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Forum topic by ctalbanese posted 03-24-2011 06:34 PM 1305 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2011 06:34 PM

Hello everyone – I’m a new LJ member and this is my first post, so please bear with me!

I’m planning on building a bedroom furniture set in the near future and just wanted to throw my ideas out there for comment. This will be my biggest single project to date. I’ve never had to purchase this much lumber at once, so I want to make sure I cover all of my bases before I begin. I plan to use walnut for the exterior and soft maple for the drawers and frame. I’m worried (my wife is especially worried) that if I spread my lumber buying out over a couple of months that I may end up with a bunch of furniture that doesn’t match. Would I be better off purchasing all of the lumber up front?

-- Chris

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#1 posted 03-24-2011 06:42 PM

I hate to say it, but your wife might be right (probably not a shocker). Obviously, lumber from a single log is ideal but I certainly don’t have that kind of luxury available. You can never have too much walnut, as far as I’m concerned. You might just have to belly up. Of course, it will depend upon your design; you may be able to get away with different sources. Of course again, it depends upon how you’re going to finish it. I’m guessing not ebonizing! Walnut is my favorite wood and I’m jealous of your project.

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#2 posted 03-24-2011 06:53 PM

First of all, welcom to LJ’s.

Second…it depends….if you are planning to use matching grains and clear finish…you would probably be better off getting wood from the same cutting. I you plan to stain or oil finish or to use clear unfigured woods…you can easily use woods from the same species without worrying about when it was cut or dried..etc. Walnut can be figured or clear….so your design should tell you which one you want to select.

Part of the planning for a good project is the cut list and layout. When making a large project….I will break it down into steps..I start with the design and then move to the cut setup….this is where you select the pieces to cut for their grain direction and figure (if in your design). A dry layout with the selected pieces will give you an idea as to how the grain and direction will impact your project. This is where you decide if matching or contrasting woods work for the look you want based on your design….I’ve changed alot of designs here as it is the wood that really makes the determination.

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#3 posted 03-25-2011 07:10 PM

Thanks for the comments. I think I’ll pony up the dough and purchase all of the walnut up front. I’ll definitely layout the pieces before I start cutting to be on the safe side.

I recently completed an entryway table that has a walnut top and curly maple base and finished it with a wipe-on oil/varnish blend I plan to use on the bedroom furniture. The finish is 1 part tung oil, 1 part spar varnish and 2 parts paint thinner. I really liked the results it gave and it was super easy to work with. Anybody have any experience with this type of finish? I wonder if it will be durable enough for bedroom furniture?

-- Chris

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