Which one would you choose?

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Blog entry by turkva posted 03-18-2009 04:21 PM 995 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey all you LumberJocks out there. I am getting to ready to start a new project, which would you prefer to read about? A flag display case and shadow box, or an Arts and Crafts end table. Both will be made from a couple of oak trees a friend of mine had taken down about two years ago. I just moved into a new shop, and in the process of moving all of that lumber, I figured it was finally time to put it to good use. It has air dried is down to around 8%. It has been in my new shop for over a month (I know, I know, I am also remodeling my old house so we can get it sold), so it is well acclimated.

The flag case and shadow box is for my fathers flag that the Navy draped over his coffin in 1980, the shadow box will house some of his medals and other memorabilia. The end table will be a present for my mother. Not sure if any of you would be interested in either project, just thought I would try to post something people would want to read.

Here are a couple of SketchUp exports of both:

Flag Display:
Flag Display Drawing

End Table:
End Table Drawing

I want to document the process from design, to milling the rough lumber, to the finish with pictures and words. And maybe even pick up a few tips and tricks along the way. I also think it would be cool to take input from members and tweak the design to maybe make it more appealing to a wider range of people.

Thanks for reading! Looking forward to your feedback.


-- Accept Nothing, Challenge Everything

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 03-18-2009 04:34 PM

As a fan of mission style furniture I am hardly without bias as to which I would rather see. But to tell you the truth I would rather see the table done first and then the display box would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift. Both designs look good to me and, at least for me, getting the design set is the crucial step to starting to make sawdust.

By the way how about posting some pictures of your shop when you get a chance?

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

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#2 posted 03-18-2009 04:55 PM

I would like to see the flag display and shadow box first. That is the next thing I want to start on. Also a fan of the mission style furniture and would definitely like to see it too.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#3 posted 03-18-2009 05:02 PM

I was kind of leaning towards the Flag Display first, simply because I think it would be a quicker project. I can’t wait to start the end table, hence the post here. I think I will go with majority rules on this one. Thanks for the input. Not sure abolut the shop pictures, it is kind of embarrassing how much crap woman (My lovely wife), can stick in the workshop so we could move into the new house. Funny, we moved into the house in late August, and it is still in there! I was hoping to get it cleaned out before posting any pictures. It is 30’ by 40’, and litterally half is crap that doesn’t belong in there!

All right, I’m through venting, I’ll clean up the shop half and get some pictures.

Thanks for the comments guys!

-- Accept Nothing, Challenge Everything

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Tim Pursell

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#4 posted 03-18-2009 06:46 PM

It all depends on your skill/comfort level. The shadow box shuld be less chalenging ( if you can cut perfect miters), the table has more pieces & probably a bunch of M&T joints to make.
I’m biased, make the table. I like it better. LOL


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#5 posted 03-18-2009 07:01 PM

You are right about the mortise and tenon joints! Each of those spindles between the apron and bottom rails are all M&T joints. I built a morris chair that pretty much matches this table a couple of years ago, so it shouldn’t bee too hard. As for the miters, no problem there, a lot of scrap wood and some patience and it will work itself out! Thanks for your recommendation.

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#6 posted 03-18-2009 07:37 PM

I’m currently looking for information on a flag display like you have suggested, so I vote for the shadow box first. I also want to make new bed side tables, so the table can be second…

-- John - Tampa, FL - American components, Russian components..... ALL MADE IN TIAWAN!

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