New Commission #1: The Mother Load

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Blog entry by wdkits1 posted 06-22-2009 05:15 AM 1336 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been commissioned by a former client to build all new shelving and cabinets in the master bedroom his and her walk-in closets. I have done a few smaller projects for them in the past consisting of three custom display pedestals and a small marble top table all done from Brazilian cherry with accent inlay work. I guess that they like my artistic style of woodworking so when they asked me to do the closets I figured that this would be a great opportunity to do something totally out of my comfort zone. I always have liked a good challenge and this will definitely be a challenge. So I did a material take-off and a few sketches and now the fun begins.

This project will need over 500 bf of Brazilian cherry which I ordered from Steve Wall Lumber in North Carolina. I had them run it through their big planer to save me some time and also to cut down on the shipping weight. As it turns out I got 575 bf (always better to get a little extra) with a shipping weight of 2300 lbs. I had it delivered to my shop this week so let the woodworking begin!!!

575 bf of Brazilian cherry S2S to 13/16 widths from 4”- 12”

-- Mike --

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#1 posted 06-22-2009 05:23 AM

wow that’s some cool wood .keep us posted

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#2 posted 06-22-2009 11:17 AM

Wow, some very nice looking wood. Can’t wait to see it all finished and installed.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 06-22-2009 01:05 PM

Congratulations on the commission. That is a really nice looking stash of wood that you have there. Good idea on letting the lumber company plane it down for you. That saved you time, shipping weight and a set of planer knives. BC is a gorgeous wood to work with but it is hard on blades.

This is going to be an interesting project to follow.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 06-22-2009 02:58 PM

I am confident that you are going to have a happy customer when the job is completed. I wish I could fine someone, anyone, who would trust me with lumber of that quality. I hope you will enjoy every minute of working with it, and I hope you have enough extra to get another project out of it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 06-22-2009 03:52 PM

Great looking pile f wood. I can’t wait to see what it becomes.

-- Hope Never fails

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