|Project by jfk4032||posted 11-19-2011 12:06 AM||2571 views||8 times favorited||6 comments|
I have a few of these pieces on tap (no pun intended!) to do before the holidays. These are for the wine and beer lover friends of ours…one couple about to be married and the other a well deserved thank you for planning a recent trip.
This time around I did few things differently. First was the choice of wood. I had used 1/2” thick poplar on my previous 4 pieces and this time I wanted to use a harder, denser wood and make these thinner in overall thickness. I used Sycamore and resawed a 3/4”+ thick piece to yield two 5/16”+ thick pieces.
The second difference was that I stack cut two of these at a time…what a huge time savings in the drilling, cutting and sanding. I secured the pieces together with 4 screws in the waste area of all 4 corners and wrapped everything in clear tape to boot…it didn’t budge in the least. I also made sure my Hegner table was setup perfectly square knowing that I had some very tight detail in these pieces, especially in the cursive personalized names. I certainly didn’t want even the slightest of angles to skew the pattern on the lower piece in the stack.
By a nice coincidence, both of the guy’s names were David, so I cut everything in the stacked tandem except the girl’s names and the outer perimeter of the piece which I did individually.
I finished these with several coats of Deft Satin spray, then for the first time signed the back of these pieces, thanks to the advice and suggestions of many of you guys, and then sprayed another 4-5 coats to seal things in nicely and sanded to a nice finish.
I have a couple of wine/martini pieces I also need to complete soon, so I will definitely utilize the stacked cutting method to yield a two for one production.
Happy Turkey everyone!
-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!