Pangapanga sideboard #2: Starting in the middle

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Blog entry by RobertHorton posted 10-31-2009 05:50 AM 1759 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m already a bit into this project and I’ll be nibbling at it for several months. Here’s a recap of what’s happened so far:

This is what it will ultimately look like. We’re not particularly big wine drinkers, so a small bay will just about hold our entire stock of booze. I haven’t decided what to do with the doors, but this got me far enough for a cut list on the carcase and veneers. The point of this project is a.) to showcase some Pangapanga that the local yard was liquidating, b.) to test my resawing and veneering skill and c.) to use up some material that I’ve been accumulating.

My wife had asked for a new set of built-in cabinets in the basement. No sooner do I get home with two sheets of birch and a cut list than does she change her mind. Rather than horsing them back to the borg for a refund, I held on to them. Of course, one rogue 8×4 sheet will prevent access to everything in the garage, to say nothing of two sheets conspiring in tandem. So we definitely needed a project that would put them to good use.

Botanically related to Wenge, the local hardwood dealer was letting this stuff go for 50% off.

Resawn on the table saw using an itsy bitsy circular saw blade. Very thin, very fast and very easy on the motor when pushing through stuff that’s as dense as concrete.

Fun with compasses and 1/4” MDF laying out curves for the patterns to make the template to make the…

Triple thicknesses of scrap wafer board to create a bending form for the inlays. My bandsaw still needs a new blade, so these were roughed with a jigsaw.

Even though I’ve watched it done on TV, this is actually the first time I’ve ever laminated a curve. Just to be totally off the wall, it’s not even wood: Flat aluminum (1/8”) and white exterior vinyl trim resawn down to 1/8”. Does Gorilla Glue really grab on non-wood materials? We’ll see how it turns out tomorrow morning.

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#1 posted 10-31-2009 02:56 PM

The design looks very nice and impressive. You may decide on the doors as you go along. I believe its a matter of time and you will be able to complete it.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 10-31-2009 03:15 PM

That design is just incredible! Is it yours?
I just love the lines on the legs and the design on the top.
I am anxious to see it finished.
I hope you share your dimensions and process with us.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 10-31-2009 03:21 PM

Robert, I really like the design you have for the carcass. Very nice. I just finished designing and building a chest, coffee table and end table using Wenge. (8/4). Heavy, dense and brittle, but was beautiful when finished. Good luck…’re off to a good start.

-- John @

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#4 posted 10-31-2009 03:39 PM

Hi Robert What a bargin on the pangpanga. There is alot of second hand office furniture made from this wood and highly prized by the older generation some even collect the stuff the wood here in SA is also called partridge wood. The desgn tops cant wait to see finished piece. Idea doors opposite to the top.

Kind Regards Roger

-- Africa is not for sissies

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#5 posted 11-01-2009 12:49 AM

Unique design can’t wait to see how it comes out.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 11-05-2009 11:06 PM

Great design. Can’t wait to see the build.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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