So I’m very excited about this project as this is the first project that I’m using hardwoods on (everything prior was mainly plywood based except for face frames and other accents).
So this weekend I had the chance to start working on this project, and start using my short-lumber-supply. I had my eye set on a piece of (what I thought was a) cherry that was just right in dimensions for the sides of this box. it was about 16” tall (to accommodate for the 12” tall box), 11” wide (for the 10” wide box) and 1-3/8” thick (which should do for 2×1/2” thick sides). I wanted to give this box a more unique look to it by laminating a contrasting wood in the middle of it – my original idea was to laminate 2×1/8” thick contrasting color lumber, and in between have the main lumber maybe 1” wide – like racing stripes. I got a bit lazy, and decided to just go with a 3/4” thick contrasting lumber in the middle (also this is my first lamination and I didn’t want to introduce too many factors of failures – 1 would do for now).
I started by cutting the cherry slab in half and planing 1 face of each piece , and jointing one edge. At this point I had exposed finished grain, and wasn’t sure it is cherry anymore – maybe it’s mahogany? those are the only 2 red colored hardwoods I have… and my lack of experience with either keeps me guessing.
I hand jointed the edges, and got a 3/4” strip of maple, stuck it in between the 2 slabs, glued, and clamped.
24 hours later, I decided it’s time to load up my WoodSlicer blade in my saw for the first time. up until now I was using the factory blade that came with my bandsaw, it cut through the wood – but left a terrible edge (like ripples/lines) that I couldn’t get over by adding tension on the blade (now I know it’s the blade that was lousy) I was a bit concerned that it has to do with my setup, so I loaded the Woodslicer blade, realigned all the blade guides, and ran a scrap piece of lumber through the blade – much better looking then the old blade… I decided it’s time for the ‘real thing’
took my laminated wood, and said ‘it’s-now-or-never’, marked a (slightly thicker then) 1/2” line on the top , setup my fence on the saw, and carefully fed the wood through the blade making sure to stay as close to the line (and thicker) as possible. I did notice that feeding faster would make the blade stray into the cut line, while slowing it down wood keep it straight. to my surprise – the 12” piece went through the blade like butter – this was phenomenal – I’m so glad I chose this bandsaw over another – definitely was worth the wait and considerations. The Bandsaw is the Rikon 14” Deluxe.
this is the end result: fresh out of the bandsaw, the cut is smooth and clean – just needs some very light smooth planing action. looking at the grain patterns and pores, it made me think this might be mahogany, but looking at the picture and the pinkness of the lumber, maybe it IS cherry after all… any thoughts?
I was even able to hand shape and finally get a handle to my old (given to me by my father in law) chisel blade out of the cutoff piece of cherry/mahogany(?!?) lumber:
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