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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 01-14-2014 07:58 PM 1793 views 0 times favorited 34 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2014 07:58 PM

Ok, you guys are brutal.

You know, sometimes it takes a while to develop a new concept, at least new to me.

I had that oak slab, I have two in fact, and I wanted to use it.

I tried something different and it didn’t work, so how do you like it now?

The top is old 1×4’s that used to make a shelf in my garage. They are white and distressed as hell. Should be a great match to the lower part.

As always continue to give honest evaluations. This junky stuff is new to me and it will take me a while to get my legs.
Remember, we think like woodworkers, but the buying public thinks like interior designers. I see people buying this stuff everyday, most of it looks like it’s been in a flood, then left to dry in a 120 degree attic.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#1 posted 01-14-2014 08:03 PM

It’s still ugly. Use nice joinery. it looks janky/nailed together.

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#2 posted 01-14-2014 08:05 PM

better but not pretty

-- Bert

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#3 posted 01-14-2014 08:06 PM

That’s the point, Chris. This is the stuff people want. The uglier the better.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#4 posted 01-14-2014 08:26 PM

Better, But….
Make a new bottom more like the top or add another pc. in the center, the gap in the middle isn’t working.
Add a skirt across the front to hide the cleats on the bottom sh.,
Add a middle shelf.

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#5 posted 01-14-2014 08:28 PM

Russell, I been called ugly fuggly & muggly not sure want to buy anything that resembles me!

-- Bill

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#6 posted 01-14-2014 08:42 PM

I think you’ve confused rustic with ugly. Even in rustic, the lines have to flow, the proportions need to match.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#7 posted 01-14-2014 08:43 PM

The 2 boards across the bottom (stretchers/shelf) don’t work for me either, too closely mimics the legs. I’m trying to imagine an inside taper on the legs and think it would look better. The legs need something to lighten them up and take away the 2×4-ness. You’re making progress though.

-- Rick M,

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#8 posted 01-14-2014 08:50 PM

It’s definitely an improvement but the legs seem wrong. Might look better if they were turned 90° or made more square. The bottom shelf is gappy and doesn’t look wide enough to be of any use.

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#9 posted 01-14-2014 08:59 PM

It’s still not saying “rustic” to me. It kinda says “shabby chic” and that’s another fad that seems to be selling.
Actually, just the thought of shabby chic makes me sick to my stomach. And that first version table you showed made me throw up a little in my mouth, so if you go back to that one and call it “shabby chic” you’ll have it nailed. :)

But if you want to stick with rustic, maybe if you googled “what is rustic” and then clicked on the images and scanned through those it would give a hint. From what I saw it looks like rustic means the same good joinery, but less processing of the wood – more natural edges, branches for legs etc, no embellishments or fancy inlays. Yours looks like you’ve taken reclaimed lumber and left some of it still rough, but other pieces look sharp where you cut it and those two different looks in one single piece are clashing.

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#10 posted 01-14-2014 09:02 PM

To me the legs are to thick and clunky, and the bottom shelf I don’t think it is needed. Just my opinion.

-- Bryan, South River, NJ

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#11 posted 01-14-2014 09:09 PM

No. The problem is you still don’t like it. This looks like something a woman saw on pinterest and had her husband slap together in 2 hours with a circular saw and 4lb sledgehammer.

This isn’t the stuff people want. This is the stuff people want to make themselves because it looks super simple (and it is). Do you really want your name stamped on the bottom of this? If this is the only piece of work you were known for would you be happy with that?

Don’t compromise yourself for a quick buck. That quick buck is going to come at the cost of your reputation. No one likes a guy just throwing stuff out there to get a piece of the action. Either you are into it or your aren’t.


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#12 posted 01-14-2014 09:13 PM

The legs do look thick and chunky, also looks to be full of splinters waiting to happen.
Rustic does not have to mean “lacking in any skill” as in smoothing.

Joe, I dated a shabby chick for a while, don’t knock it, we had a great time.

peace, T

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#13 posted 01-14-2014 09:20 PM

Try and make something that transcends the material and the direct, non- fussy workmanship. I’m as proud of my boot cupboard as anything I’ve made. A less cynical mind set will go a long way.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#14 posted 01-14-2014 09:29 PM

Sorry Russell, I still think this is beneath you. Looks like it was made by a kid with stuff he trash picked. The clunky legs and bottom shelf just don’t work at all. I can see the top being used, if the bottom were even a little bit more refined.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#15 posted 01-14-2014 09:43 PM

turn the 2xs, lose the skirt, pull off the cleats, add a board, round the edges, sand it down a bit, oil base finish for color…. and you Might? have something

-- if it is to be it is up to me

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