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Project by Hibernicvs posted 03-19-2008 03:47 PM 1485 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Clearly there is a conspiracy among digital cameras. I KNOW I took both these photos with the camera in the same position, then corrected the second one when it came out sideways by rotating it, and it STILL uploads sideways.

Anyway, this started out as a bookcase. The carcase is 3/4 plywood, the trim is 1×2 pine (far from select), and the rest of the door is a sheet of lauan plywood, 1/4 inch, while the back is the usual hardboard. I tried my “treatment” again on this piece, “painting” everything (except the trim and lauan) with thinned wood filler, sanding it down, then staining it with Minwax dark walnut, with a couple of coats of satin polyurethane.

Yes, that is my attempt at a portrait of Isabella Rosellini, whose name I probably can’t even spell correctly. Call me, and we’ll discuss a sitting for a life portrait, if you can take time out from your own woodworking (if she’s reading this, she’s a Lumberjock, ... right?). You never know—some of those movie stars are pretty smart. I heard of one who made (or makes) furniture, and I’ll bet Chuck Norris could put something together, if he’d use a saw instead of his feet or hands to cut boards.

-- Hibernicvs

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#1 posted 03-19-2008 04:09 PM

Your “treatment” yields a really nice look. Isabella seems pleased. My only concern is how do you open the drawers on the filing cabinet? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 03-19-2008 05:15 PM

Nice looking cabinet. Your camera software should have a ROTATE option in there somewhere.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 03-19-2008 06:26 PM

This is a nice looking cabinet. Your camera probably has a formating option on it that automatically selects the best framing for the picture.

But if all else fails do what I do. I simply ask my 4 year old grandson to figure it out for me. Most children his age seem to have no problems handling electronics.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 03-19-2008 07:31 PM

I like it. Very clean looking peice. Thanks for the pics.

-- Hope Never fails

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#5 posted 03-19-2008 08:40 PM

What makes you so sure I WANT to open the drawers on the filing cabinet? (It holds old records prior to 2000, including tax stuff, so I’m hoping that somebody will steal it and get me off the hook. I can’t throw anything away.)

-- Hibernicvs

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#6 posted 03-19-2008 09:11 PM

Now I see the strategy…... you are barricading the tax records so the IRS can’t get its hands on them.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 03-19-2008 09:51 PM

NOW you’re catching on. Of course, if what I’ve seen recently in the IRS is any indication, I’m clear until the next century before they get around to me.

I passed on the info c. the camera to the camera’s owner(s) (a couple who live down the hall from me, and who keep saying yes-no-yes-no re. a new dining room table and chairs), and they said it’s on its last legs, which probably also accounts for the many photos I took of my nose, leg, foot, carpet, etc., when the camera went off unexpectedly. Evidently trying to make me look stupid, the husband printed them all out. Huh. I don’t need his help to look stupid. I can do that myself.

BTW, everybody look at that harpsichord. I wish I could play as well as that machine. Heck, I’m not even sure I CAN play, any more.

-- Hibernicvs

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