Having constructed the shell and the drawers for my wife’s new kitchen bereau, I still needed to complete the breadboard. The sanding disc for the table saw will put on a glass smooth edge. I was careful to take very light passes so that I did not burn the edge instead. I decided that a pine front would not be strong enough for the breadboard, so I cut out a piece of maple. I might have used a sander or router for this, but I used a spokeshave, a hand plane, and a profile sc...
Common name(s): Ironwood, Black Ironwood, Ysterhout, Swartysterhout, Eisenholz, Moraøane, Sitimane, Musiri, Ugqwangxe, Umhlebe, Umnquma-swile, Umzimane Botanical name: Olea capensis ssp. macrocarpa Synonymous: Olea laurifolia, Olea hochstetteri, Olea macrocarpa Distribution: Africa, South of Sahara Description: Heartwood is a cream or yellowish brown, with darker brown or black contrasting streaks. Colour tends to deepen with age. Ironwood is often figured with curly or wav...
The last two nights and this morning’s work are covered here. I probably should have waited, but I wanted to shape the outside and see how it looked. I started by putting some marks to guide how much I sanded off on the high spots for the initial bevels. I then could sand (with a sanding block and 60 grit paper) until the high spots were evenly brought down. After that, I just kept going through the grits – up through 400. I could have stopped sooner since I still...
I worked late enough last night I didn’t get to updating the blog until this morning. There were a couple pictures still on the camera for the prior day’s work. I got the template done and located it on the lid. After a few passes with the router, I had a recess. The lid is only 5/16 thick to start with and the recess is 3/16 deep. I trimmed the ironwood to size and rounded the corners. Then I applied glue and clamped them up for the night. The last thing I...
A friend at my church made me an offer: ”I’ll give you some wood if you’ll build something with it for the youth auction at the church” He made the offer several weeks ago, but I didn’t get around to picking up the wood until last Sunday! That gives me just under 4 weeks to take the wood, figure out a project, build it and finish it. That should be plenty of time, but my projects typically take months or years ! After pondering my choices, I picked these...
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