|Project by jeth||posted 01-31-2016 12:04 AM||1256 views||4 times favorited||15 comments|
First up I should probably say hello to one and all, I have not been active on the forum for a looong time, several years I guess… I was without a workshop for a while and offline for longer but have now put that right so thought I’d drop by and share a recent project. I’m not sure who is still around and if anyone will remember me as I was never the most active of members, but it’s good to see the forum still growing and lots of great projects and info as ever.. good to be back!
This is a small table with drawer, as you can see.. When I finally got a new workshop together I did this as a kind of “in at the deep end” no holds barred project to get myself into the swing and indulge myself in a demanding project. I try to make a living working wood so it’s rare to be able to build something with so much detail, unless I do it for myself and accept that nobody down here is ever likely to pay me anything like the time it cost.
The table is constructed from, well, I’ll call them Cocobolo, known round here as Granadillo, and Leopardwood, names for different woods tend to change from one area to another so hard to be exact but the “Cocobolo” is defo some form of Dalbergia and the Leopardwood I am almost 100% sure to be Roupala montana. These are both locally grown woods, but not common in this area. The Leopardwood I found being used for bed slats (shock horror) in a friends workshop and I was given a small board of the Cocobolo.
The drawer bottom is Spanish Cedar, a common local species, for that aromatic whiff on opening the drawer.
The Cocobolo board was about 2 board feet and had a lot of shakes and other faults.. The sapwood shows some spalting which adds to the interest. I considered using it for a box or other small item but felt it a shame as this is not wood I would get to work too often so set out to spread it around and make something a bit more substantial. This meant shop sawing thickish veneer for the top and skirt panels and the drawer front.. I just got enough pieces so had to proceed with care as no replacement parts to be had.
A small offcut became a sculpted drawer pull which alines with the heart/sapwood line on the drawer front, as if it had grown out of it.
I was very happy with the finished panels.. the heartwood and sapwood appear as some mysterious landscape with the spalting looking like ink line details.
The Leopardwood is best known for the ray pattern visible on QS stock but I wanted to almost avoid that as the Cocobolo panels were to be the focus and so took advantage of the tight straight grain shown on anything but a perfect QS section to frame up the panels. I just got a peek of the ray figure on the bevels on the frames around the panels, which I think worked out quite nicely. I had a piece with a nice purplish line snaking through it so faffed about to get that line to meet up at the four corners of the top panels frame.
From there the design just kind of developed around the panels. A lot of firsts for me here, first dovetails, first gunstock joints on the lower/rail to leg joinery… just making the most of this self indulgent project really!