|Project by peteholzman||posted 05-13-2011 06:17 AM||1501 views||5 times favorited||9 comments|
This hutch was part of a seven piece commission for one of our lodges here in Idyllwild. The trim is sliced Manzanita, which is a rather gnarly tree common in our mountain area. The case is Mahogany and the slabs are Cedar.
The challenge with this piece was milling and slicing the Manzanita. If I had known about this site while I was building it. I would have taken some photos to show the process. Manzanita can be found all over our mountain, but for furniture use it has to be dead and totally grey (just looks like good firewood). It’s amazing, once it is sanded and oiled how all the color comes back. These trim pieces are obviously slices. I’ll post some other projects that show a full piece (they do not get very big in diameter, more like a large bush really).
First step was to get a flat side. I tried building a cradle that could run through the band saw, that worked OK, but was not very accurate. The easiest and fastest way was to run a log over the jointer a couple dozen times. It had to have three points of contact so that it wouldn’t dip into the blades. Once I got enough of a flat surface, I could then run it against the fence on the band saw