|Project by jbschutz||posted 03-18-2016 07:29 PM||698 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
Mango Madness....Just came back from a little anniversary trip to Kauai, and I brought back a little bit of wood again. This time, some koa and a nice little block of Mango wood with some beautiful spalting. I know I have been in a little bit of a rut with the grapes, but the combo of the mango and some koa grapes was too sweet to pass up. This one is abut 7 inches in diameter, with walnut vines and Koa grapes inlaid into the bottom.
The pockets, 3/8 and 1/2 inch, are made with a forstner bit, and the plugs are cut with plug cutters of the same size. I did the grapes in 4 layers, overlapping each previous bunch to give the illusion of depth. After inlaying the first seven grapes, I turned them flat, then added another seven, and so on, filling in the gaps and bringing the center grapes to the front. This may be my favorite of all the “grape” themed bowls.
Final sanding to 320 with 4 layers of satin poly gives the mango a nice glow.
-- jbschutz www.johnschutz.com