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    Old growth vertical grain fir mantle and bookcases

    Built this for a client of mine using old growth vertical grain fir, finished with Target Coatings EM8000 conversion varnish with catalyst in a semi gloss sheen.



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    Beautiful design, so well integrated. Nicely done.
    Really like the bead board background - nice touch! Makes things around it POP! Glad you didn't totally hide it with shelved items.
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    In one hundred years some other family will be celibrating Christmas around that mantle.

    Nice balanced look with the size of the mirror above the opening.
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    Old growth vertical grain fir mantle and bookcases

    I like the look. That Doug fir will darken to a nice deep golden brown over years. Well done!
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    Your work is just fantastic Rich
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    That's outstanding! Never worked with fir, is it comparable to pine?

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    We have been doing a bunch with fir lately. so far everything we have done with it has been painted including the floor we are laying now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Daugherty View Post
    That's outstanding! Never worked with fir, is it comparable to pine?
    Short answer no
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    very different than pine. it is easily prone to tear out and can be tough to plane and mill. if ever there was a time to stand to the side when feeding stock through a machine this is one of those species. Also, if you aren't used to getting splinters before you start with this you definitely will be used to them when you are done.
    As you machine it the grain will lift along the corners usually at a very sharp point.. Sanding will do the same.
    Abrasive planing can be just as bad if a piece lifts. One piece ripped the paper right off the drum and went through the Velcro back. spent 20 minutes putting the machine back together...
    The end result is that it is a beautiful wood when all finished but the road to get there can be paved with frustration.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Soby View Post
    The end result is that it is a beautiful wood when all finished but the road to get there can be paved with frustration.....
    And lots of kindling
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