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Project by thiggy posted 01-08-2014 04:49 PM 745 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Uncle Delwin who lived 1896 – 1946 was a skilled woodworker. He was the woodshop teacher at Meridian Ms. High School. He made several pieces of furniture which reside in our old pre-civil war farm house in rural Ms. One was the above footstool. This summer a cousin asked if I would make her a copy of the original. I used pecan wood which came from our pecan orchard that we lost to Hurricane Katrina in July, 2005. At the time of the storm, my wife couldn’t bear the thought of just buldozing and burning all those big old trees that my Grandmother planted shortly after her marriage. My wife “encouraged” me to go to the AgExpo in Moultrie Ga. that fall and purchase a portable Baker bandsaw mill. I now have a barn full of pecan lumber (and a smaller amount of cedar) which should last longer than I will. The provenance of the lumber made my copy especially meaningful to my cousin. As you see from the last photo, I also refinished and recovered the original footstool.

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#1 posted 01-08-2014 05:30 PM

I can really appreciate a meaningful restoration like this. I did something similar for my grandfather. The reproduction looks great! Well done. Thanks for sharing

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#2 posted 01-08-2014 08:45 PM

Great story and nice work.

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#3 posted 01-09-2014 01:56 AM

Very vice work, both stools are beautiful.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 01-10-2014 01:49 AM

Very nicely done. Its always nicer when the tree from which the wood comes has a special meaning. I have some maple boards I sawed up from where my kitchen now stands that I’m saving for the right project.

-- If it ain't broke, you're not trying. - Red Green

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#5 posted 01-13-2014 05:12 PM

Great looking stools, like the design and pecan. I’m sure they will last for another hundred years. Great job!

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#6 posted 01-13-2014 05:53 PM

Thanks for all your gracious comments.

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#7 posted 01-14-2014 04:48 AM

Well done, Big Brother!

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