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Offline Rob-GB

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From Bonfire to Furniture
« on: March 16, 2017, 11:55 AM »
Late last summer I rescued some boards of American Black Walnut (ABW) that had been leftover from a job, by a client of mine. They were discarding a fair bit of surplus flooring via a blooming great bonfire  [eek]
All of it was tongued and grooved and of various lengths which I initially thought might be useful in making some jigs or workshop fittings, so it got set aside until I got a reminder that I had promised to make a couple of small tables for "her indoors". [big grin]
A few years ago I made a chessboard from scraps of ABW and Maple and had wanted to make a table to support it but time and materials to hand had stalled the project...so I came up with this solution last week.



A table with a drawer for the chess board and two side tables that can be used as game piece placing and refreshments/side tables for the sofa.
I turned two Maple Pawns to act as drawer pulls.



The side tables also nest under the chess board apron


After sawing both the tongue and grooved sides off the boards I was left with 93mm so the aprons are 90mm and the legs are each cut from one board width: I.E. I cut the legs slightly over length then ripped that piece in half before resawing them with a 45° bevel with the TS55 in my CMS which gave a clean enough cut to glue them to form legs using masking tape to clamp them.
Legs were joined to the aprons with two 6x30 dominoes at each joint.



Drawer box was from some 10mm thick Wenge and jointed with 4mm Dominoes with a 6mm ABW bottom (ripped from the 16mm stock I was left with after planing the grooves and name stamp out of the flooring boards underside.



Chess pieces are from a UK company and seem to fit in well. The rail under the drawer is cut from the same piece as the drawer face so that the grain lines up pretty well. I used Liberon Finishing Oil on this project and expect the tables and chess board base to mellow over time to match the ABW of the older chess board.
I hate to see good timber wasted and think this is a good use of rescued materials.
Hope you like it and thanks for looking in.
Rob.



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Offline charley1968

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Re: From Bonfire to Furniture
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2017, 03:52 PM »
Looking really good, Rob
Just for today..

Offline HarveyWildes

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Re: From Bonfire to Furniture
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2017, 05:16 PM »
Awesome - I processed about 300 ft2 of Walnut flooring from a friends kitchen a while back.  I'm using it to build a rolling hand tool cart that will top out just below bench level.  This is encouraging.

Offline mike_aa

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Re: From Bonfire to Furniture
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2017, 08:33 PM »
Rob, That is a really nice looking project.  It's great that you were able to used discards to make something of such beauty!

Thanks for sharing!

Mike A.

Offline Rob-GB

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Re: From Bonfire to Furniture
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2017, 01:06 PM »
Thanks guys, I really get a kick out making stuff by re-purposing wood as some of my other posts have shown and I have done very little woodwork over the last year due to playing with diggers and drainage and lime plastering/concreting. So this project was good for my soul  [big grin].

Rob.
Problem? No such thing! Only a solution waiting to be found:- RJ

"A $2 guppy swims......" Deke

Offline Paul G

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Re: From Bonfire to Furniture
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2017, 05:01 PM »
Black walnut into a bonfire.  [eek] some folks just don't have a clue. Well done!
+1

Offline charley1968

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Re: From Bonfire to Furniture
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2017, 03:09 AM »
Aye, Paul. I thought the same thing. To be honest: i've never worked with walnut, cos it's so expensive over here. And special order and what not. But it's a good thing that people are more aware nowadays and reclaim instead of just throw away.
Just for today..