Well, it has been quite a while since I’ve posted anything here on Lumberjocks and, sadly, that is because I haven’t been in my shop. But now the semester is over and I just about have my student’s grades completed and ready to post, so I can now get back in the shop and make some sawdust. My parent’s 50th anniversary is coming up and my sister is planning a big celebration back home. My wife suggested that I make them something nice for an anniversary gift. She suggested that I make a nice mantle clock and I thought that was a pretty good thought, so I did my research…online, in books, and here on LJs…and I came up with my own simple design and I sketched it out with sketchup (I’ll post a picture of my sketchup model soon).
Now on to the subject of this blog post. I was searching through the lumber racks at my local Woodcraft store looking for inspiration. I went in thinking that I wanted mahogany, but I was unimpressed with the mahogany boards that they had. Then I found a stack of sipo utile boards. I was told that they were in the mahogany family and these particular boards had more consistent color and grain than any of the “real” mahogany boards that they had….beautiful red-brown hues. I saw my mantle clock when I loked at this wood, so a purcahsed a few boards. Did I mention that sipo utile is cheaper than mahogany?
I milled and started rough cutting the lumber this afternoon and boy, does it machine nicely. Its stacked and stickered in the shop to aclimate a little. Tomorrow we’ll get out the cut list and start cutting the parts to size. More to come.
-- Josh....in Nashville, TN