Miss Bobbies Table

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Project by pickpapa posted 09-01-2012 06:31 PM 2059 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just found these pictures and had to list it. Miss Bobbie is a precious lady and had become a dear friend of mine after meeting at work one day. She is old enough to be my mother and sometimes has acted that way.

She and her husband were renovating her childhood home, which her father built himself, and her husband was throwing out any “unnecessary” pieces of wood left around the house. She, being the sentimental person she is, socked away several shorter pieces found in the attic. Later, she came to me with a few pieces in her hands and asked if I could make her something with them for her to keep. After all, her Daddy had held that very wood and she is the quintessential Daddies girl.

After viewing each piece, I explained that it would be almost impossible to make anything with the wood. It all came from the attic and was warped, twisted, cupped, bowed, checked and plagued with any other problem wood can have. She looked at me with those sad little puppy dog eyes and said’ “even if it’s just a small box to keep papers in, I don’t care as long as I can keep it.” I told her I might be able to get a couple of book ends out of it. I had to mislead her a tad.

Well, her birthday was coming up and inspiration ensued and off I went making something out of nothing. I don’t know why I decided to try the chevron pattern, but by ripping all of it into 3/4 inch strips I could turn it 1/4 turn and have “new” wood to work with. Upon ripping the wood down, I discovered that I was working with antique fir.

I simply started with a 16 inch frame, found center and connected the four corners creating four squares to fill in. I glued each edge and pin nailed into the previous piece. After filling in all the open spaces, I discovered that the whole top bowed down like a wash basin. I then added the second outside band and put a strongback piece from side to side which straightened it right out. I completed it in one day and the next day could stand on it without a waver. This was done in my back yard using portable tools out of my work van. The finish was five or six coats of tongue oil with steel wool in between applications.

Time for delivery. Her husband knew I was on the way and she was in there travel trailer getting ready to go out for birthday dinner. I sneaked into her “under construction home” and covered the table for the great reveal. With spot light on and her being lead blindfolded, she stood before me not even knowing I was there. Her husband took away the blindfold and before she could even register the fact that I was there, I unveiled the table. She stumbled back a step, covered her mouth and cried with joy. She was blown away.

The outside band I had put on actually had the hole of a sinker framing nail where the nail head was embedded and her Daddy’s hammer tracks could be seen around where the nail had been driven.

As you can see, the opposing diagonal corners are one shade and the others are lighter. This has nothing to do with the way I chose the wood, or chose the direction. I just grabbed the next piece and used it. God’s design did the rest. This kind of project is what I love to do. I absolutely love blessing others with my God given talents and always try to remember to give Him the glory for it all because without Him I would never be able to dream of doing these things.

Thanks for looking. I hope this gives you an idea of how to recycle what others see as refuse and bless someone too. All comments are welcome.


-- Chuck.. aka Pickpapa`'`'`'`'`'` The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. Heb. 1:3

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#1 posted 09-01-2012 06:37 PM

That is a really table made with what you had to work with. Most importantly is that she appreciates it so much.

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#2 posted 09-01-2012 06:40 PM

That is really a great table and story to go with it. that will be a treasure for her!!!!!!!!!!........Jim

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

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#3 posted 09-01-2012 07:13 PM

Chuck, that is such a touching story. The table is beautiful and Miss Bobbie will cherish it forever. Your story and your kindness is illustrative of so many LJs. That is why I am so proud to a member of this group.


-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 09-01-2012 07:32 PM

Great story Chuck! The table is nice too!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#5 posted 09-01-2012 09:13 PM

It is so good to hear how your craft can Bless others, Good Job Chuck.
Be Blessed to be a Blessing! Ted

-- God determines the number of days, but you determine how they are spent. Ps 118:24

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#6 posted 09-01-2012 10:08 PM

Nice job Chuck, you cross eyed yet?

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#7 posted 09-01-2012 11:49 PM

That turned out really nice Chuck. What a great story.

-- Doug

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#8 posted 09-02-2012 05:09 AM

It is amazing what can be done from nothing when it is turned over to God. A great build for a person that needed that tie to her Father.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#9 posted 09-02-2012 12:12 PM

The piece is great, the story is even better. This is the best part of life.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 09-02-2012 12:31 PM

That’s a wonderful top and a nice table.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 09-02-2012 05:04 PM

Nice job on this, looks great. ... I did get a couple of tear drops on the key board reading this story. ... You are truly blessed.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#12 posted 09-03-2012 01:42 AM

Chuck! Great save on the antique fir, but mostly, what a very fine deed for a good friend. Beautiful design work, well done and sure to be loved and appreciated by future generations. Thanks for sharing this project and the wonderful story.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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