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Blog entry by wdkits1 posted 07-10-2011 04:48 PM 1173 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone
Mrs Jones called and asked if I would be interested in some walnut lumber that her husband had milled 25 years ago which was stacked and stickered in the attic of her garage. Her husband died a couple of years ago and she was selling her house and moving to Georgia to be closer to her daughters and needed to sell the walnut.
I went to her house and looked at the small stack of walnut which looked pretty rough but knew I could use for some small projects. Turned out to be about 75 BF. I gave her a price and she said that I could have it if I would be willing to make a few things out of it so that she could give to her children and grandchildren to remember dad and grampa. She was willing to pay for the finished items so we discussed the things that she would like me to make.

A couple boards of walnut

So here is the list of what I made for Mrs Jones; 2 tables, 5 keepsake boxes, 7 -11×14 picture frames, 10 gavels and 20 pens.
Although the lumber was pretty rough, it was bone dry and the color and texture was really a treat to work with. Lots of tiger striping and some of the crotch material was perfect for bookmatching pieces for the tops of the keepsake boxes. I used about 50 BF so I still have some of this walnut to use on some of my special projects.

These were a lot of fun to make and Mrs Jones is a great client

-- Mike --

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#1 posted 07-10-2011 05:12 PM

Wow that is a great story and amazing work you did for her! I take it here husband was a judge? Well done!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 07-10-2011 05:12 PM

What a nice way to pass on a woodworkers legacy. I suspect Mr. Jones is looking on with approval.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#3 posted 07-10-2011 05:24 PM

Very nice, you do great Work. Walnut is my favorite wood. Love to see walnut built projects.

Thanks, Michael Frey
Portland, OR


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#4 posted 07-10-2011 05:59 PM

god bless you mike, you have given her items that will be cherished by her and her family for the rest of there lives, they will have a wonderful remembrance of husband, father, and grandfather…to me this is the best of what we can do with our craft..making money is fine and needed at times..but making and giving, to me is the best….. everything is so beautiful , a job well done…man this is just overwhelming…what a blessing for this family…i hope your well…oh i wanted to ask, did you ever post the rest of the build for your new heating and cooling system onto the shop…ill go back and look, but if not, i would love to see the finished project….take care mike…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 07-10-2011 07:06 PM

awesome! looks like you “and mrs Jones, got a thang goin on”. sorry, that is the 1st thing that came in my head (old music, “Me and Mrs. Jones”). very nice Walnut. I see lotsa nice stuff from all dat

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 07-10-2011 08:15 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments. I really enjoyed working with this walnut and Mrs Jones has been a great customer. I delivered the tables to her while she was packing for the move and shipped the other items which she received yesterday. She was very appreciative .
To Ken—Mr Jones was also a woodworker and the gavels were modeled after the one that he made.
To Grizz—It was a pleasure doing these projects for Mrs Jones. Such a sweet lady. I got sidetracked on the addition to the shop but will post the progress pics on my next blog. Thanks for asking

-- Mike --

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