|Project by BertFlores58||posted 03-11-2011 05:14 AM||1447 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
Andy’s or Greg’s way…
I found a trunk of ’Kakawati’ commonly known as Madre de Cacao tree. This wood is very common in the Philippines but seldom cut as lumber due to its hardness. Information I got, some Japanese uses this for wood parquet as flooring. When it is matured such this one that I used, the sap still white but the heartwood turns yellow. Amazingly, the heartwood when exposed to light will turn out brown. This branch was cut as orchid stand and was sold only for US$ 5.00 with 6 inches diameter and length of around 4 feet. I bought one then seasoned it for two years with care. I dried it at shade and must wet them from time to time otherwise it will crack or split. It is really hard and dense. It will resist all insects attack.
Actually, I tried to experiment on how Andy’s and GregWhoDat make use of grinder to make the curves. Quite easy but have a lot of dust all around. I was lucky the smell of Kakawate is not so irritating compared with others. I did not apply any finish and further sand it because I like to see how nature will look like. The yellow portion looks like a driping candle. I hope my fellowship couple will like this.
The FLAT and LIVE edge…
There were a lot of question how to flatten a piece of wood. This is a really hard to plane wood. This will prove that anyone can use a portable planer. I use a Makita portable planer to flatten top and bottom of this scrap piece. It turned out to be good.. It is dense and hard so I just drilled hole for the candle and applied tung oil. Nice to see on my dining table from time to time. The last picture is the bottom flat.
THIS IS QUICK LOOK FOR THE SCRAP AND CUT-OFF AROUND YOUR SHOP. THE INNOVATIVE WAY.