QSWO Sideboard

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Project by MadeinMT posted 04-07-2020 06:41 PM 1296 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just completed this sideboard – a request from my brother-in-law and his wife. Dimensions are 60”W x 36”H x 20”D. Constructed of QSWO, with the interior/back in leftover redwood and barn wood. The drawers are #1 pine. Hardware was purchased from

The design is my own variation of Stickley’s classic craftsman furniture designs.

Finish was a 5:2 mix of oil-based Minwax Red Mahogany and English Walnut. This was followed by a sealcoat of clear shellac. Then I applied oil-based Minwax ebony stain as a glaze, rubbed it into the wood pores with a stiff brush, and wiped it off to simulate the black wax used by Stickley. Finally I applied three coats of lacquer.

Thank you for looking.

-- Ron, Montana

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#1 posted 04-07-2020 07:01 PM

QSWO is one of the few woods that stain can improve the look, Fantastic job, another heirloom has been created!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 04-07-2020 07:59 PM

Looks 100 years old, excellent work!

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#3 posted 04-07-2020 09:51 PM

this is an outstanding build with the qso and color making it look like an antique – great job !!

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 04-07-2020 10:09 PM

Great build in my favorite wood.

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#5 posted 04-07-2020 10:36 PM

beautiful side board,im normally not a oak fan but the qswo is a wood that reminds one of furniture made by craftsman that took pride in their work before machines in factories took the finish really brings out the grain.the only thing i would have done different would have been to mortise out the hinges on the doors to lessen the gap,but still top notch work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 04-07-2020 11:53 PM

Looks 100 years old, excellent work!

- splintergroup


My thought was this guy could make set pieces if they ever started making Westerns again. I see a saloon, and it has a sideboard…...

Awesome piece.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#7 posted 04-08-2020 02:06 AM

NIce design and a great work on the stain and glazing. Looks old and rich.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 04-08-2020 10:23 AM

Really nice. That is a lot of work. Thanks for posting. Nice work!

-- Petey

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#9 posted 04-09-2020 02:47 AM

Very nice looking piece.

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#10 posted 04-09-2020 05:50 PM

Love it! Well done- your sister and husband are sure to enjoy it.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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