Pine sofa and lamp table

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Project by Dusty posted 11-22-2007 10:04 PM 2071 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is for my fellow Minnesota woodworking buddy Dick Cain his lovely wife Barbara.

They live in the rustic north woods. How lucky is that?

I designed and made these pieces of furniture as prototypes for future pieces I wanted in my mission collection.

I figured that pine was inexpensive and easy to work with and would work well to build my working models.

They are very simple to build and are constructed out of both 1x’4’s 2x’8’s and various other scrap pine.

I took every day construction grade 2’x8’s for example and cut them in half. I then plained them down and glued up the tops. If you look carefully ( and the picture is good enough) you can see the exact book ends.

A funny thing happened. When I finished them , and just had them sitting around the shop I had several customers ask me if they could buy, or order them ,for there lake cabins. I really was dumbfounded. I had no idea they would sell or be so popular.

I had planed on donating them to a charity or just using them for fire wood, when I had perfected my prototype.

I have this piece stuck back in a closet of my layout office because to this day I get requests for them.

The material cost is about 20 bucks per piece and take a day to build.

The finish is a inexpensive Mini Wax honey with couple poly urethane coats.

-- Dusty

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#1 posted 11-22-2007 10:11 PM

Beautiful tables, Dusty. I’m not surprised that some people wanted to buy some. They are gorgeous looking.

It just goes to illustrate that even inexpensive woods can make beautiful tables.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 11-22-2007 10:11 PM

Great job Dusty. You are right, pine is inexpensive & good to work with. Often an under rated timber.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 11-22-2007 10:25 PM



Your so right about your comments. I learned a valuable lesson – that is never assume that there is not a market or that what you build won’t have a use by some one else. Beauty and taste is all in the eye of the beholder.

Just because I don’t have a preference or use for it didn’t mean some one else wouldn’t either.

Oh how much I have learned and still am learning.

-- Dusty

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#4 posted 11-22-2007 10:28 PM


I so agree. In the right setting and with extra care ( it dents and scratches easy) along with proper finishing pine can really be a very inexpensive alternative.

Although I am not a fan of painting furniture ( I am old school) there is a lot of country style furniture that is built out of pine that is beautiful.

-- Dusty

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#5 posted 11-22-2007 10:45 PM

Great design on that table Dusty. I’m a big Pine fan myself!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#6 posted 11-22-2007 10:56 PM

Great work,fine craftsmanship.I use pine wood on some of my scrollsaw projects too.Its easy on the blades.

-- Rick,Neoga,IL.

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#7 posted 11-23-2007 10:03 AM

Yet another nice piece Dusty. BTW – who does your photography, it’s excellent.

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

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#8 posted 11-23-2007 12:00 PM

Firewood!!! Argh.

this is gorgeous. And as for denting easily – it becomes part of the character of the piece.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 11-23-2007 02:43 PM


I do all my own photography with a inexpensive digital camera. I am just lucky with the outcome I guess.

I have no clue what I am doing.

I just try shoot the the pictures with how I would like the outcome to show what I would want to see.

I have got better over the years.

I was totally “electronically challenged” for a long time.

-- Dusty

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#10 posted 11-24-2007 09:15 PM

Great idea to build protos out of inexpensive pine. I hadn’t considered that but it makes a lot of sense to be able to work at full size to sort out design challenges and variations as you go. The demand for these was a great bonus!

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#11 posted 11-25-2007 07:19 PM

YOUR PROTO TYPES are my goal pieces right now…looks great…now I know why Dennis was asking if you ever slept!!! I clicked on the next project page and there were a gazillion more pieces by you…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 11-25-2007 11:11 PM


It is really not important where you or anyone for that matter are located on the learning curve or road to practiceing your craft of woodworking.

What is important is your on that road.

The road is a long one, has several curves, even some nasty ditches and certainly several detours.

That is what makes woodworking such a adventure.

All that is important is that you enjoy the journey and less on the destination.

My friend ,may the wind always be on your back, and the feel of a warm sun dancing gently on your face as it casts a warm smile , when you past another weary woodworker on the same path.

Take your time friend the road is a long one.

No speeding allowed, please.

-- Dusty

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#13 posted 11-26-2007 04:26 AM

...thanks Dusty…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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