What would you do if you found this piece of wood?

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Project by Dennis Hunter / Laura Merchant posted 07-11-2014 08:02 PM 2911 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was at my good friend Robert Tripplets House a few months back, he was giving Laura his scrap wood so she could make her puzzels. He gave me this piece of wood and when I saw it I knew what I wanted to do with this piece of Maple. Most would throw it in the wood pile but I turned it into a $175.00 wine bottle holder.
The last picture is a new wine bottle holder I just made yesterday. Think before you toss the next piece of odd wood out.
Thanks Dennis

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#1 posted 07-11-2014 08:09 PM

Very nice!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 07-11-2014 08:46 PM

“thinking outside the (wine)box”. Good eye; nice work on very practical and beautiful pieces.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 07-11-2014 09:37 PM

hey dennis, that is one gorgeous piece of maple, and as much as i love your work, i think you blew it on this piece, when i look at this, all i really see is the ends of bottles looking at me, you should have mounted a few bottles sideways as you did on this other, im not saying this to be mean, but that piece of maple had so much to show and now i just see bottles….

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

#4 posted 07-11-2014 09:40 PM

Thanks grizzman but I did this before a I started the other bottle holders and yes this is a very cool piece of wood.

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#5 posted 07-11-2014 11:56 PM

I would have slabbed it out for veneer ... but that’s just me.
It is a piece of wood that deserves a place of prominence. I do agree with the Grizzman.
I’m not a wine drinker so I guess I missed the value of your project. ... Nice job though.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

#6 posted 07-12-2014 02:22 AM

Really veneer I hate veneer sorry. There was not enough wood to do that so then what?
Were I live there are many Wine drinkers that belong to Wine Clubs and they do spend the money for cool things.

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#7 posted 07-12-2014 06:00 AM

I am totally on board with your philosophy! I love experimenting with odd pieces and turning them into something awesome. Don’t mind the naysayers Dennis, I’m sure that if I showed bowl turners how I use bowl blanks for ring bearer boxes, they would have a heart attack!

I often find that wine enthusiasts are also admirers of art. Combining the two and providing something useful at the same time is a home run every time. I think you did a great job with it and love your creativity with that piece.

From a business perspective, I think that you were smart in your choice of how to utilize that piece. In the time it would take to mess around with milling it for veneer or whatever else, you turned it into a beautiful and useful item ready to be purchased! In the words of my Etsy app… Cha Ching!

-- I don't make mistakes, I make design challenges!

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#8 posted 07-12-2014 06:22 AM

I would never have thought about that. I like what you did, it turned out very nice. It is a neat piece that will be prominently displayed in someone’s home.

-- Darren... Hmmmm, I got nothin.

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#9 posted 07-12-2014 11:16 AM

I’da never thunk it. Gr8 idea

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#10 posted 07-12-2014 12:53 PM

well if you want everyone to agree with what you did with it, then dont ask us what to do with it after the fact…if this site is about agreeing with what everyone does, then no growth , oh well, its a done deal, you did what you did, i still think you blew it…lol…but that leaves me as a naysayer…oh no…ask me if i care….:)

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

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#11 posted 07-13-2014 03:45 PM

I think what he is saying is that he would like to know what you would do with it, not asking for your disapproval of what he actually did with it. Personally, I would have probably never thrown it out but it would gather dust in my shop for a long time like several similar pieces of redwood root and burl I have before I was struck. I think it would have been neat to stain it with the red wine first though! I’m not sure if it would turn out or not, but it does a nice job staining clothes O_o

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#12 posted 07-13-2014 05:19 PM

Looks great!

-- So many tools, so little money. *heavy sigh*

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#13 posted 07-13-2014 05:22 PM

From the bark side it looks like some awesome curly maple.

To me wood is never thrown away until the last 1/4×1/4 is all that is left. lol

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#14 posted 07-13-2014 10:42 PM

Exactly what I would have done with it. Awesome, unique piece. Thanks for sharing, keep up the good work.

-- Flying MLB *** A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

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#15 posted 07-14-2014 01:12 AM

I def wouldn’t have thrown it away, probably would have sat around for awhile, that piece is pretty awesome and something different, would have never of thought to use it for that.

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