|Project by AndyB||posted 02-03-2012 02:24 PM||1289 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
This mantle shelf was built from a salvaged water oak. Not the first choice of wood among woodworkers and often viewed as a ‘trash’ wood. But I had a decent sized log milled into slabs and despite a fight with twisting which cost me more than half of the 2” slab thickness, it ended up being worth the hassle. The entire front is a single piece of wood that was sliced up to create six panels and then glued back together. The panel design was inspired by one of the 200 year old live oaks that grace our property here in Brenham,Texas (see picture). I digitized an outline from the photo and transferred it onto each panel using carbon paper. I then ‘carved’ each panel freehand using a small router and a 1/16” straight bit. The most difficult task was shaping the top and bottom to fit against the stone fireplace. I don’t generally use stains but the water oak needed something to pop the grain so I used a Miniwax Colonial Oak stain and finished it with four coats of satin varnish.
-- Andy, Texas, http://www.boglewoodworks.com