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Thorsen Greene and Greene Table – “The Twins” In keeping with my sub series of the Thorsen Woodworking Challenge, I wanted to build tables that show ”The Uniquness of our Woods”
I wanted to make some tables that show some of the differences in some of the woods that are not common in use. The first table was Goncalo Alves , a wood from Central America.
I am calling these tables “Twins” because the base color of the wood that they are made from are quite similar in color. These tables I made from Holly and Popular. The Holly is on the left and the Popular is on the right.
These are two woods that are quite light in color. Holly is classified as the whitest wood known, Popular is a common wood used as a secondary wood in many cases. It is not used as a visible wood except when painted over. I was offered some Popular that was black and dark Olive Green.
These boards were 24” wide and 16’ long when I got them. They were dried in the attic of my barn over a period of 5 years. The stump portion of the log had the blackest color.
I’ve been unable to determine what caused the color to appear in Popular wood. Purple streaks are a common color seen in this type of wood. One of the boards of this log had purple, brown, black and some robin egg blue.
The Holly table was made from planks that I had dried for 90 days
with a fan blowing on them constantly in a 45 to 65 degree environment indoors in the workshop. I’ve been unable to identify the moisture meter setting for Holly so I used Popular which was stacked with it as a benchmark moisture scale. I estimated that the wood was around 11% moisture. The popular used for the table was around 8%.
The Holly Table has Pink Ivory pegs.
The Pink Ivory is a wood and not animal in nature and is classified as expensive. It comes from Africa.
The Popular Table has Holly Pegs
The Holly was used to help bring the two tables into the same family.
The Mortise and Tenons were cut with a horizontial Router Table made by Woodhaven.
Some of the mortises were squared up with a regular Mortise drill.
Holly is known for its staining problem. As it dries it gets a blue stain in the wood. It’s thought that if you cut the tree down, cut it into lumber, and get it into the kiln in the same day, that you might have a chance to keep it white. Since all three were outside of my control, I opted to blow air on the wood as a forced drying. The 1” boards have a lot of blue stain. The 2” board which were stood on their edge on the floor, with no fan seem to have mostly white color. Go figure. The legs were made from the 2” thick planks are white.
But you might notice the blue stain on the cutoff pieces.
The table top was mostly white when glued up but the blue color seemed to appear later.
All of the peg holes were drilled with a mortise machine.
I glued the tables up and brought them into the house to show my wife. About 20 minutes later I found that my son David had found a use for the Popular version
The Popular table is black in almost all of its surfaces, except for the two side aprons and a portion of the front edge of the table top.
The stack of aprons and a couple of table tops for the family tables waiting for gluing.
The shelf supports for all of the tables.
The jig for making the clouds and the cutouts.
The Twins in their infancy .
The planer chips after planning the Popular, Holly and Goncalo Alves lumber.
The table top on the Popular Table
I perceived that the Popular table was fading in color as it was being exposed to sunlight. So I put a UV protector on the wood. It is Penofin. It is a 99% block of UV rays. The popular table is the only one to receive this treatment.
The Tables from the Series of “The Uniqueness of our Woods”.
From left to right Popular, Holly, Yellow Birch, Cherry and in front Goncalo Alves.
Additional pictures for all of the tables can be found here On the right are links to the set of pictures.
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