Knots are not a reason not to use it.

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Project by LeTurbo posted 02-01-2014 10:28 PM 1880 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another old project but, without a workshop right now, I’m living on past glories as I browse through some 35mm slides (yes, it’s that old).

So a friend wanted a “rustic” cabinet for his bathroom and showed me his antique oak table as a guide. I found some scrappy stuff at the lumber yard and picked it up for virtually nothing. You’ll note it’s … er, “highly figured”.

The legs are hexagonally cut cottonwood, the rest is all oak that I just finished with linseed oil so it would age naturally. He also wanted mitered corners everywhere, so I had to figure that in when doing the mortise-and-tenons.

This was also the first time I’d done fielded panels, so the corners aren’t quite accurate – I’ll blame the table saw. With a Triton, you’re using a circular saw that’s mounted upside down, so the blade doesn’t angle. Instead, you have to buy a separate guide, and then hold your workpiece on it as you cut with the vertical blade. It’s not particularly steady.

When I delivered it, I found his brief had been waaaaaaaaaaaay off. The rest of the bathroom was done with very dark, teak-like wood, very aged with erosion and worm-holes. Nothing at all like his antique oak table. Oh well. He only paid the equivalent of $60 for this.

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#1 posted 02-01-2014 11:00 PM

The cabinet is beautiful. The knots are what gives it the beauty. Great job on the build.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 02-02-2014 02:01 AM

In my opinion, knots are the reason to use it. Beautiful work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 02-02-2014 02:08 AM

Very cool,a real stand out.


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#4 posted 02-02-2014 02:47 AM

That looks great. LOVE the wood. Great job and welcome to LJ’s

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 02-02-2014 03:32 AM

This is not just functional, this is art! Truthfully, this makes me want to reconsider some of the wood I have passed on. Hopefully you’ll get back into the shop someday soon!

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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#6 posted 02-02-2014 02:24 PM

It looks amazing, I think the knots add a lot of character to the piece, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#7 posted 02-02-2014 03:15 PM

great looking cabnet

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#8 posted 02-02-2014 04:50 PM

I get called “crazy” alot by local cabinet makers—I love building stuff like this. I see a board with a knot in it and think “oooooh, I gotta make sure this get’s seen somewhere.” Others would call a knot useless and in the way—but I make them work. And stuff like what you have here is just pure eye-candy to me. Nature is not all straight lines and perfectly milled corners and edges!

Don’t be afraid to do more projects like this in the future!

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#9 posted 02-03-2014 06:18 AM

Thanks everyone – I appreciate your positivity, your welcomes, and your encouragement! Hopefully, I’ll get another space sometime soon.

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