Floor Stand

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Project by Mikesawdust posted 04-22-2011 07:21 PM 1844 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was an unusual request. I designed this as a floor stand for a elephant tusk (it was a very old pre-ban tusk), the primary woods are amazon rosewood and black walnut. The angles were tricky and I had to use epoxy for gluing for the rosewood. The finish was a sealing coat of shalac and poly over that.

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#1 posted 04-23-2011 01:13 AM

You are a master craftsman! That piece is amazing. I love the way you used the rays in the rosewood in your design.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#2 posted 04-23-2011 01:24 AM

I disaggree with the master part, but the girl I made it for was very satisfied. I learned a lot making it, and spent a lot of time fixing initial mistakes, for instance woodglue will not bond to rosewood.

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#3 posted 04-23-2011 02:47 PM

was it the oils in the rosewood preventing the glue from holding or the density of the wood? great looking project!!

-- Larry, North Carolina

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#4 posted 04-23-2011 05:22 PM

I think it was mainly the Density and lack of pores in the wood, but no way to tell for sure. I was lucky I researched the wood because I was going to put a dutch oil finish on, research indicated the oil would just turn sticky but not soak in or dry and was a pain to remove.

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Jeffery Mullen

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#5 posted 04-24-2011 03:58 AM

Thanks for sharing. Ya I would say that would be a tricky project. I get some my self from customers. Take care.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#6 posted 04-24-2011 04:12 AM

Mike, the Rosewoods I know of all have oil in them. To glue them, wipe them down with Denatured Alcohol, then glue them. Acetone or mineral spirits would prob. also work.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#7 posted 04-24-2011 07:59 AM

I will definately keep the glueing info in mind, I have a few mare peices of different rosewoods for future projects. This one is safe because only the bottom supports the tusk, I added a metal pole(not shown) and put about 35 pounds of steel plate inside to keep it stable. The rosewood just rests on the base and covers all the metal.

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#8 posted 04-24-2011 08:06 AM

As far as the tricky angles, one of these days I’ll be able to do better estimates on how long it will take to do a project with these strange math problems. This project and the coin rack were both way more difficult than I originally thought, but I learned from both and I’m still learning (I would rather chalenge myself and lose money on a project than do things that bore me, of course with this mentality chances are it’s going to be a hobby for a long time)

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