|Project by Don||posted 02-18-2011 03:14 PM||1707 views||5 times favorited||9 comments|
Board #1 – Cherry, Mahogany and Hickory with Padauk accent strips. I wanted to try something different for the accent strips so I had a quick look around the shop and found a lonely looking piece of Padauk sitting by himself.
I was asked to do an end grain Walnut for a lady at work measuring 12×16”. Board #3 started out being that board but when the dust had settled and all the machines were turned off, the board only measured about 12” x 14. After a lot of head scratching and trial and error, I supplemented the Walnut with some Sapele I had sitting around. I told her about my gaff and went out and purchased a 6’ piece of 8/4 Walnut and went back to the workshop to make Board #2. Now she has a choice.
Board #2 – All Walnut.
Board #3 – Walnut and Sapele.
Board #4 is a love/hate project. As I was building it, I hated it, especially when I knew the amount I was charging was no where near what it should have been. A hasty figure thrown at the gent which seemed outrageous (high) at the time seemed quite small when all was said and done. Live and learn. I thought it would be cool to make a board from a bunch of individual pieces but my enthusiasm waned and died after row 10. Once it was all together, I was happy with it. After the third coat of Mineral Oil, it cupped by 1/2” in the centre. It was either the change in humidity or the fact that all three coats of oil were applied to the same side. I was frantic and posted in the forums about it. Two LJ’s came to my aid and after much oil and clamping, the cup is now about 1/8”, no more that that…..whew!
Board #4 – The Beast! 12” x 36” x 1 1/5 Maple. I have absolutely no idea how that lone piece that shines so bright and sticks out like a sore thumb got there but it’s all Maple.
All boards were sanded to 180 grit and finished with 3 or 4 coats of Mineral Oil and Chapmans Beeswax to top it off. The Beast was the one I posted about suddenly cupping on me, almost by 1/2”. The cupping settled down after much oil and clamping to a point where it’s not even noticeable anymore.
Thanks for looking….critique where necessary
-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca