One Good Deed Deserves Another
It was great to see a post go up yesterday by Chris Schwarz on Popular Woodworking about our visit to Midwest Woodworking. It was great to see a gem like them getting some publicity. Chris’ commentary on the available wood did a great job on what is available, but honestly setting up a time to go visit like he suggests is really the way to go.
Piles of lumber go only so far to sell what’s in his 30,000+ sq/ft warehouse. So I figured I’d compliment Chris’ post with a few shots of some of my completed pieces that have used lumber from Midwest Woodworking.
The most recent piece is the Traveling Anarchist Tool Chest in walnut. This used four beautiful 13″+ wide boards that I was able to cherry pick from a pile. I also want to thank Chris for the recommendation on the Horton Brasses hardware. Definitely go with 3 hinges. It really beefs things up. If you want to stay true to the pine construction, you won’t believe what you’ll find. Trust me. I’ll bring this to WIA 2012 this year if you want to take a look.
Another piece I built was a slab-style table and benches for my in-laws. This was made from Niangon, a West African species that is an oily, splintery, but beautifully golden color. Typically used in timber frame and boat building in Europe.
My fireplace and mantle was built with some fantastic book matched veneer of walnut and a massive 16/4 chunk.
I also am nearly finished with a set of lounge chairs made from ribbon sapele. These were made from two 16′ x 9″ x 10/4 sticks. They are perfectly matched and quartersawn. I’ve never seen color and figure like this from sapele. Frank David has about a shipping container worth of this stuff. ~ $6.50 bd/ft sound reasonable to you?
The other great example is a 6′ x 4′ study table built from a single piece of block mottle figured Makore (African Cherry). The slab started at 17′ x 36″ x 8/4 piece. One glue joint on the top. This stuff has some sick figure and lost of silica in it. If you are interested in a full 24′ long boule log, he’s got a few of those if you are interested.