Shutdown: Three Drawer Woodpile


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I blundered across this rather whimsical piece of furniture made by Mark Moskovitz, and I was assaulted by several impressions all at once. The strongest was “Good lord! Look at all of that end grain that he had to deal with!”. For a woodworker, dealing with the end grain on wood is always a pain. It wants to tear rather than cut cleanly, even with very sharp tools, and can be very tricky to glue depending on the species of wood. It’s also a lot weaker than face grain so fasteners don’t hold as well. It’s just a big pain in the butt to work with generally, and to see something like the piece above, well, the guy who made it has a lot of patience.

The next thing that came to mind is splinters. Also, corners. Have you ever dealt with a woodpile? Would you want one in your bedroom? Every time you walked by the thing you would bang a limb on one of the thousands of sharp corners present, giving you bruises in weird places and probably splinters in weird places too. If your wife wears nylons and throws them everywhere when she removes them, she’s not going to be impressed with this thing after she flings a couple onto it and rips them to pieces pulling them off.

Good luck with setting anything on top of it, like pictures, change, cuff links or just jewelry in general. Not many level flat areas and lots of cracks and gaps to lose stuff in.

It is kind of cute and clever, but I wouldn’t want the damned thing in my house.

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