|Project by SPalm||posted 11-26-2010 05:53 AM||6896 views||28 times favorited||25 comments|
I have about 5 irons in the fire with other projects but I just had to build something. And boards give me instant satisfaction.
This design has been rolling around in my head for a while now, so I decided to try it. It was made with strips of walnut, cherry, ash, and maple. I really like the steps effect created by the walnut. Not easy to see is another set of steps of maple. I really thought they would show up more and add to the effect. I guess the maple does not stand out enough. I probably should have switched the positions of the cherry and maple.
I ripped the strips and thicknessed them to about 3/8 inches. One of each type was glued into sticks. I used cauls made of jointed 2×4s to keep them flat while drying. It worked great, as previous attempts at this always ended up with slightly curved assemblies. Packing tape was used on the cauls to keep the glue from sticking.
I then cross cut the sticks into blocks that were the same size in both length and width. I used the same jointed 2×4s for the board glue up. I clamped two of them to the bench at a right angle with a plastic sheet underneath. The blocks were rolled with glue and built up from the lower left corner until complete.
A couple of trips through the sanding stations made her flat. A couple coats of mineral oil followed by a wax-oil mixture made her pretty.
-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon