Only Maple.....almost - Part 1

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Project by JL7 posted 03-28-2013 01:29 AM 5977 views 11 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These pieces have been in the shop too long…............

It’s the first part of my living room remodel. I will eventually post some pictures when they are in place, but I have more stuff to build first…...

Here are the basic rules I made up as I went:

- Maple…
- No mechanical fasteners…..
- Some common inlays (non maple) ok…
- All materials either reclaimed, cut-offs or rough beyond standard cabinet grade…..
- Different joinery acceptable
- No plywood…

There is a mix of soft and hard maple, some curly, some ex-bowling alley lane.

Pic 6 above is without finish.

All finish is Maloof that I mixed here – all surfaces have 6-8 coats but learned a lot in the process….

A couple of build specs:

End Tables and Entry Bench:
- Basically all box joints, including the drawers made from glued up parts, not cut joints.
- End tables are dual sided so drawers slide both ways.
- Raw earth magnets locate the drawer in the home position.
- Sliding pencil tray in drawers…looking for some function here..
- Spring loaded bookends for the end tables….

Coffee Table:
- Top is reclaimed bowling alley lane, except the 2 long outside parts, which are curly pieces added to cover nail holes.
- Pegged mortise and tenon legs
- Curly maple X-Frame stretcher with optional removable shelf – time will tell which design prevails…

Entertainment Center:
- All horizontal surfaces are bowling lane….
- All joints (except for the the removable top shelf) are sliding dovetails….
- The top (removable) shelf will hold the TV with the Center Speaker under….
- Curly maple edging to cover the bowling lane nail holes…
- Spring loaded bookends for the lower shelf…
- Back panels are thin maple panels with half laps that slide in from the sides and are adjustable later…..
- Extended shelf in front will hold the Onkyo receiver…...
- The goofy little stand (to the left) will hold cable box and DVD player….

Sorry for the long post…...If you made it this far….thanks for looking, and more to come. Looking forward to making more sawdust soon!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 03-28-2013 01:35 AM

I got the urge to go bowling…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#2 posted 03-28-2013 01:36 AM

cool furniture!

-- Joel

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#3 posted 03-28-2013 01:48 AM

Holy smokes! You have been busy. Great use of your stash scraps. Some unique design features too. They all look stout, and heavy. Looking forward to install pictures. Cool stuff.

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#4 posted 03-28-2013 02:35 AM

Jeff, I know how hard you worked on these! Let me be the first to say it was time well spent. The coffee table is my favorite piece. The spring loaded book stops were very ingenious! Got any pics of cove cutting on your TS?

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

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#5 posted 03-28-2013 02:56 AM

Thanks guys….

Shane….heavy is right….look out stubbed toes…..

Andy – No cove cutting photos sorry….but I think I mentioned before, I go real simple on the cove cuts, a simple angled fence (straight edge) behind the blade and take shallow cuts. The Wood Whisperer has the fancy version which is better yet…...

Appreciate the comments.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 03-28-2013 03:13 AM

Super duper Jeff, excellent.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#7 posted 03-28-2013 03:32 AM

Love the maple (I am in Vermont!)....
Love the spring loaded bookends….
Love the inlays….

OK, love it ALL!!!

Looking forward to parts 2, 3. 4…...

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#8 posted 03-28-2013 04:08 AM

Jeff they turned out great ,the finish really made it pop out there and thats some solid furniture there ,if any one ever picks up any of it to trow at ya you better run ducking aint going to work

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#9 posted 03-28-2013 04:12 AM

Very cool. I especially like the double sided end table, the coffee table, and the TV stand. I love that they’re different from what I normally like, but still like it all the same. Nice work :-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#10 posted 03-28-2013 04:38 AM

Totally goodness!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#11 posted 03-28-2013 09:11 AM

I like the inlays, especially the Minnesota one!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#12 posted 03-28-2013 09:12 AM

I like the creativity. Being unique is what makes it special. Nicely done.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#13 posted 03-28-2013 10:42 AM

Two words for you: Maple madness!

Also, Jaw on floor… ok, that one was three words

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#14 posted 03-28-2013 10:53 AM

then are some very sharp pieces thanks for posting

-- greg indiana

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#15 posted 03-28-2013 11:13 AM

Jeff I look at each picture and look at the hard work you put into it.
The inlays are awesome. I see crazy angles that would have drove me nuts. (short drive)
Man these are going to look great in the house. Well done and well executed.
And I think how stout these have to be.
Nice work!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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