2's my favorite 1 #1: wood selection and processing

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Blog entry by Chris Cook posted 08-24-2013 12:10 AM 1384 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I wanted to make something for my wife’s birthday and mother’s day, which fell on the same weekend this year.

I have had this semi-spalted maple in my collection of wood so I cleaned it up for this project.

Since it is nearly a requirement of mine, I decided to accent this project with some deep red padauk of which I always have on hand.

If you have the need to buy something and do not already have one, get a drum sander. It’s at the top of my list of favorite tools for sure.

I had some design problems that got in the way of this project turning out perfect. Mostly bad decisions that I later paid a price for.

I decided to use dowel pins to reinforce the corners. What I did not anticipate was that the spalted maple was weak on the edges.

So, I came up with some feet/supports to cover and reinforce weakened and crumbling edges. They covered them quite well, but I am not so happy with having to use them

One part I am quite pleased with is how the hinges turned out. I like making my own i the project is big enough. These hinges are HUGE but fit win scale with this project.

Please take a look at the finished project in my projects posting. Thanks for looking.

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#1 posted 08-24-2013 01:41 PM

A creative save! Good integration and nice design.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 08-25-2013 12:40 PM

Nicely done

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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