|Project by Stonekettle||posted 11-08-2015 06:46 PM||613 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
I bought a large piece of sapele from my local hardwood supplier, 14 inches wide, ~5 inches thick, and 8 feet long – that’s a heavy piece of sapele. It took three of us and a forklift to get it into my truck.
In the shop, I used the big RAS to cut it into manageable pieces for bowls, but I left a piece 28 inches long. I took that piece and split it into 2 thinner pieces (2.5” thick, 14” wide, and 28” long) using a carbide resaw blade and then jointed and booked the pieces to form a large square 28” x 28”.
I flattened the blank using the CNC machine, cut a reverse chuck pocket in the center, and traced a 27” circle. Back to the bandsaw, cut it to round, and then I could mount it on the Yellow Monster. I first turned and finished the bottom, then reversed it and turned the top.
It’s sanded top and bottom to 600gt and finished in food safe oil and wax. It glows in the light and the color is amazing, one of the reasons I really enjoying working with sapele.
Final diameter is 26.5” (66cm) and it weighs in at about 10lbs (4.5kg).
-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station