|Project by Konquest||posted 05-29-2009 06:37 AM||7730 views||5 times favorited||9 comments|
This project is a retirement present for my Dad, an avid golfer who is (was?) with the Union Pacific Railroad. The contrasting woods are curly maple (obviously) and Azobe, which is an African hardwood primarily used for structural engineering (hardness, density, insect, rot and even wildfire resistant). Why would I deliberately use such a heavy, difficult wood? The significance is that it is actually a reclaimed railroad tye from a bridge in Texas. I laminated alternating 1/4” strips for the top and bottom “moldings” and set the shelves into dadoes but protruding 3/8” out of the front. It holds 30 golf balls which, FYI, is accomplished by drilling through with a 1 1/4” forstner bit (perfect size so it sits right in the hole and doesn’t stick out from the bottom). The bit was trash after drilling the holes through this stuff. To accentuate the contrast between the woods, the back and side panels were simply finished with 2 soaks of BLO and some wax, whereas the shelves, top and bottom laminated pieces were sprayed with about 8 coats of bullseye shellac. This project, unlike some of my other furniture and case pieces, really tested my definition of “precision”. As a result I bought one of the Incra miter gauges with the flip stop. Any comments or critiques would be appreciated.
-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.