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Project by OldWrangler posted 04-07-2014 10:16 PM 1206 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I share a rickity small table between our TV chairs. Some place to set drinks, eat dinner, keep magazines and all the little stuff you don’t want to get up and go get. She had wanted me to build a table for there but when the Parkinson’s really took hold, I couldn’t even make small stuff in the shop.
Gradually with meds and getting more active I have gotten back in the shop and making little stuff like cutting boards, jewelry boxes, canes, small shelves, etc. Can’t hardly handle anything heavy or awkward, the strength is just not there.
For a while I have wanted to do something out of Beetle Kill Pine and a nice fellow up north sent me a bundle for the cost of shipping. A lot was scraps, cut offs and bark edged but it was enough to get started. So back to the table Mama wanted. I drew up a design using the BK Pine and set to work. Six weeks later we are about to move the table in the house. Table top is 28” x 30” and it is 26” tall with a drawer. Top and drawer face are BK Pine and the rest is good old Home Depot Poplar stained “Golden Pecan”. Drawer pull is my “signature” antler knob that I use on about every project. Grandson keeps me in antlers with usually 5 buck a year
This table is just about as big a project as I can handle however the left over BK Pine will be door panels on a towel cabinet for the bath, now in progress. It is so awkward and heavy I am having to build it on a garden wagon so it can be moved around. It is nearing completion and will require a grandson to help put it on the wall. I’ll post pics of it when it gets hung.
Last 2 pics are of an experimental wood hinge I have been trying to make. This is a practice one but it works. Wood is scrap Lacewood (3/8”) and pivot pin is a 3/32” brass rod. I finally made a finger joint jig that makes uniform joints that fit tight and it works great for the hinges. These will go on future boxes in place of the crappy brass hobby hinges.
So I just came in to get a cold Sam Adams and after a nap, I’ll head back to the shop for the afternoon. I am so glad my Parkinson’s is letting up a bit so I can get back to woodworking again. It is as good therapy as I can handle and with the meds. I’m getting some of my life back.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!





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ralbuck

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#1 posted 04-07-2014 10:50 PM

Nice!

-- just rjR

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Pie

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#2 posted 04-07-2014 11:10 PM

Ok stupid question, Is that the natural color of the wood?

-- Pie

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OldWrangler

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#3 posted 04-08-2014 01:00 AM

Pie, The wood varies from board to board. Some are very plain and others are a slate/blue. Varnish or natural stain make the colors pop and the blues get more blue. I was told that the longer the Pine has been dead, the bluer the wood. The knots have an orangey gold color that become more pronounced when varnished. And they are giving this stuff away because there is so much and about all it is used for is flooring. It works easy, takes glue well, doesn’t wear your tools, nails, screws well but soaks up the finish. I really enjoyed working with it and 6 weeks ago I had never heard of it. The Pines affected are mostly LodgePole and Ponderosa.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#4 posted 04-08-2014 01:12 AM

That’s a nice looking table, OldWrangler. The more I see of the beetle kill pine, the more I like it. I would love to find a source for it here in San Diego, but, unfortunately, it might be hard to find around here.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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OldWrangler

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#5 posted 04-08-2014 02:48 AM

The BK is a joy to work with especially after my tools have been chewing on Mesquite, Bois D’Arc, Maple and Walnut with projects all winter. I have found suppliers in S. Dakota, Montana and Colorado. Nothing close to either of us. Shipping has been running about $1 per Lb. Wood weighs about a Lb. per BF but the wood is very cheap. Check beetlekill.com and see if they have a distributor in your area.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#6 posted 04-08-2014 03:29 AM

Unique. Very nice.

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

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DMC1903

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#7 posted 04-08-2014 03:36 AM

Nice, there are thousands of acres of pine beetle kill in our area. I may have to build something with this blue wood.

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#8 posted 04-08-2014 03:54 AM

Thanks, OldWrangler. I’ll check it out.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#9 posted 04-08-2014 01:43 PM

Confucius says: “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” Nice work! Be happy you have to ship the BK Pine in – it has affected 44 million acres here in British Columbia.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#10 posted 04-08-2014 09:06 PM

very inspiring! I love the look of the BK pine. Is that an actual species of pine? or is it just referred to since thats how they come down?

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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