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Knockonit

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12-21-2017 03:29 AM

Well the boss around here set forth an edict that i make three of the grand daughters a blanket/hope chest.

I”m a fan of the G & G models, arts and craft are just special in my thoughts.

So, as with girls they just all can’t have the same cabinet, I’m gonna have to make them out of different wood.

So share your nay or yah on my possible selection. I have no problem with the skil to make these, i had a custom cabinet shop back in the 80’s, and really enjoyed making projects. I was probably one of the first guys in phoenix to use mesquite for furniture, well refined type furniture.

Mahogany for one, walnut for another, and wood workers source has a country maple that has some nice dark graining to it, i would of coarse consider adding some color to the maple a tad to sassy it up.

Thoughts, pros cons, is the first of year projects along with my learning to use my lathe.

thanks before hand
Rj in Az


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Kirk650

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#1 posted 12-21-2017 03:04 PM

A while back, I decided to make a large blanket chest for a family member. I had never worked in Maple, so I decided to try it. All was great till I went to darken it with water based dye. It blotched terribly. Thanks to Charles Neal, I finally whipped the blotching, but next blanket chest will not be Maple. Why not use Cherry instead?

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Knockonit

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#2 posted 12-21-2017 03:08 PM

Yep, thinking cherry might be the direction to go, i see that maple dying and finishing is an art form that i have not the skill for at this time.
so, thinking the third will be cherry, now to find some really nice cherry locally

thanks
Rj in az

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#3 posted 12-21-2017 04:10 PM

Since you have experience with mesquite, why not go with that? It mills beautifully and its natural beauty only requires oil or shellac to finish it.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 12-21-2017 10:35 PM

You did not indicate what part of the country you are in so some choices may not be available to you.
I’m not a fan of Mahogany because the open grain and it is so boring but it does make a nice sturdy chest.
I have made similar toy/blanket chests for the grand children out of Cherry, Walnut, Oregon Myrtle (Calif. Bay Laurel)...beautiful, White Oak, Hickory, Cedar (a bit soft), and Maple. I agree I would not try to stain maple but look for some that already had color in it as you mentioned. Douglas fir is another choice if you can find some quarter sawn with tight grain. And Redwood is pretty but like Cedar kind of soft.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Knockonit

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#5 posted 12-22-2017 01:46 AM

Les B,
thanks for info, and yes, as for location am in Phx. Arizona, and we are limited on sizable lumber.

I did spend time at the wood store today a wholesaler and picked up about 50 bf of @1 common walnut, and some absolutely beautiful cherry. about same bf in the cherry, it has an awesome grain with multiple colors abound.

so, i believe the mahogany is out, as i have about 30 bf, but am sure the chest will take a might more and well they have nothing to match the ribbon that is in the ones i have. so i’ll save that for something else.

So i think what i might do is build two out of cherry, two of the grand daughters are sisters, so, one will get a walnut one, and one a cherry with the other gd, getting a cherry one, or walnut, lol. depends on how it goes.

I found some great walnut, nice visible knots, with incredible grain, once i get underway, i’ll have my daughter show me how to add pics,
i’m a computer old fuddy duddy, and don’t like them, but alas, they are here to stay.

thanks to all for the information, and ideas.
if only we could get a better selection of American hardwoods here in Az. ,

Merry Christmas to those that enjoy it
Rj in az.

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#6 posted 12-22-2017 04:47 AM


if only we could get a better selection of American hardwoods here in Az. ,

Merry Christmas to those that enjoy it
- Knockonit

In Tucson and Phoenix, Woodworker’s Source has a huge selection of domestic and exotic hardwoods. I shop at the Tucson store, but my guess is the two Phoenix locations have as much or more to choose from. Sign up for their Rosewood club to save 10% every day on lumber and supplies, and get on their mailing list. They run sales several times a year at 25 to 30% off on exotics, and there are various domestic woods on sale every month.

Merry Christmas to you, too.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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Knockonit

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#7 posted 12-22-2017 01:47 PM

Rich, I have and am a member of the rosewood club, still they have all the exotics, but not much in the way of American hardwoods, that come from back east, and nowest.
I stop in at least once a week at the no phx store to check stock, hoping to find that “special” wood for a future project.
Just a matter of time before something shows up,
i do have a friend in Indiana who is bringing me out a gaggle of planks in the spring, he says i’ll be pleasantly surprised.

merry christmas to those that subscribe.
Rj in Az.

if only we could get a better selection of American hardwoods here in Az. ,

Merry Christmas to those that enjoy it
- Knockonit

In Tucson and Phoenix, Woodworker s Source has a huge selection of domestic and exotic hardwoods. I shop at the Tucson store, but my guess is the two Phoenix locations have as much or more to choose from. Sign up for their Rosewood club to save 10% every day on lumber and supplies, and get on their mailing list. They run sales several times a year at 25 to 30% off on exotics, and there are various domestic woods on sale every month.

Merry Christmas to you, too.

- Rich


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cracknpop

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#8 posted 12-23-2017 02:19 AM

Ask your friend in Indiana to bring you some quarter-sawn sycamore. It it very easy to work with and pairs nicely with walnut. The price is right too.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/66724

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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Knockonit

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#9 posted 12-23-2017 02:31 AM

funny u mention the sycamore, at the northwest wood joint, i did pick up a couple pieces of sycamore, not sure if its qtr sawn or not.

as for the hoosier connection, hopefully he is putting together an ensemble that i will enjoy. He lives along the wabash river, in mid state indiana, hoping for some great goods. only time will tell

happy friday
rj in az.

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#10 posted 12-23-2017 12:41 PM



He lives along the wabash river, in mid state indiana, hoping for some great goods. only time will tell

happy friday
rj in az.

- Knockonit


Your friend and I must live fairly close together… I live in Vincennes, IN, which is on the Wabash river in the Southern part of the state.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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Knockonit

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#11 posted 12-23-2017 01:00 PM

Small world indeed.
My mom is from Terre Haute, she moved back there in the early 80’s after pop passed, she didn’t care to be on the ranch alone.
Sister lived in vincennes, till she passed a year or so ago.

I lived in south bend in the early 70’/s after the gubermint stint i did (6 years).

Del, my buddy lives in Clinton, in. i think its called, north of terre haute.
anyhows, I spent some time visiting the mom back in the day, loved hunting the river bottom for white tail, and the bobwhite quail, so much different than the gambril we have out here, whew sobs can scare the beejeesus outta you.
Thanks for information and offering.

Merry Christmas,
Rj in Az

He lives along the wabash river, in mid state indiana, hoping for some great goods. only time will tell

happy friday
rj in az.

- Knockonit

Your friend and I must live fairly close together… I live in Vincennes, IN, which is on the Wabash river in the Southern part of the state.

- cracknpop


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