the big box stores don’t carry. Most wholesalers will ask you the name of your business and then set up an account before they will sell to you. Hope this helps.

-- Fredj

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Buckethead

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#10 posted 363 days ago

I like that you put the legs near the edge. So many stools are built with the top extending 2 or 3 inches beyond the feet. Yours prevents tipping when young toes wander toward the edges. Well done!

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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fredj

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#11 posted 363 days ago

Thanks Bucket, that was the plan. The legs are exactly as wide as the top and extend about 1/4 ” past the ends.

-- Fredj

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TimWood

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#12 posted 363 days ago

This is a dangerous statement but….....there’s almost no such thing as scrap. I save wood – especially things like padauk and purple heart down to very minor pieces because I continually need a small piece of wood for something and these woods will at least make a good accent piece. It’s dangerous because you can easily accumulate a lot, very quickly. A few weeks ago, my HVAC man found me a package unit (after 2 years!) that was used; but still in good shape to install in my shop (get this….3 ton unit for a detached 2 car garage!! Yea baby!!). During the installation, he needed a piece of wire – 10/2 W/ground, about 24”. I had it because like the wood, I keep shorter pieces of wire for situations like that.
An 8’ board becomes something….the 2 foot left over becomes something…..the 6 Inch piece will become something else….all in due time.

-- Tim Harrelson

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Fishinbo

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#13 posted 361 days ago

Beautiful projects! The ash looks great and the plugs are nice accents. Great design and finish.

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