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Log Furniture07 Feb 2006 09:50 am

Modern Rustics is now offering a lodgepole log and slate wine rack. This log wine rack is built for beauty and functionality. The top two storage bars hold six wine bottles each. The bottom of the wine rack is a modified diamond storage rack which can hold between 25 and 40 bottles of the wine depending on the bottles. We also offer the rack with all straight bars if you prefer to have the horizontal easy access storage over the larger storage capacity. With the four log horizontal storage racks the log wine rack will hold 30 bottles of wine. The rack is 36 inches wide and 4 feet tall and 16 inches deep.

Log Wine Storage Rack Front View Log Wine Rack Front View

Log Wine Storage Rack Slate Top View Log Wine Rack

Log Wine Rack Slate Top View

The top of the wine rack is natural slate with dark grout and has been sealed by us for durability and beauty. The slate top makes a perfect place to set up your wine tasting parties, cheese displays, or wine bottle opener.

As with all our furniture, our lodgepole pine log wine rack is 100% solid wood and hand crafted by us when you order it. All of our furniture comes pre-sealed with the highest quality lacquer.

The Lodgepole Log and Slate Wine Rack is available for $400 by emailing Modern Rustics or by calling direct 360.903.7141. You can also visit the Modern Rustics Website at http://www.ModernRustics.com.

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Log Furniture20 Sep 2005 09:35 am

My furniture business: Modern Rustics Log Furniture, creates custom hand crafted log furniture. We recently have custom designed and crafted 4 log bar stools for a customer. We have added these stools to our portfolio of available furniture. These stools are available for sale at $95 each. We will create these stools for you at the height you need and with either the more rustic logs (shown below) or our modern logs (as seen in most other pieces). You can also contact me or visit the Modern Rustics Webisite at http://www.ModernRustics.com about a custom design or as always any custom log furniture request you may have.

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Log Furniture01 Sep 2005 10:37 am

My log furniture business, Modern Rustics, is now taking orders for hand crafted custom designed lodgepole pine log furniture. Below are some pictures and descriptions of the furniture I am currently selling. If you would like another piece of furniture contact me and I will give you a quote. All of the furniture is designed in a rustic modern style with clean lines and rustic materials (slate, pine, lodge pole logs) and therefore matches nicely and would be a compliment to not only a cabin but even a modern home. I also am selling hand pealed lodgepole pine logs by the foot if you want to make your own log furniture. To learn more you can also visit the Modern Rustics Website at http://www.ModernRustics.com.

KING LODGEPOLE LOG BED — $650
This gorgeous bed comes complete with log head board, log foot board, log side rails and pine horizontal bed supports. The bed also has 4 log supports that add extra support to the center of the bed. All of the joints are full 2 inch tenons. The head and foot board joints are guled together with elastic glue to make for a squeek free bed. The bed comes in the following pieces for transport and so it can fit through your doors 🙂 Log Head Board, Log Foot Board, four side rails, eight 2×2 pine supports, three 8 inch log bed supports. The bed rails are all screwed into the head and foot boards with 4 inch carrage bolts and the bolts are covered with log end caps that give the appearance of a full through tenon joint. A $75-$150 delivery fee includes set-up in your house within 3 hours of Portland, OR.

King Log Bed King Log Bed Side View
More pictures of the king bed without the mattress are available below posts. or at our Eagle Crest Vacation Rental Website

QUEEN LODGEPOLE LOG BED — $550
This wonderful bed is the perfect addition to any bedroom. The queen size log bed is built the same as the king bed with the exception of only 2 log side rails (1 for each side). Another side rail can be added for additional $50 cost if you like the look of the double side rails. The queen bed also includes 6 horizontal bed supports because it is smaller than the king. A $75-$150 delivery fee includes set-up in your house within 3 hours of Portland, OR.

Queen Log Bed Queen Log Bed Side View
More pictures of the queen bed are available at our Eagle Crest Vacation Rental Website

TWIN OVER FULL LODGEPOLE PINE LOG BUNK BED — $950
TWIN OVER TWIN LODGEPOLE PINE LOG BUNK BED — $850
See the previous post for a full description and pictures of the log bunk bed. A $100-$150 delivery fee includes set-up in your house within 3 hours of Portland, OR.

