reclaimed chestnut dry sink

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Project by triviasteve posted 04-29-2020 08:34 PM 618 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been taking advantage of the down time to play in the shop again. This used to be an old chicken house. I tore it down a few years ago and then spent months planing the chestnut lumber down, taking it to the kiln to be sterilized… then it sat on a pile in my basement, stacked and stickered…

I always knew that this was one of the things I wanted to make out of it. It’s my version of an antique that has been in our family for 150 years. This was my first furniture build, and I learned a lot, made a lot of mistakes; fixed some of them, gonna live with others. I’ll do a lot of things differently for the next project, and try not to make the same mistakes I made on this one. But I got to experiment with mortice and tenon joinery, haunch tenons, tongue and groove joinery, hand chisels, biscuit joinery, power sanding, hand sanding, more hand sanding, etc. Some of those things Norm made look so easy… It’s all solid chestnut, with the exception of the bottom shelf being a piece of 3/4” plywood.

My goal has always been to build the furniture for my house. So much so that 5 years ago, I sold all of my living room furniture (end tables, coffee table, bookshelves, etc.) so that I could make room for something that I built. 5 years ago. Work has a funny way of getting in the way of dreams sometimes. So I have lived without tables and tv stands and bookshelves for 5 years. Hopefully all of that will change this year. I am a little more confident in the things I learned while making this, and hopefully I will not make the same mistakes on the next project. But either way, this is now a piece of me. I’m broken and flawed, too – no reason why my furniture shouldn’t be the same way…
I really love the look of the old lumber. At first, I was not happy with how the wood didn’t match, but the more I look at it, the more I love it.

Given the limitations of my shop, my skills and my tools, I think I did ok on this. I can’t wait for it to find its new home in my living room, and I can then go start work on another project that I started a long time ago and never finished…

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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#1 posted 04-29-2020 10:53 PM

a beautiful piece of furniture

-- 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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#2 posted 04-30-2020 12:41 AM

That is a sharp looking project.
Here is a bit of truth. All of us here learned this craft by making mistakes. That’s how we figured out what NOT to do.
Another bit of truth, all of us here still make mistakes from time to time. My bride of many thousands of years has a set of 6 of the most beautiful dovetailed maple drawer boxes you have ever seen, that she uses for storage in her classroom because I built them an inch too narrow for the cabinet I was working on. The end of this story is some of her colleagues have asked if I would build them a set like her’s. I’ve patiently explained her’s is a very unique one of a kind set.

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#3 posted 04-30-2020 02:13 AM

Steve, all of your comments about mistakes resonate with me because I continue to make them. Despite my best intentions. It’s all about the journey, my friend. Nice project. The joinery on those doors looks nice and tight.

-- Lefty

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#4 posted 04-30-2020 05:03 AM

That’s some fantastic looking wood. That piece could work in a lot of different settings.

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