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Project by Monte Pittman posted 08-10-2014 04:36 PM 2580 views 2 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was not going to post another trunk. But when I applied the finish to this one I liked the colors so much I decided to do it. My next show starts Friday at the Central States Fair for another 10 days. Sawdust will be flying till then.

Obviously it’s Beetle Kill Pine. But probably the most colorful I have ever seen. It’s 45 inches wide, 21 inches tall and 22 inches deep. This one doesn’t have a cedar lining (yet). Haven’t decided on that yet. It’s finished with Cabot oil based poly. They call it fast drying, but it’s the slowest drying finish I have ever used.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 08-10-2014 04:55 PM

That looks good not only the color but I really like the limb on the lid’s live edge. If you’re not careful you will have another board with finish on the daily top 3. Your creativity with that beetle kill pine is something else.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 08-10-2014 04:58 PM


-- Саша

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#3 posted 08-10-2014 04:59 PM

Great looking piece Monte. Just how much of that BKP do you have? Must be quite a bit, I suspect you may be breeding pine killing beetles :-)

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 08-10-2014 05:13 PM

Amazing…! You definitely need a large sized booth….

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#5 posted 08-10-2014 05:22 PM

Looks great, Monte !!! I keep seeing the storm on Jupiter.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#6 posted 08-10-2014 05:28 PM

What is there to say that hasn’t already been said….
I love the natural edge frame….
I love how you incorporated the extended knot and limb….
I love hoe you interpret and allow the wood to speak for itself!!!

Good luck at the Central States Fair!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 08-10-2014 05:33 PM

Wow, you continue to impress!

-- -Tim Royal -"Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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#8 posted 08-10-2014 05:49 PM

Beautiful wood and build Monte, I used cabot poly on my first canoe and a dresser. It was very slooooowww to dry and smelled for 2 weeks but has been super durable.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#9 posted 08-10-2014 05:55 PM

Great job Monte

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#10 posted 08-10-2014 06:32 PM

Nice! No chance that limb will ever separate from the board on top is there?

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#11 posted 08-10-2014 07:08 PM

Beautiful, Monte! Love the knot bulging out of the frame on the front! Like Joe, I wondered about the lid branch working loose after repeatedly being used as a lift. I wish you the best at the next show! Thanks for sharing this one!

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 08-10-2014 07:20 PM


It is a nextstep piece! Looks like you really are thinking outside the box. or trunk in this case. I like the use of natural edge framing for your natural edge Blue Pine.

That combined with the colors and patterns. Is this going to be a “one of a kind?”

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 08-10-2014 07:56 PM

Wow, love the color. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#14 posted 08-10-2014 09:00 PM

Very nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#15 posted 08-10-2014 09:28 PM

The live edge frame is really unique. Love it.

-- 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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