Log Twin Over Full Bunk Bed Log Twin Over Full Bunk Bed

SLATE TOP LOG COFFEE TABLE — $325
SLATE TOP LOG SOFA/HALLWAY TABLE — $325
MOSAIC SLATE TOP BEDSIDE TABLE WITH DRAWER — $295
MOSAIC SLATE TOP END TABLE — $275
These matching tables are all built with lodge pole logs, slate tops, and pine accents. These tables are very durable and with slate tops you never have to worry about someone putting their drink or feet on your table. The log coffee table is 2 feet x 4 feet and 20 inches high, has 5 inch diameter log legs with 3 inch and 2 inch logs forming the underneath ledge. The log sofa/hallway table is 18 inches x 4 feet x 3 feet high, has 3 inch diameter log lets and 2 inch logs forming the underneath ledge. The top of this table has 12” x 12” natural slate tiles down the center and 2” with African slate tiles adding a decorative toucn along the edge. The bedside tables are 16 inch x 20 inch x 32 inch high with mosiac natural slate tops and pine drawers. The mosiac tops add a artistic touch and make these an outstanding addition to any of the beds. The end table is 16 inch x 20 inch x 26 inches high with a mosiac top. All of these pieces are designed to match perfectly together and compliment any of our beds. Please contact us about shipping prices for any of these pieces. We are able to ship these across the country.

Lodge Pole Log Bed Side Table Log End Table and Log Coffee Table Log Bed Side Table Log Sofa / Hall Table Log Living Room Group
More pictures of the log furniture are available at our Eagle Crest Vacation Rental Website

LOG FRAMED MIRROR — $75
This 24 inch x 32 inch mirror looks perfect in any log furniture room. We use a great quality 1/4 inch thick mirror and log frame to make this piece. If you let us know if you want to hang it vertically or horizontally we will add the mounting hardware for you. Please contact us about shipping prices for this mirror. We are able to ship it across the country.

Lodge Pole Log Mirror Log Mirror with Queen Log Bed

KNOTTY PINE ARMOIRE — $1000
This modern looking pine armoire fits most all 32 inch televisions and includes shelves for stereo and dvd equipment. The armoire is 6 feet high, 3 feet wide, and 2 feet deep and includes ball bering sliding doors that are add a very modern and unique feel. As always this furniture is 100% solid pine. A $75 delivery fee includes set-up in your house and delivery within 3 hours of Portland, OR.

Pine Armoire With Sliding Doors Pine Armoire and Living Room Group Pine Armoire and Living Room Group

FAUX SUEDE CUBES — $75
These cubes are quite the rage now. You can use one as a foot stool or stool or put 4 together as a coffee table etc. These are made with 3/4 inch thick plywood covered with batting and thick faux suede (or microsuede as it is also know). The top has 3 inch thick foam for comfort. Contact us for other color choices. If you buy 4, we sell them for $50 each. Please contact us about shipping prices for the cubes mirror. We are able to ship them across the country.

Microsuede Cubes

HAND-PEALED LODGEPOLE PINE LOGS FOR SALE BY THE FOOT
These hand-pealed lodge pole pine logs are the same logs I use to build all of my log furniture. These logs are available for pick up in the Portland, OR metro area or I will deliver to most of western Oregon and Southwestern Washington. The logs are available in the usual log furniture sizes: 2 inch, 3 inch, 5 inch, 6 inch diameters. I can also get larger if you need them. Please contact me for prices or to order because it will depend on your location and the size of the order placed. I understand how difficult it is to find lodge logs when you want to build log furniture and not an entire log home so I am able to fill most orders.

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Log Furniture01 Sep 2005 06:28 am

If you are looking to build your own log furniture or railings the first thing you need to find are logs! If you live in or around the Portland, Oregon / Vancouver, Washington area (Northwest Oregon or Southwest Washington) your search is over. My log furniture business, Modern Rustics, is selling hand pealed lodgepole pine logs in the usual sizes for wood working and railing building. The logs are sold by the foot. Below are the prices. If you are interested in placing an order email me or visit the Modern Rustics Website at http://www.ModernRustics.com to place an order on lodgepole pine logs.

