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Forum topic by TEK73 posted 11-10-2019 11:44 AM 408 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TEK73

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11-10-2019 11:44 AM

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Hi

Trough the «roll the dice» a lot of old projects pop ups. Lovely poctures of great craftmanship.
However, I always wonder «how did that hold up», did everything work as expected? Did the wood shrink and cracks open – leaving the pice even more lovely or totally useless? Did the color stay the same, did it get gray and dull or just even nicer as the years passed?

Why not post the current state of some of your oldest projects?
Ideally – a picture from when it was brand new (not required) and one as it is today – and a short comment about how it did – or did not – stand the challanges of time.

I’m rellly hope you all will share – it would be very interesting to hear your experience, both good and bad – it will all be very useful info for mine and others new projects.

-- It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ursula K. LeGuin


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#1 posted 11-11-2019 02:11 AM

thats a great idea especially from guys where you have large swings of temp and humidty.in socal ive never had issues with shrinkage or expansion.hopefully someone will report the issues theve had.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 11-11-2019 01:59 PM

Before:

Now:

I built this birdhouse in 2011. I used bald cypress. When I bought it I was told that it would hold up outside without a finish. https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/51116

The bids don’t care, there is always some living there.

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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#3 posted 11-11-2019 03:14 PM

Looks “perfect” Hairy, like it has been there forever.

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#4 posted 11-11-2019 04:07 PM

Funny that this came up because I was just using these hold downs the other day and thinking how often I still use them and how well they have held up. They were a very quick and very dirty project but they’ve been worth their weight in gold for 4+ years now :-)

I don’t have a current picture but they look the same, just dirtier…

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-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 11-11-2019 05:23 PM

I built this about two years ago. It is almond wood and the legs are holm oak. It was supposed to have blue glass for the top. I got an estimate for 350euros to have the glass custom fit, and thought, ya know what, NO! No one is gonna buy it anyway, as it is a bit funky, I thought. Probably, I could have found a cheaper glass solution, but I dont really have a large circle of glass-cutting friends here. This piece was always in the way and I got tired of trippin over it and so I cut it up the other day to see if I could slavage some of it for boxes.

Punchline: there were termites all through it! And I had “treated” all the wood before going to the finish step.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)

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#6 posted 11-11-2019 07:26 PM

Ouch, termites – hope you did not get any of those in your house.
A butiful piece, to bad it did not find a nice future.

-- It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ursula K. LeGuin

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#7 posted 11-11-2019 07:33 PM

I built this some years ago

Now it looks like this:

And as I did not allow for wood momvement, one part of it got a crack – but it is hard to see and do not cause any practical issue – but it was a good lesson learned, I’m a bit better to considerate wood movement now.

-- It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ursula K. LeGuin

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