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Thorsen Challenge #1: The Wood and Design

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Blog entry by shack posted 03-31-2007 05:21 PM 887 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well after anouncing yesterday I was going to enter this Challenge I figured I better get started.

I went into my shop this morning to decide what wood I should use. I found some popular,cherry and oak. I also had some black walnut logs but not near enough.

So I went to my old barn to see what was there. I had plenty of old timbers and planks from a barn I tore down and saved. I also had some old tounge and groove flooring that came out of that bard.

I took a piece to my planner and ran it thru. I really like what I saw so I planned enough to probly make three tables.

That was the easy part now for the design. I have studied the pics on this site as well as the original. And have come up with a few things to make it my own. Tho I wonder should it look more like the original are the one posted on this site.

I guess I better get started cutting some boards and glueing them up . Lots of work to do. The final design will come to me as I work as it allways does.(I hope)

Good Luck Everyone
John

I posted a pic of boards in the project section

-- JohnShackleford,North Carolina



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#1 posted 03-31-2007 05:24 PM

That’s a true Lumberjock… I’ll cut it to fit the picture in my mind

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#2 posted 03-31-2007 07:10 PM

Well Shack You’ve got all kinds of wood there you could match and mis-match.

-- 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 karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#3 posted 03-31-2007 07:21 PM

Sounds like a great start Shack.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#4 posted 03-31-2007 08:18 PM

just listen to the wood—it will tell you how to build the table

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#5 posted 03-31-2007 10:06 PM

Just start slapping it together, times a wasting!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 04-01-2007 12:06 PM

Hi Shack;
—-well I’m glad to meet another ‘old barn’ woodworker!

Wow, and then I read about the barn you tore down and the timbers and planks you saved,....Ha!—-’barn again timbers and planking’. What type of barn do you have?

I’m sure your table will be a success, as you work the wood and the design comes forth in the process.

GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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#7 posted 04-01-2007 02:09 PM

John,

I had similar thoughts as you. I spent some time carefully examining pictures of the original Thorsen table, and not the David Thiel interpretation, I noticed several differences. I’m much more partial to the original – the proportions seem more appealing to me. And it is a minor difference, but… if you look at the ebony plugs in the legs on the original, you’ll see there is definitely a “flow” from the two plugs in the front to the two plugs on the side of each leg. If you look at David’s table, I don’t quite get that “flow”; they are laid out more like a grouping of two plugs than a grouping of four plugs. Again, it’s just a matter of making sure you have a pleasing layout.

So I think I’ll be studying the original table a little more than the copy, for however little that might matter in the end.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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#8 posted 04-01-2007 06:19 PM

I’m really looking forward to the end results. It doesn’t matter who wins, but this seems to be bringing out the best in all of us. Not so much a competition with each other, but a competition within ourselves… to see the table, and then add a few individual things to it.

I’m blessed to be part of this whole thing.

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#9 posted 04-01-2007 06:42 PM

I had forgotten that there was a competition element to this.
For me, it’s definitely challenging me – my vision, my designing, my skills, my patience, ,,,

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#10 posted 04-01-2007 09:11 PM

Now you see what I was trying to do. Get our creative juices flowing but using the same starting point.

We are beginning to find our own way, and not fee likel we have to be better than someone else. But to be able to create what we envision.

-- 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 karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#11 posted 04-01-2007 10:06 PM

It’s to bad that Popular Woodworking Magazine doesn’t put all of them in as a side article.

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#12 posted 04-02-2007 01:48 AM

Quote Obi: I’m really looking forward to the end results. It doesn’t matter who wins, but this seems to be bringing out the best in all of us. Not so much a competition with each other, but a competition within ourselves… to see the table, and then add a few individual things to it.

I’m blessed to be part of this whole thing.

Obi I could not have said that any better. I checked this site from time to time and the camaraderie here is why I decided to join and enter this challenge.

Thank you all for such a great place.

-- JohnShackleford,North Carolina

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#13 posted 04-02-2007 12:22 PM

i was telling a friend about the people here—I just couldn’t find the words that would do the group justice.
The most amazing, generous, compassionate, supportive, spiritual people you’d ever want to meet.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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