Delivery Charge: $50
Log Prices by the foot (Log Diameter listed on the left)
2 = $1.98/ft
3 = $2.21/ft
5 = $2.86/ft
6 = $3.58/ft
Minimum Log Order: $200 (+ $50 delivery charge)

If you have a large order contact me and I will see if I can reduce the prices some. The logs are not prepared until you make your order so the usual delivery time is a couple of weeks.

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Log Furniture25 Feb 2005 04:28 pm

Building a log bunk bed is a challenge and building a twin over full log bunk bed is an even greater challenge. Armed with my trusty Veritas tenon cutter and forstner bit, I created a set of twin over full log bed plans and then the bunk bed.

Log Bunk Bed Log Bunk Bed Log Bunk Bed

The first thing to consider when making a log bunk bed is safety. Since most of the sleepers on the top bunk will probably be children. There are US standards to follow for building a bunk bed and you can find those with a quick internet search. The main thing you want to prevent is a child’s head getting stuck in between the rails or the rails being too far apart to not provide security. The rule of thumb is any gaps should be smaller than 3.5 inches or larger than 9 inches, and the top rail should be at least 5 inches higher than the top of the mattress. Also, in my beds, I choose to integrate the ladder. Detachable ladders are more dangerous because they can come loose, are more dangerous to climb, and usually stick out into the room for someone to trip over them. Also, with my ladder the bed will fit into a smaller room.

The second hurdle is making the bed portable. This is really important when building log furniture because it get heavy quickly. I use 5 inch diameter logs for all of the vertical posts, 3 inch logs for all of the horizontal bed rails, and 2 inch logs for the stairs. All the connections are made with 2 inch diameter tenons. The bed comes in multiple pieces for transportation: the two end pieces, two bunk boards, and then the 8 rails. When the bed is assembled, all of these joints are secured with 4 inch lag bolts and washers. This is much more secure that nails or no extra hardware you find on other constructions. This makes for a beautiful, sturdy, and really heavy bed. This bunk bed is the perfect addition to any cabin or craftsman home and will last for years.

Log Bunk Bed Top Bunk Log Bunk Bed

Third, unlike other beds, bunk beds do not use box springs so you need to provide not only support but some kind of weight distribution, usually called bunk boards. For my lower bunk I used a 5/8 sheet of plywood since it is not visible. For the top bunk, though, I used 5/8 inch think 6 inch wide tongue and groove knotty pine. Once I create the platform I cut a L groove out of the 3 inch log side rails to hold the platform. This way when you lay down in the full bed you look up at a finished knotty pine surface.

I finished this bed with non-catelized laquer which protects and seals the wood without taking away from the natural beauty. Two coats works the best because three can give the wood a little too fake of a look.

Log Bunk Bed Log Rails Log Bunk Bed Bottom Bunk

I will custom build YOU a bunk bed for $950. This includes the ends with integrated ladders, all of the rails, the bottom bunk board, and the top tongue and groove knotty pine support board. I can finish the bed with your choice of finishes but I recommend the laquer. Delivery and set up is $100 within 3 hours of Portland, OR. I will personally deliver and set up your bed for you to make things are perfect.

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Log Furniture31 Jan 2005 11:29 am

I have finished the King and Queen lodge pole log beds. Both of the beds are 100% solid pine. The rails are 3″ lodge pole pine logs and the support braces across the bed are 2×2 pine, NO metal frames here!. The queen log bed is the same look as the king but has 1 less ballister on the head and foot board and is, of course, queen size. These beds are very very sturdy, solid, and heavy. The kind bed weighs about 350 pounds and the queen weighs about 300 pounds. All of the logs have 2″ tenons and the head and foot board logs are glued together with a more elastic adhesive which almost completely reduces creaking and is more solid than if wood glue or nails was used to secure the logs. The log headboards are 4 1/2 feet tall and the footboards are 3 1/2 feet tall. If you would like to purchase a bed like this for your house or cabin, call me at 360.903.7141. I will be selling king lodge pole pine log beds for $650 and queen log beds for $550. This includes the log head board, foot board, rails, and support braces, and finishing the bed with your choice of finishes. I will also be willing to make minor adjustments to height and design for you. The cost does NOT include delivery. I am willing to deliver and set-up the bed within 4 hours of Portland, OR for an extra $75 – $150 depending on distance etc. More pictures of my lodge pole pine log furniture
King Size Lodge Pole Pine Log Bed King Size Lodge Pole Pine Log Bed

