Not so fine furniture

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First is yesterday’s project. I still need to finish it (pun kind of intended ). I like to refer to this as not-so-fine furniture. It is my attempt to make something useful out of a miserably warped piece of 1/2in Birch that I had picked up. I got as far as top/bottom trimming it, but I still need to trim out the front of the shelves and case.

Overall it was a good learning piece. I learned that warped wood is more trouble than it is worth to mill and pull into alignment. Rabbet cuts should not pass all the way through on the cap pieces of the cabinet. Brads are prone to shooting out the side of 1/2in material.

Fortunately this learning piece will be destined to the kids playroom for toy storage. It replaces an erector set storage cube assembly that broke for the last time yesterday and dumped toys all over.

One note on the shelves. I decided not to glue them. Since the wood is fairly warped I wanted to monitor it for a while. So I brad mounted some strips to the walls and shelves to these strips. Had the wood been flat I would have preferred the dado approach.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#1 posted 07-07-2008 07:41 PM

Nothing wrong with this!

Using materials that would otherwise be scraped, is an excellent way to learn. My shop is filled with cabinets and shelves made from exactly the same type of stuff.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 07-07-2008 08:07 PM

Hi Doug;

Again Lew hit it on the head. Looks just fine. We all started with limited knowledge in this subject, and the best teacher is experience.

Just so long as you end up with the same amount of fingers at the end of the day, it’s a success. (and they have to be the same length as they started).


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Callum Kendall

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#3 posted 07-07-2008 08:18 PM

Looks fine!

Thanks for the post


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#4 posted 07-07-2008 08:32 PM

Looks good to me Doug…. I think Lee Jesberger said it best….

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 07-08-2008 04:02 AM


This is a nice piece. It looks just fine to me as well. I am sure that the kids will get plenty of use out of it. In fact, I am sure that they will fill it up quickly and you probably should be considering building another one. :)

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

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#6 posted 07-08-2008 05:24 AM

Thanks for the kind words. I will post back once I have it fully trimmed and a layer of finish on it. My wife quickly loaded it up and put it into service as you see it. I put the bow facing up on the shelves in hopes that loading it for a couple weeks will bring them into alignment.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#7 posted 07-09-2008 04:50 AM

Looks “fine” to me.

Fine furniture is that which does what intended and is as visually appealing as is acceptable for its location. That means its just “fine” for what its used for!!

Not to upset some of the more august members of this forum, which produce items that exhibit “fine” artistry and “fine” craftsmanship made of “fine” materials which = Qualities that impart a “fine” value!

And the only way to get there is by doing!! (My stuff falls in sentence 1 & 2 category!!)



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