A Sideboard cloaked in Osgood oak


Synopsis: John Cameron discovered the stack of badly warped English brown oak boards in Jere Osgood’s outbuilding as Osgood was closing his workshop and promoting off his inventory. He spent a number of time on these warped boards, and so they lastly gave up their inside magnificence. This sideboard is the outcome.

When Jere Osgood was closing his New Hampshire workshop a number of years again and promoting off his extraordinary trove of wooden, John Cameron wandered right into a small shed and located a stack of badly warped boards sawn 14 in. thick and coated with years of grime. Dismissing a board, he noticed it was quartersawn English brown oak. Usable? He wasn’t in any respect certain. However he was impressed, and again at his store in Gloucester, Mass., he started working designing a sideboard. He cleaned the boards, then repeatedly soaked them with a mix of glycerin, alcohol, and water and stacked and weighted them. After per week of coaxing, the wooden was simply pliable sufficient that with a bandsaw jig he devised, he may press the planks briefly flat and resaw them in two. He thickness-sanded them at a good friend’s store, and after they have been about 116 in. thick, he says, “this cantankerous wooden magically stopped combating and have become superbly behaved and completely flat.” With somewhat extra magic within the making, Osgood’s outdated boards quickly cloaked Cameron’s new sideboard. The cupboard’s inside is ash, its drawers are holly, and its base is toasted ash. Cameron engraved acanthus leaves on the nickel-silver escutcheon.

Sideboard Design Sideboard Ooened

—Jonathan Binzen

Pictures: Invoice Truslow

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