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Gum Entry Table #1: Dry Fit...and all up until this point

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Blog entry by BlueRidgeDog posted 05-28-2021 05:30 PM 532 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This wood has such an interesting grain that I was going to post an image of it, but I figured I would just throw the images of the steps to this point in a blog entry.

Here is the dry fit, without the top cut to final form or the shelves:

And another:

I started by milling up a bunch of stock from some very curvy boards:

I glued up the face, cut 16 tenons and mortises and tapered the legs after cutting everything to final size:

I did glue up some stock to make the legs.

After this last image, I cut an arc on the bottom of each stretcher and the front and rounded over the arc edge.

The dry fit is to measure for drawer supports.

It looks like it is going to be a great piece. The wood was free, toss off at a lumber yard (should have gone to the paper mill).



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EarlS

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#1 posted 05-29-2021 11:47 AM

I like the arches. Can’t wait to see the finished version.

Gotta say, I’m a bit leery of “free” or “cheap” wood after my latest “find”. I’ve been bogged down with a big stack of walnut that was “a great price” only to get home and realize it was mostly trash (75-80% waste). I finally finished dimensioning it into a short stack of usable lumber last night (2+ weeks). Lesson learned, for me, spend a little more $$ to get usable lumber up front. My $/BF may even exceed what it would have cost to get good lumber.

Now I can start working on my roubo bench (kind of like the one in your pictures).

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 05-29-2021 01:22 PM

I agree…free comes with a price, but I do take free wood from the guys I know that mill wood. If they could sell it, they would, so I know I am getting very low grade stuff. All the same, if it is a species that I just can’t buy, I am game. My real objection is that it is always green and I have to sit on it so so so long, but I have a drying space setup that works as long as I don’t want what is on the bottom!!

Still deciding on the drawers….thinking through dove tails for contrast and pop, but don’t know…inclined to play it safe with normal half blind on the front.

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#3 posted 05-30-2021 11:42 AM

thru dovetails for the win!!! Are you making the drawer boxes from the same wood?

Your boards look like the ones I have, wild patterns, colors, and all of the the interesting things that never make it into the lumber stack at the local lumber mill. I did manage to get several usable boards that have both sap wood and the normal dark brown (red, purple) heart wood, along with some greys which I’m going to use for drawers under the bench top.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 06-01-2021 01:54 AM

Yea…I have so much of it, no need to use a secondary wood. I think through dovetails will work well…especially if I get some darker parts for the sides. We shall see as I am sanding now for carcass glue up and will start the drawers soon. Two small ones won’t take long.

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