|Project by jsheaney||posted 12-26-2010 09:39 PM||8486 views||7 times favorited||14 comments|
I made this stand so that I would have an appropriate home for my katana (samurai sword). My main goal in the design was to highlight an interesting piece of wood underneath in the panel that forms the stretcher, since that is the most prominent part of it. I have a habit of buying planks of interesting wood without any thought of a particular project, so I got the rough dimensions and looked though my stock to find a section I thought looked interesting. I came up with this piece of Canarywood. The bulls-eye pattern is roughly centered and I really liked the reddish streaks across the top.
The Canarywood planed well and I had no trouble shaping the top to match the curve of the katana. The width of the board is significant, so I figured I needed to account for wood movement. I decided it should be a panel that floats in a frame of some sort. I’ve never used Mahogany before, so that was the main reason why I chose it for the frame. Over time, maybe it will turn more red and bring out the red in the Canarywood. The Mahogany is like balsa wood compared to the hardwoods I’ve used until now. I can see why it is so popular for furniture making. It was very easy to plane, shape and cut the joinery. The only downside was that it is very easy to dent.
There’s a groove in the rail and the two uprights that the panel fits in. The only shoulder on the panel is a small notch at the very top because the curve and roundover. I only glued the top half inch or so of the panel; the rest floats and can expand vertically. The Canarywood is oily, so I used epoxy instead of wood glue. Also, I pre-finished before assembly. I used shellac on the Canarywood because it didn’t seem to take an oil based finish very well. I used Bush Oil on the Mahogany.
The small V-groove in the bottom of the U-shaped openings allows me to display the naked blade without it flopping over.
Now, you can see this project sitting on top of my previous project and why I made the top of the bookcase like that. It’s funny, though, because I didn’t actually have this katana in mind when I started the bookcase. Otherwise, would have made it a bit longer. As it is, the katana extends over the sides, which certainly isn’t ideal.
-- Disappointment is an empty box full of expectation.