|Project by Karson||posted 05-22-2007 05:47 PM||3053 views||3 times favorited||27 comments|
This was the wood that I selected when I decided that I was going to make the Popular Woodworking version of the Thorsen Greene & Greene Table. I’ve had this wood for about 4 years and had not made anything from it except the sanding blocks that I’ve posted as a project. This wood was harvested in Central America. One of that surprising things that I’ve experienced about this wood is a self healing property when I sand it. When the wood is sanded it sticks to the sandpaper, but it sands easily, which is surprising because of the weight of the wood. The wood has a light sanded color and it disappears after a few days as the internal oils migrate to the surface. The wood is Goncalo Alves. It has a clearly defined sapwood that is brownish white. The heartwood is light golden-brown with irregular black and brown streaks. It weighs 5 lbs per sq ft. and since this table has about 5 sq ft of wood it weight about 25 lbs.
The dark streaks are called figure when you go to buy the wood. Board without the figure are usually cheaper. I selected this wood for this table because the boards I bought were bowed and long pieces could not be made from them. Since everything except the legs were short, it was a good choice. I also had some 3 X 1 ½ that could be used for the legs.
See the blog with some of the construction pictures. And the blog which has the jig for making the internal cutouts and the clouds. The pegs were made with African Blackwood. It is sometimes referred to as Ebony but it is in fact a rosewood. African Blackwood is used for making bagpipes, piano keys, and Clarinets. It has the rosewood smell when it is cut with a saw. It also is an oily wood. and polishes up great without any finish.
When you run your hand over the surface of the table, it feels like you are running your hand over a block of paraffin. I opted to not put any finish on this table at this time. I want to see how the table ages in use. My wife has already placed a plant on it, so you can’t see the table. (Such is life)
Since it seems to necessary to show the table with clamps attached to it, here are mine.
Here is the colored figure from the shelf
The tables that I’m making or assisting my children at making are sub classified as being a part of ”The Uniqueness of Woods”. This is the first in that sub series.
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