Barnboard Sideboard

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Project by canadianchips posted 10-14-2018 12:45 AM 779 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Canadianchips creation. I design my items. I source the material. I build it. I finish it !
I tore down a 1916 barn 2 years ago.
I’m still using the lumber I salvaged from that.
Since moving back to Alberta I have been building rustic furniture. I have attended trade shows to try and sell what I make on speculation. I have over 90 different items that I pack into a cargo trailer. Load and unload at every show for display. I hear the same comments at all the shows “WOW”, “Thats beautiful”, “Where do you get your ideas?” “Where do you get that lumber” Everyone offers support. Very few are buying ? Our economy is poor.
A lady saw my work and asked if I did custom work. She saw a cabinet that she liked and wondered if I could make one. She described what it was. She said it was something you would see in the show “Bonanza”. A cabinet that Ben Cartwright would have in his house. I sketched it out,(The first picture) showed it to her and YES. That is exactly what she wanted !
Spent the last few days building. I added the drawer in the middle after I started the build.
All my material is from re-purposed material (I do buy new hinges) I found a used drawer slide at Habitat Re-store.
Being a cabinet maker I found it strange to NOT build things square. To NOT sand things smooth!. After Ive been doing this for couple years I am enjoying building these “OLD LOOKING” items that settlers had in past.
Hope a few of you enjoy these.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-14-2018 01:04 AM

Nice work. Ben, Hoss, Adam and Little Joe would be proud!!!!!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 10-14-2018 04:58 AM

Brings new meaning to rustic, that piece looks like it walked across the plains. The US went through a country phase really hard back in the 80’s 90’s still a tiny market for it, but if you could make it look distressed or primitive the big $$$$ people would pay for that handsomely. Not so much anymore. Heck half of them want everything white. Boring, give me the grain every time.

We used to build them, beat them with chains, throw em in a pond for a week or 3, and almost destroy them, then they were perfect. It was fun and sad at the same time. Bird shot from 20 yards makes a nice “worm hole” design, some wild things were done to brand new furniture.

Thanks for the memories, thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 10-14-2018 05:55 AM

That piece has some real character.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 10-14-2018 09:06 AM

very nice piece love it !!!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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Don W

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#5 posted 10-14-2018 11:00 AM

Nice project. Hopefully this one sold for you.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#6 posted 10-14-2018 02:39 PM

I realize NOT EVERYONE wants this old looking furniture. BUT that 1 person that sees it will BUY it !
I built a wire mesh storage cabinet for a bathroom. It was on facebook 12 minutes. The man had to have it for 5th anniversary gift.

therealSteveN. I use old salvaged material. The beauty of that is its already distressed and has character.
Yes Don. This one is sold. My hope is when her friends see it they will order other items !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#7 posted 10-14-2018 07:27 PM

Great job repurposing the materials into such pleasing pieces.

-- Dale

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#8 posted 10-15-2018 01:29 AM

NIce work Chips. Has a great look to it and still looks as old as dirt (that’s a compliment).

-- Galootish log blog,

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