05-17-2016, 08:16 PM
  • Viking
  • Artisan - Soap & Cosmetics
  • Ames, Iowa
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This journey began back in 2007 when a friend who was an arborist for the City of Denver informed me that there were some nice Cherry logs they had cut down one day. I zipped down to pick them up and forced my then fiance to assist me in lugging them from my truck when I got home. She had on nice clothes from her internship that day and got them all dirty... A fact that I still receive flak for to this day.  Smile

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When I moved back to IA in 2008, I lugged these logs with me, determined to someday make some woodworking project from them (or several). It turned out an old high school friend of mine had a small saw mill at his house and so I happily took the logs over there to get rough milled. Well, they sat rough milled in and out of my garage for the next 6 years or so. I never achieved my goal. Back in 2014 when I was cleaning out the garage, I actually contemplated getting rid of this beautiful wood - I had offered some of it to a fellow woodworker - but was informed that it was probably past its prime... Determined, I started planing a few pieces and it looked very nice below the grayed surface. And I had been wanting to buy or build a razor display shelf for some time, so decided I'd design and build one. I got very close to completing the project, but for some reason the glue-up created a mental block for me and I kept putting it off. After another garage clean a few weeks ago, I decided I was going to finish the darn thing. Over the course of the last few days, I finished it up and installed it down in our basement bathroom, which I have recently occupied and firmly established as my 'Shave Den' since it sits neglected as my logs of cherry wood did for so long.

I'm very happy with how it turned out (there are a few minor things that I'd change if I did it over), and I can now finally say I finally made something with the wood I lugged across 3 states, 3 houses, and a storage unit, and several discussions starting with, "are you finally going to get rid of that wood?"  Biggrin

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(Still in the process of moving all my shaving stuff from master bath down to the 'Den')

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 05-17-2016, 08:27 PM
  • EricM
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  • Encinitas, CA
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Very nice design!  It looks great!

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 05-17-2016, 08:30 PM
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Awesome job Andrew. I just wish I had your wood working skills. Nice work.

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 05-17-2016, 08:39 PM
  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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Nice work! 
Well worth the wait and the flak I'd wager. 
And if you're still together and speaking, she can't have been that mad at you!

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 05-18-2016, 01:12 AM
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Looks great! You did a great job!

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 05-18-2016, 01:29 AM
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Beautiful! Knowing where the lumber came from and making the shelf yourself makes it even more special.

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 05-18-2016, 03:23 AM
  • eengler
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  • South Dakota, USA
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Very Nice Work!

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 05-18-2016, 05:56 AM
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Wow that looks really nice!

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 05-18-2016, 05:19 PM
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Great piece of woodwork with a great story behind it.

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 05-19-2016, 03:45 AM
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Very beautiful work !!!!

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 05-20-2016, 02:26 PM
  • geezer
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  • Menomonie, Western WI
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You do nice work!
I like the scale of the project to the space it is in.


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 05-20-2016, 04:02 PM
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Very nice work. Congrats !


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