|Project by cathyb||posted 08-10-2009 02:34 AM||2456 views||5 times favorited||27 comments|
This credenza is made of blonde koa, a wood indigenous to Hawaii. I actually laminated the flowers onto the doors during construction to cut down on the cost. Then I cleaned up the edges and removed the excess glue with small carving tools and a flex shaft carver with tiny sanding discs. It took quite a bit of time, but was well worth the effort.
As a message to folks out there who might be kinda new to this crazy fun, here’s a little note: if you take boards that are sisters (they were cut one right after the other when the sawyer sliced up the tree) lay them out before you ever cut a piece of wood. Look at how the grain flows. Because these sister boards are so closely related in grain they will pull your whole piece together. No matter how large the piece is, if the grain is continuous it will have symmetry and add to the balance. The grain makes all the difference in the world.
-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com