Reclaimed lodgepole pine chest from Idaho

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Project by Richard posted 02-11-2011 03:15 AM 2182 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

More blue stained lodgepole pine made into a cracker, cheese, and bottle of wine holder. Or maybe a simple picnic basket box. The lodgepole come from our mountains and lots of it can be found in the dead and dying trees. So if you are looking for interesting reclaimed lumber, check with your local sawyer here in the west and see what you can do with blue-stained lumber.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#1 posted 02-11-2011 03:32 AM

I for one love the look of that wood, Great job.

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#2 posted 02-11-2011 03:53 AM

Very interesting wood. Nice job.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#3 posted 02-11-2011 03:57 AM

Lovely box and priceless good looking wood. Nice job and well done. Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

Question: Does a corner missing a dovetail joint, or it is an optical illusion (pix #5)? It’s hard to estimate the size of the chest but I’m guessing 12’‘X18’‘X5’’ approx. Does it make sense?



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#4 posted 02-11-2011 04:43 AM

The size of the chest is 24” long by 15” by 8” tall. Serge, it does look like I forgot to put some dovetails in, but it the way the light plays across the chest. I definitely need to learn to take better pictures or use proper lighting

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#5 posted 02-11-2011 05:33 AM

wow that figure is striking. i wonder if a similar effect could be done artificially with dyes. it wouldnt be exactly the same, but even getting close would be pretty great.

also, how did you finish this? Did you sand or plane it and what kind of varnish?

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#6 posted 02-11-2011 02:52 PM


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

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#7 posted 02-11-2011 04:59 PM

Great use of that nice wood, Tricon Timber is making money cutting that pine beetle killed wood in its first
year, before it looses its strength and selling it to China, we have to do something to cut our deficit back.
With my 12” bandsaw, I have been able to make some of my own boards from the smaller trees and it is
great to work with. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 82 yr young apprentice carpenter

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