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Project Information

Wood And Materials Used
Western juniper stumps, African wenge.
Tools Used
Stihl 064 with 36" bar, Bosch 1617 EVSPK plunge router, Porter cable belt sander, Hutchins air sander, Eastwood buffer, Honda pressure washer
Location
Northwest Oregon
I used my Stihl 064 chainsaw to cut chairs out of Western juniper (Juniperus occidentalis) stumps.



The truck loaded with slabs cut with my Alaska chainsaw mill left little room to haul the stumps.



So we drug a few of the stumps out with my brother's old Humvee.



First step back at home was to use a 4000 psi pressure washer to blast the bark off. Then I used the chainsaw to "plunge cut" the bottom area out. Plunge cutting with a chainsaw takes practice. You push the tip of the bar into the wood, being careful to avoid kickback because the tip of a chainsaw is very prone to kickback.



The back of this chair has a lot of character.



A niece and nephew were graduating from high school so I built two chairs for them. Eric is an avid baseball player. I used a plasma cutter to cut his name from 1/8" thick stainless steel, and a buffer to polish the stainless steel. African wenge was used for the baseball bat. This was in 2016 and these were the first inlays I ever attempted (I have done many more inlay projects since then). I used a Bosch 1617 EVSPK plunge router for inlaying.



Amber loves cats, so I used photos of her cats to make cat inlays. In this first time inlay work, I used paint to color the cats. In inlay projects since then, I now use various woods with their natural colors instead of paint.



Both chairs finished. I used a pecan stain and three coats of Deft marine spar clear finish. The chairs are on a covered deck, protected from direct sunlight. Even so, after several years the radiant UV sunlight has destroyed the clear finish. It is cracking and bubbling. I never really liked the pecan stain. Now that the finish has failed, sometime this winter I will bring them back to my shop, strip the finish and refinish with a finish such as Waterlux marine finish that does not sit on top of the wood like polyurethanes do. Also I won't use a stain - the natural juniper colors will show.

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Those are nice, well done.
 

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Man that’s a lot of work but definitely one of a kind items. They’ve also already apparently been enjoyed for years with many more to come I hope
 

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Juniper ?????
 

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Juniper ?????
Yes, it is western juniper (Juniperus occidentalis). They get huge - I have seen oldgrowth western juniper that are over three feet in diameter. Western juniper is popular for rustic furniture. Also it is used for fenceposts. It is so rot resistant that an old saying says "juniper fence posts will last longer than the fence post hole."
Western Juniper
The Tree That Ate the West - bioGraphic
 

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I absolutely love these chairs!
 

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I hate to say this, but I think you missed a great opportunity. My son just sent me this under the title "A Fool And His Money." Note the price!

 

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