|Project by thiel||posted 08-03-2009 05:41 AM||2320 views||2 times favorited||14 comments|
Two things are clear from this project:
1) If you learn by making mistakes, then I learned A LOT on this one :)
2) This is most beautiful wood I’ve worked with.
I bought some fancy woods without knowing what I wanted to do with them, and I settled on doing some trays for potential gifts and such. I figured it would be a good way to learn about these specific woods without breaking the bank. This piece is Bolivian Rosewood and the handles are scrap Peruvian Black Walnut that I had leftover from my Shaker Clock. It’s ~7.5×15.5 inches.
This rosewood is the prettiest I’ve ever worked with. It has long smooth lines of high contrast—caramel and walnut and ebony colored layers. The grain looks as if it is soft candy that has been stretched and stretched like taffy, and the wood itself is smooth and silky to the touch. On the downside, I’d have to describe it as “brittle” in some ways. Tough on tools. Tough to work. Lots of chip out.
Corners are dovetailed. The bottom SHOULD BE fitted some other way since the wood is bound to expand, but, well, I’ve learned now, haven’t I?
I resawed my boards and then bookmatched them. The bottom is a bookmatch, and the long sides are matched to each other—it gives an impression that the sides and bottom are all from the same board. The narrow ends had originally been cut from the same boards as the sides so it would be continuous, but I learned some more there and ended up using sections from the center of the book. I think it actually looks nice that way too.
This tray is the first of several “quick projects” I’m going to punch out, and while it’s pretty, it’s got some pretty HUGE problems. I haven’t puttied the problem areas yet, but I will. My wife plans to use it to serve espresso. Less than 10 minutes before it was done, I had no idea what to do with “whatever it is I’d made” and then I put the handles on and it occurred to me that it wasn’t a totally useless piece.
Finish is teak oil. I’m thinking of going over it with Arm-R-Seal with a coat of blonde shellac in-between. Thoughts?
I have enough wood left to make an additional one (with a center handle/divider). I’m gonna try not to learn anything on that one :-)
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