|Forum topic by Joshua Oehler||posted 08-12-2014 07:20 PM||904 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
08-12-2014 07:20 PM
In the very near future I am going to be embarking on a fairly long journey, at least for a hobbyist. I am going to start making all new furniture for my house. Entertainment center, Coffee Table, Foyer Table, Office then possibly moving on to a full bedroom suite and then hopefully a dining set. I have an open floor plan in the main part of my house meaning that the Foyer, Living Room, Kitchen & Dining Room have no walls or doors between them. My kitchen is solid cherry cabinetry and I have laminated cherry floors throughout the whole house. We also have dark brown leather furniture in the living room. I am trying to find a way to
I have been trying to decide what wood I am going to build everything out of. The main 3 pieces I am starting with are the entertainment center, coffee table and entry/foyer table. I have kicked around the idea of combining cherry, maple & walnut on the pieces but then of course my artist side started coming out while designing..I can’t just use boring, clear cabinet grade wood..I must have some character in it….oh I can use curly wood for the raised panels & drawer front, I guess that means I have to match that on the sides of the casework..crotch walnut?? oh that would be awesome to incorporate. we are painting a wall red?? I can using some bloodwood or paduak for some accents! What do you mean the wood bill just shot up to $1000 for just the entertainment center??
While I was visiting my in-laws out in Oklahoma, my father in law and I went out to a small town, family owned saw mill. He mostly had cedar. It was beautiful old growth cedar with colors ranging from cream to deep red to purple to dark brown. I have always loved the patterns in cedar and I love the look of it. Most people seem to only think it is good for outdoor projects, rustic projects and hope chests because you rarely see it used for anything else. I get that it is a softer wood so I am sure durability of it becomes a question for a lot of people, but should that stop me from using it to make some fine furniture with it? Even searching this site and the all mighty Google Images..pictures seem non-existant to try to reinforce the thought in my head that it can be done. My father in-law will be driving down here to Florida in a couple months and has offered to haul a trailer full down for me and I am thinking of taking him up on the offer.
So what do you all think? Can you make fine furniture out of Cedar without going down the rustic furniture road? Has anyone done this that has pictures of it? Am I going down a road I shouldn’t even bother with?
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