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Project by toxicoval56 posted 01-08-2011 12:23 AM 2539 views 8 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this credenza to serve two functions…but first some history. The wood came from an old barn built 100 years ago by my friend’s grandfather. His family still owns the land and the barn had collapsed several years ago. He wanted to do something with the wood that he could pass to his two children someday. He was also a big fan of the sawmill marks still on the wood. It was a real challenge to find suitable wood out of what was left. This is rustic to say the least. function 1: It will serve as his credenza until he retires or does not need it. At that time, (function 2) it can be separated and each side can serve as a small dresser for each of his two children. That way they can share in the history of the family. My friend loved it and it turned out pretty nice considering what I started with. Staining it was a huge problem but in the end I sealed the wood with shellac, sanded that down and used two colors of gel stain (Georgian cherry and antique walnut) to achieve the color he wanted to match his desk. The wood is old Texas pine. It was full of bug holes, rot, nails, and anything else that causes woodworkers trouble.

Any comments are appreciated.

-- The view only changes for the leading dog.

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#1 posted 01-08-2011 12:39 AM

Nice looking credenza.

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#2 posted 01-08-2011 01:15 AM

looks awesome :)
i agree with your friend, the sawmill marks look really good with this project!
really cool idea with splitting it up, any chance to see the two dressers? :)

-- -- It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#3 posted 01-08-2011 01:16 AM

such a beautiful transformation.
I Love the barn wood work.
One bad thing is the price of old barn wood has gone up sharply due to popularity.

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#4 posted 01-08-2011 01:30 AM

Nice save, great story with the history.
Love the look of the saw marks too, really adds to the history.
I usually seal-in a card with abit of the history to go along when i do a project like this.

-- Doug...

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#5 posted 01-08-2011 02:13 AM

Impressive build! Very nicely done. I can see where he would be pleased with the piece. Thanks for sharing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 01-08-2011 02:27 AM

it is beautiful to say the least. fun read too. couldn’t get any better

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 01-08-2011 04:31 AM

Very Nice, Keeping the wood with all the saw marks makes this a great family heirloom!

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#8 posted 01-08-2011 05:03 AM

WOW what a Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#9 posted 01-08-2011 05:35 AM

Nice job. Always great to recycle old wood to create such a wonderful piece.

-- Scott in Texas

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#10 posted 01-08-2011 05:53 AM

That rough sawn lumber is gorgeous!! It has so much character! Is it oak? Great job!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#11 posted 01-08-2011 07:50 AM

Spectacular! You really met the criteria; you’ve made an heirloom.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#12 posted 01-08-2011 08:04 AM

Very Nice

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#13 posted 01-09-2011 04:23 AM

Great job all the way round….. It looks perfect.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 01-09-2011 07:32 PM

Fantastic. I like the dual use of it.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#15 posted 01-10-2011 02:04 AM

Looks great!


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