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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Ricardo Kuhn, Nov 8, 2009.
:huh Damn... nice work!
Thanks! It is rare when I get a filthy rich client who doesn't care about cost!
what species wood is that? the first picture I would have thought Claro walnut, but the assembly photo seems too light.
Beautiful work and finish
No drooling on the furniture, please.
Out here in the west, this wood has become all the rage. It is alder; this in particular is "rustic" alder (a step between clear and knotty). It is easy to machine and stains wonderfully. It is also extremely soft and prone to damage. It grows along the west coast and is unique because it is deciduous and bares cones.
After being "distressed" (beaten to death with nuts, bolts, keys and a board with screws sticking out of it), the final finish is an oil-based stain, two coats gloss pre-cat lacquer and a topcoat of satin.
Don't paint it. It looks great like that. In fact, sand it with some heavier grit paper to bring out that texture even more; it matches the look of the characters.
Great project, BTW.
I just finished this bar, paneled birtch base stained in ebony w/ copper top:
Nice. The top must have cost a pretty penny. Hey, can ya move those stools aside and take another pic of the base?
I've got 8 old oak church pews for wood, and I'm building one up downstairs, but need some ideas for the base paneling.
Heres 1 way , use ply for the panels and app molding around that
Save the Oak Hardwood for where you need it .
Mine's going to be a bit bigger, and sort of a curved L-shape. Oak is for the top, although I do have one panel that I haven't sorted out how to use it. Maybe as part of the back. It's the curving bit that is going to be tedious. Bending anything but plywood will take some fixturing and steam to get it going right.
Curved bar rail in a 4 ft radius is not cheap :huh but that is how it usually works for me.
Made these 20 years ago. Surgical instruments for spinal implants to correct scoliosis. The only parts not made are the 2 button head allens holding the spring to the handle.
Awesome stuff, XR. Does that place on the north side if I-90 just east of Post Falls right at the Highway 41 exit still run alder? Seems like they used to make furniture parts or something there and it was all alder they ran.
They run pretty much everything, but alder is booming so it just seems that way! Link: Aagesen Millworks
Damn, that is a really nice looking piece of furniture.
I've been seriously thinking about a Murphy bed setup in one of our spare rooms but with not nearly the ornate-ness of your project
I'd be interested in what hardware you used for the fold-down functionality. Have you done anything like this before and what pitfalls to look out for.
Great job. I'm jealous.
http://www.wallbed.com/ The hardware is around $300, and come with easy-to-follow instructions and an assembly DVD.
I've done quite a few of them, but that is one of the few that I am proud to show pics of. The clients usually pick some off-the-wall wood or color combo that is hideous. There is really nothing to watch out for, as long as you follow the directions. Over the years, I have learned to alter them a little bit to handle the weight of all of that "ornate-ness."
Here is a more basic one:
Still trying to figure out my edge former so I whipped this out. I think it turned out incredible... Usually things like this end up as scrap when I touch 'em. :huh
Drew up a shape on a piece of paper real quick, traced it onto some aluminum and hacked it out.
Ran it through the slip roll to give it a bit of a curve and tried it on with some duct tape
Did a little creative measuring... Made some brackets to mount it to the headlight ears, and viola!
Now maybe someday I'll start on the tank...
wow. another nice one...you should be proud of that too.
thanks a bunch for the link.