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Project by balidoug posted 06-03-2012 12:01 PM 2087 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while back a friend and former reclaimed wood dealer gave me a small collection of scraps and cut-offs when she sold her business. It seemed only fitting she receive the first product from that collection. It is a simple “Shaker” style lap desk; my third such effort, but my first effort with this sort of material.

The wood being, as you see, rather worn, cleaning and preparing it was a bit like playing “pass the parcel”. I had no idea what was underneath until it was there. Steel brush and plane yielded up some benkerai, from which I made the sides, and a little bit of iron wood which made up the breadboard ends. The top may be teak, weathered and worn, with bit of marine pigment that worked its way inward over the ages.

The construction then, is necessarily eclectic; but that, I think, matches the gift.

Made by hand

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#1 posted 06-03-2012 02:43 PM

- From such crooked wood as that which this project is made of, something straight can be fashioned, and you did. I would have looked at your material with dismay but you have given it a lovely second life. Nice dovetails, with an eclectic top board mix for sure.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#2 posted 06-03-2012 02:53 PM

A fine job and thoughtful gift.


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#3 posted 06-03-2012 03:38 PM

Beautiful work and what an adventure. A successful treasure hunt. We must find you a hat with a large brim and a whip like that guy from … what was it … Raiders of the Lost Arc? Do you use a metal detector when reclaiming wood?

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#4 posted 06-03-2012 03:58 PM

That’s an incredible transformation. Well done.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#5 posted 06-03-2012 06:34 PM

I love reclaimed lumber. It makes you feel like your getting away with a crime. Great project and gift. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#6 posted 06-04-2012 01:20 AM

Looking at what you made this from, this is an amazing hand tool accomplishment. And a very nice thank you gift.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 06-04-2012 05:39 AM

Thanks, everyone. The small stack shown drying is only a small part of the “legacy”. My yield on this particular project was about 30-40% usable wood, but I may be able to do better in the future. In this case I selected boards from which I hoped to get the desired components, and cleaned them. I may reverse the process, and clean the wood first and then see what may be made of it.

I did not use a metal detector. I did look around for one, but could not find one locally and was not inclined to pay the customs duty to import one. Most of the wood is, as I understand it, marine salvage, so metal fasteners would not be practical; until recently, local small craft were joined, and in many pieces I can see the pegs and mortises. Indeed, working with and around them will be interesting. Also, as a hand-tool user I don’t have to worry too much about projectile shrapnel flying off and killing me, or worse, one of my daughter’s cats. The risk is damage to the soles of my planes. The scouring process is pretty thorough and I think would reveal most dangers.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#8 posted 06-07-2012 04:18 AM

Great save and beautiful box!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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