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Project by swirt posted 05-04-2022 02:04 AM 689 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My mom started a collection of hand-carved wooden birds many years ago. She was moving to a new place and needed a few surfaces for her birds. When she stayed with us, she marveled at my neighbor’s gigantic Ficus tree. It’s really a pretty awesome tree. Several years ago it was being trimmed, and the crew was happy to let me take several large pieces. Some i kept natural and some I cut into boards. Since she loves the tree, I decided to make the shelf from the Ficus

The shelves are attached to the log segment with mortise and tenon joints. The log itself is pretty well spalted, from leaving the bark on the wood for 6 years in my garage, while the shelves were de-barked and flat sawn several years ago. The log is attached to the wall with an integral french cleat. Finish is 3 coats of 100% Tung oil.

Gory details and more photos at source: Rustic corner shelves

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com





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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#1 posted 05-04-2022 02:07 AM

Beautiful and thoughtful!

-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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#2 posted 05-04-2022 02:19 AM

Thank you Van.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#3 posted 05-04-2022 03:04 AM

One Cool project pleasing different. Looks very good you did a great job.

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#4 posted 05-04-2022 11:38 AM

Thanks Oldrivers

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#5 posted 05-04-2022 01:52 PM

Clever! Looks great installed in the corner (last photo).

Fine way to display those birds. Once the shelves fill up, you’ll need to add branches, hope you saved some 8^)

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James E McIntyre

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#6 posted 05-04-2022 03:15 PM

Looks like a good design and a great Mother’s Day gift.

I also like asking tree trimmers for branches and logs.

We have many ficus trees here in Southern California. If grown close to walls and sidewalks they tear them up because their roots are close to the surface.

I’ve never worked with ficus. Is the wood hard or soft and is it easy to work with?

-- James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 05-04-2022 04:43 PM

Thanks Splintergroup.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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swirt

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#8 posted 05-04-2022 04:49 PM

Thank you James,
This is the first time I have worked with ficus. I was pleasantly surprised. It is not as hard or as dense as oak but is more solid that white pine or cypress. I had to add the pocket for the french cleat after it was all assembled (I didn’t realize her place uses metal studs, so the french cleat was a plan B) and due to the awkward shape I thought the shelves were going to get dinged and dented in the process of chiseling out the pocket, but they came through without a mark.
I will definitely grab more from his tree the next time he has it thinned out.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#9 posted 05-04-2022 05:15 PM

That is a pretty cool natural looking shelf !! Nice work on it….........Cheers, Jim

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

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James E McIntyre

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#10 posted 05-04-2022 06:18 PM

Thanks for the info on the ficus wood. If I see our city cutting any down I’ll definitely ask for some.

I looked up ficus on the wood-database.com and it’s not listed there.

There is a section on the web site that asks for pieces of wood that are unique. You can ask if their interested in your ficus spices and mail them a sample.

If you can will you post a photo of the tree here?

Best Regards

-- James E McIntyre

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#11 posted 05-04-2022 07:01 PM

James.
Some info here)

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#12 posted 05-04-2022 08:47 PM


James.
Some info here)

- splintergroup

That was a lot to take in Splinter. especially the part where natives of New Guinea use the sap from a species of ficus for their poison darts. Ouch! 8^{

I can see you in your grass skirt squatting aiming your blow pipe at your dinner. Lol

With over a 1000 species, where to begin.

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#13 posted 05-04-2022 09:45 PM


James.
Some info here)

- splintergroup

That was a lot to take in Splinter. especially the part where natives of New Guinea use the sap from a species of ficus for their poison darts. Ouch! 8^{

I can see you in your grass skirt squatting aiming your blow pipe at your dinner. Lol

With over a 1000 species, where to begin.

- James E McIntyre

That’s fine James, as long as you don’t make fun of my sock tan lines 8^)

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#14 posted 05-04-2022 11:53 PM

Hi James here is a photo of the tree. It is hard to tell from the photo how large the tree is.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#15 posted 05-04-2022 11:55 PM

Hrrm… for some reason that file did not appear. It is the first image on the page here http://www.timberframe-tools.com/natural-timbers/rustic-corner-shelf/

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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