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Log Furniture21 Jan 2005 02:28 pm

I have the queen headboard and footboard done and in the process I have some more hints to pass on.

HINT #1 : How to Center Mortise Holes on a Lodge Pole Log
To center the mortise holes on the log, which is especially necessary when building the rails, first find the center of both ends. Measure half the distance horizontally (remember to measure straight across at the widest part of the end) and mark it on the end. Then use a square to make a vertical line the length of the ends. Now use those two marks to make your line. To do this I used a laser just because it is cool but you could also use a chalk line. Now you can mark all of your mortise locations.

HINT #2 : How to Keep Your Mortise Holes Vertical
Now that you have your holes marked the problem is keeping the round and prone to roll lodge pole log along the same plane. If you don’t do this right, your headboard posts will not match up. You can see how difficult and important this is by placing your forstner bit on the hole and then rotating the log back and forth. Notice how the drill bit is still in the center of the mark but your holes will be dramatically different and slanted. After trial and error I resolved this by first making a horizontal line on the end (now you have a cross since above you made a vertical line to center your holes). Then I affixed a small (about 3-4 inches wide) level along that horizontal line (I just taped it on but you could tap in a small nail etc depending on your level). Now to make sure the hoes are vertical just check the level and line up the bubble to level the log. Remember to check this every time you move the log because there is a good chance you will have taken it off level.

HINT #3 : How to Make Tight Mortise and Tenon Joints in Lodge Pole Logs
My problem here came because I made the tenons about two weeks before I made the mortises and so the tenons dried out and shrunk in diameter. I found that because they had shurnk, my tenons were not quite 2 inches wide and were instead between 1/8 and 1/16 to small. When I connected the joints this lead to too much slop. I have a 1 7/8 inch forstner bit but that was a little too small for the size of the tenon. So I used both bits. I drilled about 3/4 of the way with the 2 inch forstner bit and then finished out with the 1 7/8 bit. Then I sanded my tenons a bit to smooth them out. This provided for a very tight joint. There are two secrets here: First, make sure you make your mortise and tenons around the same time period. Second, to measure your tenons before you drill your holes because if you make the mortise too big you can’t get that wood back.

HINT #4 : An Easy Way to Assemble the Lodge Pole Logs
Now that you have a bunch of logs you need to line up the mortises with the tenons and assemble the headboard etc. This is harder than you think because both of the horizontal braces have to line up with your 6-10 vertical logs. Then once you have them together you need to fully seat the tenons into the mortises. My secret is ratcheting tie down straps and a rubber mallet. Once you have the piece initially assembled, wrap a strap around it and snug it down. I use two for the head/foot boards, one on each end. Then start cranking both of them down to snug the joints together. Use the rubber mallet to convince things together. If you just use the rubber mallet you end up really whacking the logs and can risk putting dents in the logs. My favorite strap is a huge 25′ 3500 lb load strap which is about 3 inches in width and is perfect for fitting around beds.

Good luck!

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Log Furniture07 Jan 2005 04:03 pm

I have finished the first piece of lodge pole furniture and also a rustic knotty pine armoire I have been working on. I finished my knotty pine armoire with sliding front doors which has three shelves and a television shelf which fits a 32 inch TV. I also just finished a lodgepole coffee table with a slate top and knotty pine accents. The coffee table and armoire are the first two pieces in my living room group which also includes two end tables and a sofa table. In our Eagle Crest Rental we are pairing this group with two leather sofas and a couple of moose & pine lamps. Below are some pictures of the furniture in the shop, I will post better pictures once they are varnished and are in the home.

