I made a trip to my favorite wood supplier. The reason that he’s my favorite is that all of the wood I get is free. I get the scraps, cutoffs, splits etc from his door and window making process. I’ve been collecting Honduras Mahogany in my latest trips. Today one of the pieces had a name on it 6/4 Acajou. That was new to me and in my research is also called Honduras Mahogany some places call it just Genuine Mahogany. Over the last month I’ve probably picked up about 300 B...
I’ve been meaning to get started on making a bed for the master bedroom. My goal is to build a long headboard out of Wenge with some sap wood that I will straighten and flip the natural edges to the center and mount it on the wall. I finally found the wenge boards this past spring. I invested a small fortune in these boards, but I guess if the bed turns out well I’m going to have it for the rest of my life… so it should be worth it right?. They are each 13 feet long and I...
I don’t remember the order I built the rest of the planes I’ve made, so they’ll appear in no particular order. 3/4” shoulder plane. Sapele body and two-piece walnut wedge. Waterlox finish. This pic is a bit harshly lit, but it shows off some subtle figure in the sapele. Instead of a 4-piece lamination, this was done in two pieces. I drilled out the hole for the mouth area, then cut off one cheek. Hollowed out the cavity for the iron and wedge. Fit the wedge and then glued the cheek ...
I am quite proud of how things worked out yesterday. It feels wonderful when things actually work out how they are supposed to. I spent the day cutting for the most part and by 4pm I had not one but two new trays cut out. When I was writing about it yesterday morning, I was wondering if I would be able to accomplish it. After the Wright tray taking so long, my confidence in myself was a bit shaken. Not in the sense if I was able to do it or not but in the time line. Both patterns went...
Nothing like going on vacation and coming back with a truckload of free wood! Well, almost free. Before you all ask, I’ll just say I can’t give up my secret source because it’s the gift that keeps on giving, haha. I have a ton of projects in store and as a result, I did end up purchasing some FAS 4/4 Qtr. Sapele to match some of the wood that I got. I wish I could have kept it at the 14 foot lengths, but the logistics of transferring those on a 6 foot bed, 1000 miles didn...
Here’s a photo story of how a beautiful sapele slab dining table came to be… I anxiously awaited my flawless sapele slab from a top-dollar dealer… How NOT to palletize a very expensive slab. The 60 inch by 10 foot sapele slab arrived in less than the perfect shape promised. Here it is unwrapped, beautiful, but problematic… Hmm… I would say that’s cupped and sawn pretty bad. Yikes! Not the 12/4 promised. I decided to sand this board rath...
How did I not notice this scratch until after sanding to 400 grit? >:(I guess this was an errant particle from the sandpaper or something. Right on the end-grain too.
I’ve been recently commissioned to build a set of matching, shaker-style tables for a client.One is a 60” x 18” wide hall table, the other is a 20×32 side table.My client is a fan of the color purple, so I wanted to provide them with something that is both addressing this need, but also aesthetically pleasing. My solution is to build the tops from the purple heart pictured here and then use some ribbon figured sapele for the base (legs and rails). The two should be a ni...
After a really long week at work as well as catching a cold. I finally found the energy to get into the shop today. On my last trip to Karson’s, he had given me bundle of Sapele, a type of African Mahogany (not sure if that is spelled right.) I though I had enough to build a Pembrook style table but there wasn’t enough of matching wood for the top. So after arranging the boards on my table and a little head scratching I came up with this design. The legs are tapered on all four si...
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