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#1 posted 04-12-2010 04:40 PM

Robert Lang has an entire series of measured drawing of several pieces in the Stickley catalog, and Greene & Greene pieces, which are awesome. I got the whole set at the Gamble House.

I’ve been able to find 4/4 QSWO for under $6/bdft in CA. I also recently discovered 1/2” QSWO that is left over from having veneer sliced off it for under $3/bdft. Walnut and mahogany are pretty expensive too, but make great accent pieces to contrast with the QSWO. I’ve made some scores on CraigsList. Also, people getting rid of oak flooring during a remodel is a good source of lumber. I made a vanity out of oak salvaged from old shipping pallets.

Red oak doesn’t have the tannins in it that white oak does, which is why it fumes differently. My tabouret tables and cook book shelf were made out of big-box store red oak and turned a sickly green when I fumed them. I actually may refinish them. I’ve been able to fake fumed oak with aniline dye, shellac, and gel stain. The ammonia I used was originally 29%, but it weakened over a few years in the jug.

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