Knotty Pine Armoire Front Opened Knotty Pine Armoire Front Closed Knotty Pine Armoire Back Knotty Pine Armoire SideLodgepole and Slate Coffee Table Lodgepole and Slate Coffee Table Underneath

All my furniture is custom designed and I like to call it Modern-Rustic because it is made of pine, lodgepole, slate, and other rustic materials but has modern lines and design. I have decided to sell a few of my designs on a you-order-I-make basis. I have not yet finalized the prices but I plan on offering: the knotty pine armoire, lodgepole and slate sofa table, lodgepole night stand with drawer, lodgepole and slate end table, lodgepole and slate coffee table, Queen/King/Full lodgepole beds, and a twin over full lodgepole bunk bed. All of these pieces will be custom made once they are ordered and to a point can be customized in size upon request.

I will give more details and have better pictures once I have all of the pieces to display and everything is set up to begin filling any orders. For now, these photos will have to do.

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Log Furniture05 Jan 2005 04:26 pm

We recently purchased a vacation home in the Eagle Crest Resort which we will be renting out as a vacation rental (check out our EagleCrest Getaway for more information, availability, and rates). So, after checking on the prices of lodge pole pine furniture I quickly decided to see if I could make all the furniture myself. It took some work but I have the wood and supplies and have just started on the process. Here are some of the things I struggled with and my solutions:

PROBLEM #1: Where to find lodgepole logs around Portland, Oregon?
SOLUTION: After much useless searching on the internet and in log home magazines, I contacted a log mill in Oregon whom I was able to set up a relationship with to get hand pealed lodgepole logs milled. I ordered over 60 8ft hand pealed lodgepole pine logs of varying diameters (2”, 3”, and 5”). Two weeks later I drove down there and picked them up. A note, though, these logs were not kiln dried so I had to dry them as well as I could and the jury is still out on how good of a job I did.

My pile of Oregon lodgepole pine logs drying in the garage.

PROBLEM #2: How to create the mortise and tenon joints for the lodgepole
furniture?
SOLUTION: In this case an internet search was the key. After some searching I settled on a $90 2” Veritas Tenon Cutter. I contacted other furniture makers to get their recommendation and they agreed that short of a $500 professional tenon cutter this one was very good. I purchased it through Rockler Wordworking’s website and it arrived in about a week. For the mortise everyone agreed that a 2” Forstner Bit was the necessary tool. Lowes had one for $35 and the Home Depot guy hadn’t heard of one (although later I found them near the router bits for about $35 also). I would recommend a high quality bit since this will be one of your main tools. I chose a Freud Bit available at most home improvement stores.

Lodgepole Furniture Tools
The Veritas Tenon Cutter and 2 inch Forstner Bit

PROBLEM #3: How to use this monstrous tenon cutter?
SOLUTION: OK I am not stupid I know you use a drill to turn it and shave the wood but that is very much easier said than done. I first realized that no ordinary drill was going to
do here and I was blessed to have a coworker with an Electrician father and I was able to borrow his hole saw drill. This 30 year old Black & Decker beast is just the ticket. Another quick hint is to tighten all of the set screws on the tenon maker and adjust the blade before using it our, as I, you will be very disappointed in its performance. Now I had to figure out how to prevent a large round log from spinning and moving while I applied the necessary pressure to create the tenon. For the solution, I used a piece of plywood as a base and screwed two 2”x2” boards onto it to securely hold the sides of the board. Then, I used two long screws to screw a 1/2” piece of plywood on top of the board to act as a vice. To use my creation I insert the log and then tighten down the two screws on the top of the board to clamp the to-be-shaved log into place. Works great!

Lodgepole Vice In Use
My Lodgepole Tenon Making Vice

PROBLEM #4: The best way to create the mortise?
SOLUTION: Pretty easy for this one, a drill press with the forstner bit is the way to go. Here I wish I had a better drill press but even with the simple one I have this method works very well. Finding the center of the wood is still by the eyeball method but I have some ideas on improving this as well.

Once I really get into making the beds I am sure I will have more hints to offer. Lodgepole furniture has a great value and ease of creation for the do-it-your-selfer and I will try to put up some how-to’s to de-mystify it some more.

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