From my blog: Total video length: 22 min, 51 sec.
In this episode I show:
- Why you should give cherry a good suntan, followed by a gorgeous and easy finish,
- How to make your own buttons, to attach a stool top or a table top to the base
Why suntan cherry?
I love working with cherry, because it machines beautifully, and it is plentiful here in the Mid-West. But it also takes on a gorgeous color as it ages -even if it takes a long time to develop the deep color we normally associate with antique pieces. However, we can help help Nature do its thing on cherry, by simply exposing our work piece to the sun for a several hours over the span of several days. Follow that with a nice protective finish, and you have a wonderful piece to show!
Make your own buttons
I did not have figure 8s to attach the top to the base of the little stool I made for Sierra. But I was anxious to let her use it as soon as I completed it, so her instructor could assess whether the 16-inch height was suitable. If it was, it would allow her to spend 30 minutes during her lesson as comfortable as possible. What to do to attach the stool top to the base, while allowing for the cross-grain expansion of the top without problems? Make my own buttons! In this episode I show the machining of the buttons with tongue & groove router bits, and discuss the advantages of using height-matched bits to do the job easily, and quickly.
I wish everyone a wonderful 4th of July. And may everyone have a safe Independence day with your families and loved ones!
Contrast between cherry with a sun tan, and recently-sanded cherry:
Buttons to attach stool top to the base:
-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO, http://sandal-woodsblog.com