2x4 project #1: a late start

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Blog entry by scottb posted 01-22-2008 11:49 PM 1449 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of 2x4 project series Part 2: second verse, same as the first »

The story so far…

I had this idea for the 2×4 project… actually I had 2 ideas, one (living in an OLD house), was to use a true 2×4 salvaged from an earlier home reno project and get to use better looking, straighter, and certainly drier lumber. (not to mention a larger piece…) but alas, I decided that wasn’t in the spirit of the challenge, whether or not I had the piece I’d need without having to knock down a wall to get it.

the second (taking a tip from Zuki’s playbook and not sharing it just yet) is to do something well outside the box. I’m actually remaking a project I did several years back for my MIL, though that was in my pre-woodworking days and I had to resort to pre-milled craft lumber at the Big Box, or Hobby store. Obviously this time I’m using a 2×4.

Despite having sketched out my project back before the contest was announced, I finally made my first cuts this afternoon. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh?

Turns out I didn’t have a whole 2×4 (not one without a 1/4 twist in it) BUT on the fly, i figured I could make do with half of one. I did have a fairly straight one of those… a little battered on the outside, and not terribly knotty.

First step, sand the outside (after cutting it down into two 2 foot pieces). Then I ripped them in to 1/4 inch strips and sanded again. I was going to rip them into 1/4×3 1/2 strips, but saw that if I ripped them on the short dimension they’d all be either quartersawn or rift sawn (stronger, more stable and look way better!)

Here’s where my progress ended before dinner:

There it is, just under 1/2 a 2×4. probably less than 2/5 if you deduct for waste and sawdust – the basement atmospere is thick with sawdust!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#1 posted 01-22-2008 11:53 PM

Hmmm! What’s it going to be?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-23-2008 12:01 AM

I’m spending far too much time glued to this screen trying to sort out all these puzzles!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#3 posted 01-23-2008 12:04 AM

Looking forward to progress on this one.

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#4 posted 01-23-2008 12:39 AM

A woven hamster cage. It has to be!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 01-23-2008 01:04 AM

lol mot.

I ran into the same thing Scott . . . I initially calculated using 1 2×4 for Project X, but when I started cutting I realized I could make 2.

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#6 posted 01-23-2008 01:23 AM

Hmm, made for MIL and I’m his BIL, you’d think I would have a clue….sorry chaps not ringing any bells..

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#7 posted 01-23-2008 02:12 AM

ok how about another clue lol

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#8 posted 01-23-2008 02:33 AM

Who need reality shows. This contest has them all beat.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 01-23-2008 02:52 AM

another clue?.... will be based on a shaker one I saw in the Berkshires ;)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#10 posted 01-23-2008 04:53 AM

Go! Go! GO! (Someone wrote me that once and it helped).

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#11 posted 01-23-2008 05:18 AM

Is it pepper or salt: Shaker that is. Oh yah you can make 2 so it is a matched set.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 01-23-2008 03:42 PM

oooooooooooooooooooooh the Berkshires!!!! ah HAH!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 01-23-2008 03:53 PM

I am sure that I would like to have one.

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