|Project by Luke||posted 06-24-2011 02:17 AM||1445 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
My dad’s sailboat has a Plexiglass door that slides into a track which allows access to below deck. Recently his handle broke off (aluminum) and he asked if I could make a new one out of wood. His idea was to mimic the original handle a simple “L” Shaped design.
I used Honduras Mahogany (purchased at Rockler). My original intent was to use Teak but Rockler had this on sale and Teak is so darn expensive, and oily.
I decided to carve the name of his boat “Puff” (like wind, not the Magic Dragon, haha) and make it into a fathers day present.
it is my first attempt at carving anything. I used a chisel, an exacto knife and my dremil to remove the material.
The outer handle is finished with 4 coats of Spar Varnish, the inside (last minute add on) was finished with Shellac to give a more “Satin” look. And also I didn’t have 4 days to let the 4 coats of Varnish dry like the outside handle, and Shellac is what I had on hand :)
All in all, it was fun, used my hand planes to thickness the stock, and bandsaw to cut the curves and wasn’t a bad 1 day project (minus the 4 days of Varnish application and drying)
First time working with Mahogany, LOVED it.