Garrett Hack Sideboard In Curly Maple

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Project by tnwood posted 12-13-2009 08:59 PM 6140 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just completed this sideboard that is based on Garrett Hack’s design in the December 2006 issue of FWW. These photos were taken when I had two different doors it. Before I applied finish, I couldn’t decide whether the spalted maple panels were too busy for the curly maple background so I made another set using yellow birch panels. Once I got them finished and after some consultation with friends, I decided the spalted maple was the better choice. The piece is made from soft curly maple, ebony trim, spalted maple from a sugar maple that died near our home in NH, and the yellow birch was cut from our woodlot as well. The finish is golden amber dye (water soluble) with the first coat very dilute and then mostly sanded off, a second more concentrated application, followed by many coats of Tried & True™. The color differences of the photos has to do with the lighting.

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#1 posted 12-13-2009 09:09 PM

Very Nice looking Sideboard. That’s sweet!!!

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#2 posted 12-13-2009 09:43 PM

Beautiful piece!

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#3 posted 12-13-2009 10:07 PM

Outstanding piece !

Great design & craftsmanship!!

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#4 posted 12-13-2009 10:34 PM

that’s beautiful !!

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#5 posted 12-13-2009 10:35 PM

WOW! Excellent work and interpretation!

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#6 posted 12-13-2009 11:44 PM

Stunning !!

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#7 posted 12-14-2009 12:02 AM

Very nice sideboard! apiece you should be proud of. Well done keep up the good work.

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#8 posted 12-14-2009 12:09 AM

This is an outrage what are you doing making the rest of our projects look so dull and uninspiring. LOL
Amazingly beautiful every thing is just perfect the wood selection the design(thanks Garrett) and high quality workmanship. wonderful, lovely,beautiful, grand.
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#9 posted 12-14-2009 12:51 AM

As a recent arrival myself, I’ll say welcome to the site. You’re sideboard is quite a debut. Looks like you have the ability to keep posting inspiring pieces.

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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#10 posted 12-14-2009 12:54 AM

Very very high class work there. I love it.
Too bad you couldn’t match the spalting in the right panels over to the left ones. That would have taken the piece up another notch.

The top appears curly too (from the edge grain) do you have a picture of the top?


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#11 posted 12-14-2009 01:35 AM

WOW Nice Job

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#12 posted 12-14-2009 01:48 AM

Great looking piece. You did a beautiful job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#13 posted 12-14-2009 03:07 PM

You did an exceptional job on this.

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#14 posted 12-14-2009 03:20 PM


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#15 posted 12-14-2009 07:34 PM

Outstanding piece! Your design, or someone else’s? Very elegant work. Thanks for sharing… Tom

-- Tom Huntley - Rochester Hills, Michigan

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