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Kusunoki Buffet (Japanese Camphor Wood)

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Project by Lee Scott posted 02-03-2018 11:56 AM 1309 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love grain patterns and color variations in wood, so when I saw this Kusunoki (Japanese Camphor) at a local dealer her in Okinawa I had to get some. Only catch: the stock was all tree slabs.

This was my first attempt at producing linear flat boards from the crooked, bowed and twisted stock. A very interesting process and a refreshing way to look at stock. Looking at an analog shape and deciding how a straight bit of stock would come from that, and at the same time keeping in mind efficiency of use of wood.

I really loved the control I had to pick grain direction, stock thickness and size from all the slab boards.

Here are a couple of pics of the raw stock


Some of the stock had defects: I decided it would be cool to stabilize with epoxy and highlight these features rather than remove them completely.

This is the large hole before epoxy then a photo of the process. There were also holes in the raised panels that were stabilized the same way.

For finish I decided on linseed oil so I could finish within my own home not worrying about toxic fumes.
One of my favorite contrasts in wood is before finish and after. Here is a before and after with linseed oil still present on the surface in the after shots:

For the doors I decided to make raised panels and had great luck with a set made by Freud. Just so easy to set, run then put together the pieces. A joy to use this set:
https://www.amazon.com/Freud-Premier-Adjustable-Cabinet-97-150/dp/B003DYZVPY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517657560&sr=8-1&keywords=freud+raised+panel+set

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#1 posted 02-03-2018 01:44 PM

Wow. That’s some good looking stock. Nice build.

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#2 posted 02-03-2018 02:52 PM

This is a beautiful buffet and the wood is wonderful.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#3 posted 02-03-2018 03:34 PM

That is absolutely stunning
A great build and facinating grain and color

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 02-03-2018 04:29 PM

Wow! Beautiful work. Love how that grain pops with the finish. Very vibrant and colorful.

-- ~Daniel

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#5 posted 02-03-2018 04:43 PM

A real beauty! Does the camphor have the fragrance or did the BLO kill that nice smell?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#6 posted 02-03-2018 04:46 PM

wow – amazing finish !! awesome craftsmanship !!

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#7 posted 02-03-2018 05:22 PM

Man that’s some remarkable wood grain. Very nice and unique piece.

-- tel

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#8 posted 02-03-2018 06:16 PM

Interesting looking piece. Nice job on the stock picks, and harvest from the larger rough stock. I like that you embraced the imperfections.

I have some Camphor at home, not Japanese, does the Japanese smell like you fell into a vat of Vicks Vaporub?

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#9 posted 02-04-2018 02:28 AM

wow that wood is mind blowing,and from the pics quite a challenge to get it to workable lumber,but man well worth the time takin.you did a fantastic job building this piece.welcome to lumber jocks and a big congrats on a top 3.also thank you for all the pics showing the build process we really appreciate that.now if you can send me a couple hundred board feet that would be great-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#10 posted 02-04-2018 04:16 AM

Thanks for the feedback on the unit everyone: really appreciate it.

Don, once sealed the unit has almost no aroma: probably a good thing as the camphor smell was overpowering the she shop when i was working with it. A polarizing smell too: some really love it and some cant stand it.

TherealSteveN, yeah it has a really strong smell: just like you say, its a bath of Vicks Vapourrub hahah. A smell from childhood coughs and snotty noses.

pottz, thanks for the kind words. Yeah i would love to send you some Kusunoki: bet the ole postage bill would be astronomical. Im a big fan of using local woods aye so will be seeing what else there is here to sink my teeth into. Have seen some Ryuku Island Pine (Matsu) so will be using that next.

-- "Once you stop learning, you start dying" - Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 02-04-2018 04:43 AM



Thanks for the feedback on the unit everyone: really appreciate it.

Don, once sealed the unit has almost no aroma: probably a good thing as the camphor smell was overpowering the she shop when i was working with it. A polarizing smell too: some really love it and some cant stand it.

TherealSteveN, yeah it has a really strong smell: just like you say, its a bath of Vicks Vapourrub hahah. A smell from childhood coughs and snotty noses.

pottz, thanks for the kind words. Yeah i would love to send you some Kusunoki: bet the ole postage bill would be astronomical. Im a big fan of using local woods aye so will be seeing what else there is here to sink my teeth into. Have seen some Ryuku Island Pine (Matsu) so will be using that next.

- Lee Scott

I know what your talking about-the smell.ive turned pens from camphor wood,or vicks vapor rub!the smell,its great if you have sinus problems though,opens you right up-lol!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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