|Project by matt garcia||posted 06-26-2008 06:35 AM||2406 views||5 times favorited||31 comments|
I just commented on dmann’s ambrosia maple box, and felt compelled to share this project, and story with you guys!
After I sold my Strat and bought my tablesaw, I needed a plain straight forward project to soothe my woodworking itch. While I was working at a 18 wheeler manufacturer, this chasis came in on a long pallet. Well the short cross boards weren’t too impressive, but the long ones were! They had some curl, and mineral streaks to them. So on my break, I wen’t out to the chassis, and cut all the short boards from the long ones, and proceeded to take them to my ‘95 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi. That car was big and long, but only had a ski opening in the rear seat. I carefully guided the boards through the hole, and managed not to tear up my leather seats. I brought them home, and sanded the fuzz off of them with my belt sander. Lo and behold they were maple! I showed them to my woodshop teacher, and he identified them as curly ambrosia maple. He enlightened me that the color change was due to different minerals in the water the tree grew next to. I thought they were gorgeous, and that along with my new tablesaw was what truly sparked my woodworking craze!! I still have some of this maple!!
Here are a few boxes I made with them. The first one has a padauk raised panel top. The second has a bloodwood raised panel top. The padauk topped box is my mom’s, the bloodwood is her sister’s. They are both finished in tung oil. The third picture are the “boards”!!
-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX