Mirror, Mirror, on the ... er, um, what rhymes with cheval?

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Project by LeTurbo posted 09-09-2014 07:51 PM 1194 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought this was Karri wood – at least, that’s what I was told. But I’m inclined to not think that anymore. If anyone else has better ideas about the identity … I can say it’s as hard as hell, splinters into really sharp shards, and is a nightmare anywhere near a router table. I sweated buckets doing those slight curves.

The tightening knobs were turned on the disc sander; the dovetails on the feet were hand-cut (a decent hardwood makes it easier), and there were also dovetailed splines in the mitred framework. It’s finished with a hand-applied polywax called Woodoc, which may only be here in South Africa, and lots of steel wool.

The design sort of evolved, depending on the lengths of wood I had. Some elements, like the fine struts between the feet, were born of necessity.

Thanks for looking. Thanks for loving wood. Go make something!


PS. This camera is shocking. I may as well use a potato. On the other hand, a poor workman blames his … the light, it’s the bad light.

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#1 posted 09-09-2014 08:18 PM

Hey Brett
Nice One!! Elegant modern lines. Way to go on the hand cut dovetails. That would does look a bit like Karri to me from the pics, quite a bit of silica lines as well which is common in this species to my knowledge. Considering how often I am wrong, I am most probably wrong on this too!....


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#2 posted 09-09-2014 09:22 PM

Dude, it’s all about the light!
As for the rhyme, may I suggest canal? Miroir miroir dans le canal, qui a le plus beau cheval? :p

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#3 posted 09-16-2014 08:51 PM

Bwahaha! Sodabowski, I threw that into Google translate and got “Mirror mirror in the channel, which has the most beautiful horse?”. Technology ain’t everything. Thanks for the reply, and thanks too, Tobias. I think maybe bits are Karri, but there’s some that looks like Afrormosia to me. Who knows … you probably know what it’s like digging through Jeffrey’s pile of surprises next to Rare Woods.

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