|Project by builtinbkyn||posted 04-02-2017 11:59 PM||579 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
A few months ago I ordered some lumber form an online source – 20bf of curly maple and 10bf of bubinga. Their prices were much better than the local source. Coupled with no sales tax and free shipping, it was a pretty good deal. I’d probably order from them again, but knowing the lead time is important. Free shipping means it takes a while ;)
I didn’t have any projects in mind for this lumber when ordering, but I think it will go into a cocktail table for some friends who are getting married in June. However, I did want to see what the bubinga was like to work with so I made a little project today that has been on my bucket list. It also allowed me to practice some hand tool work.
I chose to use the bubinga for the sticks as it has very straight grain, is dense, heavy and durable. I have to say, bubinga requires sharp! Scary sharp LOL My recently purchased Tormek was put to good use on a few chisels and plane irons. I also used a fellow LJers small infill plane I purchase from him months back, to mill the pieces.
The sticks are 24” long and finished with Waterlox and paste wax. There’s a small dowel that provides the center and also holds them together when stored. The targets are some maple scraps from other projects.
It was a fun project that taught me a little about a species I’ve never worked with. Now I must go sharpen all of my chisels and irons. This stuff is tough.
-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)